East Woods
Skate Plaza

Huntington Park
300 Block of
Caleb Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13206

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Skateboard Competition

Syracuse Sports Corp is organizing a larger competitive event for Spring 2015. Check back for updates.

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This project shows what our community, working together, can accomplish.

Phase II will provide more space and more elements to encourage teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline in a safe environment.

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The Skateboarders' Stories

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Skateboarders’ Stories

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Skateboarders Santino “Stixz” Chambers (2005), Jamie Notarthomas (1979) and Neil Kraus (2007)

The development of the East Woods Skate Plaza has a long history. Important and unique in this story is the significant involvement of young people to ignite and propel the project forward.

These three stories provide a glimpse into the history of the project and the perseverance needed to make it happen. Most important, it describes how significant skateboarding has been, and continues to be, in the lives of young people.

Thank you, Neil, Stixz and Jamie, for sharing your stories and for your role in making the East Woods Skate Plaza a reality!

The “Rip City Rats”

Jamie Notarthomas

When reviewing the history of skateboarding in Eastwood, there are three names that clearly stand out: Jimi Crimi, Jamie Notarthomas and The Rip City Rats.

Jamie remembers the day in 1978 when “real” skateboarding was introduced to a group of 13-15 year-old Eastwood kids at Huntington Park. Jimi Crimi, who lived in the Arlington section of Eastwood, showed up one day with expensive custom skateboards and a magazine covering the latest gear and stars of this radical new sport coming out of California.

“Jimi was wearing pads,” Jamie said, “that protected him from falls that would normally put kids in the hospital. We were awed by his gravity-defying tricks. And it didn’t take long for him to jump over the fence and continue his moves in the empty, Olympic-sized Huntington Pool.”

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Skateboarding and Becoming a Man

Santino “Stixz” Chambers

It was skateboarding that helped Stixz come to terms with the untimely death of his stepfather and suddenly becoming the son of a single, disabled mom. Stixz (a shortened version of Sticklet, the nickname he received from his father) was only 13 when his family, including an 8-year-old sister, lost their anchor, protector and provider.

Looking back, Stixz believes skateboarding helped him grow up quickly and accept more responsibility than he ever thought possible. Perfecting the art and action sport of skateboarding, while building relationships with other skaters, helped form his character and future priorities in life.

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Skateboarding is a “Way of Life”

Neil Kraus

When it comes to persevering with a project, 23-year-old skateboarder Neil Kraus sets the bar pretty high. Since the age of 15, Neil has been a working member of Eastwood Neighborhood Association’s (ENA’s) Skate Park Research Committee throughout its eight years of planning, designing and building the East Woods Skate Plaza.

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