Growing up in a small town with a Class 3A high school, I had plenty of opportunities to participate in traditional sports. We didn’t have to try out, we just told the coach — who usually doubled as the science, history or government teacher — that we wanted to be on the team.
In College Station, the sheer size of the school district requires kids to try out for sports teams and some kids don’t make the cut. That’s why the Parks and Recreation Department works hard to encourage alternatives such as skateboarding. The G. Hysmith Skate Park, which opened in 2011, is one of the nation’s premiere skate parks and integrates street, bowl and pool elements, forming a perfect combination for skaters of all skill levels.