CHICAGO — In a bid to help Chicago skateboarders get their Christmas shopping done, the city is giving them a brand new set.
In an effort to give skateboarding in the city a boost, the Chicago Boardwalk is getting a brand-new set of roller skating wheels.
The wheels are being given to skaters who have received an emergency loan from the city to purchase new skateboard wheels and bearings, which were bought in bulk and delivered to the skateboarding community.
Last year, the boardwalk received a loan from Chicago’s Department of Financial Services to purchase a variety of skateboard bearings and bearings from local retailers.
In addition to buying skateboard parts, the department also provided loan funds to the Chicago Roller Skating Association to purchase skateboard skates for Chicago residents who cannot afford to buy their own wheels, according to Chicago BoardWalk board chair Mark Sauer.
Sauer said the department hopes to help skateboarder families afford new skateboards by giving them new sets of skate wheels and bearing stock.
“We’ve got a lot of skateboarding families that are struggling,” he said.
“We have a lot more people who are buying their own skateboards and bearings that can’t afford to spend more money on skateboard equipment.”
Sauer, who is also the chair of the Boardwalk’s boardwalk committee, said he wants the city and the skateboard community to benefit from the new wheels.
“We want to help our community get the new skate boards that they need, and skateboarding is a great sport,” he told WBEZ.
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