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AZ Grind Xtreme indoor skate park gears up for ‘Vert Competition’

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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 9:26 am | Updated: 2:54 pm, Mon Aug 27, 2012.

When people drive by the business park located near Pecos and Ellsworth roads, they have no idea that a skateboarder’s dream is located there.

Situated near the back of the business park, AZ Grind in south Mesa is the newest extreme skate park in the Queen Creek area. Opened in April by Tricia and Todd Thompson, the park is a dream come true for local teens who have a passion for skate boarding and BMX. It is the only indoor skate park in the state that welcomes boarders, scooters, and BMX.

“We are really excited to be part of this community,” said Tricia Thompson, who owns and operates the park with her husband and son. “Our park features a 12-foot vertical ramp, as well as an 8-foot vertical ramp, a mini with a spine, a bowl, street course and another mini ramp. We also have a rental, sales and repair shop onsite.”

AZ Grind has been a popular spot for boarders and teens who are curious about the sport and want to learn more. Being indoors and air conditioned is another plus, especially with the summer temps in Arizona. But the park isn’t just a place to drop off your kids; each week there is a different theme that includes structured learning and fun. Additional events will be planned throughout the year.

The park is currently preparing for the very first AZ Grind Games -- Vert Competition, which will be noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. The competition starts at 2 pm. There is a $20 registration fee and prizes will be awarded in six different age categories. There will be one overall King of the Vert Champion who will receive special recognition.

For more information or to register for the competition call AZ Grind at (480) 888-0499 or visit AZ Grind is located at 8743 E. Pecos Road, Ste 136, Mesa.

Bridgette Crosby is a writer who lives in and loves the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley area. Reach her at

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