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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Pink Panther skatepark

I found this Pigmy Skates page with some nice photos from the abandoned (and now destroyed) Pink Panther skatepark outside of Slidell. The Pink Panther was a 1970's era concrete skatepark located off of I-12 at the Pink Panther trailer park. I was lucky enough to go skate it once with Mike Smiley in the mid 90's. It was abandoned then, and we eventually got chased off by a sheriff. It has since been bulldozed. Anyway, it featured lots of banks, a snakerun that emptied into a bowl (that was full of water), a snakerun with a huge transitional wall, and some volcano / hip type things. Check out the Pigmy Skates page for a lot more photos of the park.

Here are a few shots of Mr. Smiling Michael at the Pink Panther. Hopefully, someday photos of the park when it was actually open in the 70's will surface.

Pigmy Skates also has a page on Houma's Paisley Fart Ditch, which was apparently the equivalent of Lafayette's Greenbriar Ditch. That is, a ditch that was fairly lame, but since it was the only one around, everyone still went there to skate it all the time.

I remember when we used to skate that little stupid Hub City Ford ditch or that one in between the two sides of the Thruway... then I took a roadtrip out to Albuquerque and skated the ditches out there. They were like works of art, perfectly transitional, hips, spines, roll-ins, you name it. Lafayette ditches were never the same again. Speaking of Greenbriar, here's a photo that I got from Beth Blackburn of Jerry Guillory standing in the middle of Greenbriar Ditch.

Also, here's one of somebody skating the Catfish Banks in Baton Rouge that I found somewhere. Damn, I miss that place.


Anonymous Crack said...

Somewhere. . . in the depths of my junk. . . I have pics of R.O.T. at the Pink Panther. . . we used to hit it. . . about 6:30am. . . on Sunday mornings. . . coming back from playing Pensacola. . . with Maggot Sandwich. . . it was me, Chachi and Chris Vanway. . . also I have pics of George Brown at the Chicken Banks . . . when I find 'em. . .I'll flow 'em to ya. . .

5:28 AM  
Blogger Great Boudenny said...

That would definitely be cool. I still need to go see the chicken banks.

Speaking of Maggot Sandwich, I was just checking out Immaculate Deception with Vik Kaos. Those definitely look like some interesting shows: http://www.immaculatedeception.org/photo%20gallery.htm

11:39 AM  
Blogger grimcity said...

I know this is an old blog post, but tanks for uploading the Pink Panther photos... when I was a kid we used to go there at least twice a month (from the late 80's to mid 90's) and sometimes get a full day's session, or get run off by the cops or the people that owned the trailer park. The snakerun was classic, but the doughnut/volcano combo thing was brilliant... wish we had something like that here in Hammond!

Also, the Cat Banks are better than ever- same hips, but there are some really fun DIY obstacles there now as well.

7:43 AM  
Anonymous hau69@yahoo.com said...

I use to skate there in the late 70's. I'm looking for pic's

8:10 PM  
Blogger Unknow Soldier said...

My younger brother, cousin, and me cut the barbed wire down in the middle of the night officially reopening this park back in the early 90's

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