'Once you’re a skater, you’re kinda always a skateboarder’: Skate Bunker provides haven for older skaters

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CHICAGO — A longtime skateboarder created a skate park in his office space for the older generation of skaters.

“It’s kind of like every 16-year-old kid’s dream down here, we just did it a little bit later in life than we had anticipated,” said Greg Roberts, owner of Pardon My Thrashing.

It’s not your everyday office space.

The company started as a Facebook page, to create a community for skaters in Chicago— specifically the older generation of riders.

Now that page is a real location, at 1934 N. Campbell Ave., welcoming those who still love the sport.

“Once you’re a skater, you’re kinda always a skateboarder,” Greg Roberts said. "You might just skate a little less as you get older.”

But while the old guys ride, the younger generation follows too.

11-year-old Jimmy Kizziah has his dad to thank for the tricks he throws.

"He basically taught me everything that I know now,” Kizziah said.

As the Skate Bunker grows, it remains a place that values community more than the sport itself.


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