Overground Opens A New Skater Haven in the Cedars with Saturday's Tribute to Legendary Jeff Phillips
The Overground Project at 2117 S. Ervay is now the second skate center opened in an old warehouse in the Cedars just south of downtown. It's a far-reaching enterprise that'll hold big and small skate and art events, put on traveling skate shows and clinics, and even produce new skate videos from around the state.
Tomorrow's event from noon to 6 p.m. will feature a lineup of pro skaters (click to enlarge the poster to the right), plus a photo exhibit from skater/photographer Neal Hendrix. Mike Crum, one of Overground's founders, says they'll also be running old video of Phillips in action, and have his old boards out on display. The $15 ticket price ($10 in advance) will benefit the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, in recognition of Phillips' suicide in 1993.
"The first time I ever saw skateboarding, I saw Jeff Phillips. He was a mentor to me. I came up under his generation of sktaters," Crum says. "We just want to pay tribute to the guy who really put Texas skateboarding on the map."
Crum says they're putting the finishing touches on their outdoor vert ramp today, so it'll be ready for the big event. He says Overground's the result of seven months of work in the old warehouse they found and outfitted with all new wiring and plumbing.
He and Overground co-founder have run a traveling skate event company together for a while now, once based out of the nearby Guapo skatepark we featured in the Observer last August.
Bradley says Overground's going to be focused on community-oriented events for Dallas kids who can't easily get to the big skateparks that've sprung up in suburbs like Irving, Allen and Lewisville. And he says they're still close with what's going on at Guapo -- might even plan a skate contest between the two centers. "You have arts districts," he suggests, "you'd have a skate district."