Ian Abott says he led efforts to open Premises Park, a nonprofit indoor park for BMX and skateboard riders, because he saw a need.
The BMX riders he knew had been frustrated by their inability to gain access to many of the city's existing skate parks.
“It started a couple of years ago with the city of Tucson opening up a skate park and not allowing BMX bikes into the park,” Abott says. “Where else are you going to go? We’ll do it for ourselves … I’m kind of thinking it’s more fun to be the pirates than join the Navy sometimes.”
Abott says the community has been supportive of Premises Park, which is located in a former sofa factory, and volunteers are already looking at opportunities to expand.