But before you point the finger, get the whole story
When we recently heard that Etnies Skatepark had banned pegs, we were a little shocked, especially after the strong support BMX has been receiving from the park directors, City of Lake Forest and Etnies. Recent contests have been welcomed with open doors by the park, rewarded with huge rider turnouts and helped out by generous donations by Etnies, so why the sudden “turn” on BMX?
The important thing is to understand where this decision is coming from before you jump the gun and point an angry finger at the shoe company that has supported BMX since 1995. Etnies name is affiliated with the park because they helped start it and donate generously to help it maintain and grow, but when it comes to physically running the park and establishing the rules, the power lies with the city of Lake Forest. Clear on how important peg use is to park riding and BMX, Etnies Ashton Maxfield had this to say to riders to let them know exactly where Etnies stands on the matter.
“Etnies was surprised to find out that the City of Lake Forest banned BMX pegs from the skatepark after the fact. The Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest is managed and run by the City of Lake Forest, not by Etnies or Etnies personnel. We understand the impact this decision has on the BMX community and Etnies senior management will work with the City of Lake Forest toward solving this issue.”
With any luck the matter will soon be resolved and life at the Etnies park will return to normal before your favorite ledges and stretches of coping get rusted and lonely.