A summer downhill

School's out for the summer and skateboarders are flocking to Grayson Skatepark on Beal Street in Charlotte to shred, schralp and rip on ramps.

Grayson, which opened in 2005, is one of two skate parks that provide relief from the city ordinance that forbids skateboarding in the street, except on crosswalks. “It's a great place,” says skateboarder Bryan Torrew. "Kids of all ages can come hang out here, it gives them something to do to stay off the streets.”

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the park will host the 3rd Annual Charlotte Skateboarding & Music Festival. Families are invited to see skateboarders of all levels, including some of the top performers in the area, showcase their skills.

The event, a partnership with the Mecklenburg Department of Park and Recreation, will also feature live hip-hop and alternative music. Cost: $12 to skate, free to watch. For more information, go to www.csmfestival.com or call 704-625-7354.