Team effort creates place for skateboard enthuasiasts Little City open for business in former Sioux Tools building Half-pipe. Fun box. Spines. Quarters.
There's nothing vague about these terms to the avid skateboard enthusiast.
That explains, in part, the instant popularity of one Vermillion's newest businesses, Little City Indoor Skateboard Park.
Little City, the only indoor skateboard park between Minneapolis, MN and Omaha, NE, features the longest half-pipe in the Midwest.
The 6,500 square-foot facility includes a 42-foot long half-pipe, a street-skate area with a pro-style fun box, spines, quarters, and ramps.
Little City also features a pro shop with skateboard and in-line skates.
Skaters can rejuvenate and non-skaters can soak up the atmosphere at the XXX Cafe with food, high-energy drinks and live music events.
Little City opened its doors with an official grand opening complete with an skateboard exhibition, open skate and a jam session featuring local bands on Nov. 16.
On Nov. 23, the place was full of kids taking advantage of open skating at special prices as part of the kickoff of holiday events in Vermillion last weekend.
Little City is already getting excited inquiries from first- graders through thirty-somethings who all share a passion for skateboarding. The owners share that passion, too � that's how the whole thing started. Located in the former Sioux Tools manufacturing building, Little City is a project between its creators, Todd S. Osborn and Roger Jepsen, and the city of Vermillion.
Osborn, who lives in Vermillion, is credited with developing the direct PC sales model that pushed Gateway to the top, and has since held CEO positions with other technology companies.
Jepsen, a resident of Sioux Falls, is a much sought-after PC expert, working in sales, hardware, Web development and software training.
Osborn and Jepsen love extreme sports, including skateboarding. Seeing the enthusiasm for outdoor skate parks in Sioux Falls, Yankton, Norfolk, NE, and Sioux City, IA, they decided the skateboarding community needed a place to skate year-round.
After months of researching possible locations, they got in touch with Vermillion City Manager Jim Patrick. Patrick is especially excited to bring this new venture to Vermillion.
"We are so excited and fortunate to have Little City coming to Vermillion," he said. "It will be a great place for Vermillion's youth to enjoy."
"The city of Vermillion literally opened up their arms to us," Osborn said. "Their enthusiasm compliments our passion for the sport of skateboarding."
Little City is located off Highway 50 on the east side of Vermillion at 911 N. Norbeck St. For more information, go to www.littlecityskate.com and/or call (605) 624-0217.