Bridge not just skate park

Chad Vaughn, 14, Joplin, does an ollie at The Bridge on Oct. 21.

Chad Vaughn, 14, Joplin, does an ollie at The Bridge on Oct. 21.

Parker Willis

Whether people get their kicks riding bikes, skateboarding or just listening to music, they can find something to do at the Bridge.

The Bridge is the only skate park in Joplin and one of the few concert venues locally that lets in all ages to see live music.

It plans on moving to a bigger facility near Sam’s Club and Holiday Inn by February.

But its current building still has plenty to do.

The building contains a skate-park, a youth center, a video game room, a climbing wall, a concert stage and a pro shop for skateboarders and BMX riders.

Currently, it plays host to several events.

Tuesday is bike night from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday is skate night from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday is youth night. Saturday starts with a session from noon to 6 p.m. and then a concert at 7:30 p.m.

In fact, Phill Sawkins, Bridge manager guarantees a show every Saturday night.

The Bridge has had a show every Saturday for more than three years. It has had such bands as Brown Bag Special, The Ben Miller Band, Kill that Kid, While I Breath and The Morgue Whores.

On Saturday, Macon, Cinna The Poet and A Day Away will be playing at the Bridge.

On Oct. 22, War of Ages and Becoming the Archetype will play.

On Oct. 29, Showbred will play, and on Nov. 6, Looking Forward will play.

John Boling, the center’s concert promoter, said the Bridge normally plays, mainly punk and hardcore music.

the Bridge does feature some singer/song writers, and bands like Ben Miller and Macon are not classified as hardcore.

The shows are always open to all ages, and the prices vary from $4-12.

The park also hosts events like the skate demo that was there earlier this week and video game tournaments.

“But we try not to be pigeonholed as a place for 13 year olds that play Halo,” Boling said.

The Bridge has everything under one roof right now but the new building will have three different buildings – one for the skate park, one for the concert venue and one for the youth center.

For more information, call 206-6886 or visit the center at 3411 N. Range Line Rd.