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Ready for another X Games, Boise? How about a Harley-Davidson race, too?

X Games in Boise boasts athletes from around the world

Hawaiian competitor Heiamana Reynolds rolled into Rhodes Skate Park with the hopes of heading to the X Games final competition in Minneapolis.
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Hawaiian competitor Heiamana Reynolds rolled into Rhodes Skate Park with the hopes of heading to the X Games final competition in Minneapolis.

The Boise City Council approved an agreement Tuesday for ESPN to hold an X Games qualifier at Rhodes Skate Park for the second year in a row.

Last year’s qualifier drew sellout crowds and elite competitors in skateboarding and BMX. It also drew praise from athletes and organizers alike for the skate park, which many said is one of the best in the world.

This year’s events would have the same sports and would take place June 14-17, with the competition occurring on Saturday, June 17. Boise Parks and Recreation director Doug Holloway said last year’s event met safety and security expectations and provided a well-executed TV production, so the city will follow that blueprint.

But Holloway wants to give this year’s X Games qualifier more of a festival atmosphere that families, especially those with children, can enjoy for longer periods of time. He said the city will look for family-oriented games and activities, such as art projects to offer. Parks and Recreation might send its Mobile Recreation team, which engages kids in games and activities, Holloway said.

The city also will look for ways to give more spectators a direct view of the competition area and might set up more video screens showing the performances.

Nate Alseth, of The Board Room in Boise, explains what you need to know about buying your first skateboard.

Boise’s agreement also requires the city to try to find a place for ESPN to hold a Harley-Davidson Hooligan race on the same dates as the X Games qualifier. Here’s how Harley-Davidson’s website describes Hooligan racing: “No Frills. Just thrills. No pros. No expectations. Roll in with no rules and ride for the pure thrill of it.” ESPN would televise that event, too.

It’s unclear where this race might take place. ESPN released a statement Tuesday through Parks and Recreation that did not disclose any details. Even if the race happens, Holloway said, Boise likely won’t be involved as closely as in the X Games qualifier.

It was amazing to watch talented skaters and BMX bikers soar through the air at Rhodes Skate Park for the Road to X Games qualifier in Boise. Here are some photos.

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