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Skate Parks on the Rise

By: Randy Yohe Email
By: Randy Yohe Email

If your town doesn't have a skate park, somebody's trying to get one and if it has a skate park, someone wants to expand it.

Portsmouth's a city joining San Francisco, Barcelona and Sydney as skateboarding meccas.

Thursday was International Go Skateboarding Day.

After a rough spin in 2006, that’s what Portsmouth’s Skater Nation decided to get for the 2007 Wild in the Streets Parade.

Among about 150 skaters, there were dozens in from cities and towns where they said there's nowhere to really legally skate.

Skate parks are growing and at Kenova's Dreamland Pool, they cut the ribbon on phase one Saturday.

In Gallipolis a public private partnership will build a skate park, but they're waiting for an $80,000 grant to build a new skate park at Fairfield East.

In Portsmouth, the mayor promises the temporary parking lot park next to the skate shop is just temporary.

Skaters and skater parents said it gives the kids a place to play, along with taking away the stereotyping.

A report card with three “A's” will get a student a big discount at the Boarderline Skate Shop in Portsmouth.

The Born 2 Skate committee in Gallipolis said their $50,000 skate park should be finished by summer's end and the plan is to start building Huntington’s first skate park next spring.

What makes the skaters feel good about that is they've actually had input in the design plan.


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