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Salisbury Skatepark Construction Slated for October

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SALISBURY, Md. - The seven year struggle to bring a skate park to Salisbury will soon be over as construction is scheduled to begin on phase one of the skate park in October.

Alex Wilson of Salisbury said that he has been skating for about six years and it has been a long time coming for a place to legally skate in the city.
"It's essential.  I believe it is absolutely essential for us to have something like that.  It is something we have been working and fighting for for a very long time and we've earned it," Wilson said.

The project was approved by the Salisbury City Council in the summer of 2012 and it was in October of 2013 when the site on South Park Drive in Salisbury was selected as the future home of the skate park.  Ground has not even broken yet on the project but there is already some concern the park will turn into a place for undesirable activities after dark.  But Mike Jarrell of Salisbury, and a skater for the last three decades, said he does not believe the skate park will create a new burden for the community.

"It's no different than any other public park, whether it is a basketball court or a baseball field or a soccer field or anything like that.  Yes, there will be some degree of undesirables that kind of hang around there but I skate at the park in Delmar all the time and we don't have any kind of problem there that I can see," Jarrell said.

Plus, members of the skating community said they will take it upon themselves to police the park to ensure it is kept up well.

"In order for it to stick around and be right, we've got to kind of make it ours anyway.  We've got to make it ours and keep it ours so it doesn't go away like the last skate park did," said Wilson.

Members of the Salisbury Skatepark Committee tell WBOC the hope is to have the first phase of construction complete by Christmas time.  Committee members also said there will be a fence around the park to keep people out after dark.  The park's hours will be like any other park in the city, dusk until dawn.  There will also be a timed lock placed on the fence after both phases of the park are complete to regulate when people can come in and out of the new skate park.

The skatepark committee is still very much in need of funds for phase two of the project.  If you would like to donate to the project, visit www.salisburysk8park.com/


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