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Epworth UM Church to Host Skate Park Grand Opening

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (WBOC)- Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach will host a community-wide celebration for the grand opening of its new skate park on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The dedication ceremony is free and open to the public beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at the church on 19285 Holland Glade Rd. It will include skating contests and live music. Food and drink from Matt Haley's Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen will be available for purchase. Haley will donate the proceeds from food sales back to the skate fund.

 Music will be provided by the Epworth Praise Team, Vin Fischer, Welter, Shutter, Keep for Yourself and McRad. McRad is a skate-punk band featuring Philadelphia resident, Chuck Treece. Treece, 50, plays drums, guitar and bass. He was a professional skater from 1982 to 1990. 

The skate park was funded entirely by donations from local businesses and individuals. Jesse Clayton, owner of 5th Pocket Design, began working with "The Skate Project" in July 2013. Clayton's goal was to design a park for skateboarders of all levels of ability.

Evergreen Skateparks, based out of Portland, Oregon, was hired to build the park. Construction began in early July and was finished in mid-August.

“This skate park is something we have needed here for a long time,” said project organizer Susan Selph. “Surfing, skimboarding and skateboarding are all a part of beach culture and until now, skateboarders didn't have a place to safely do it in Rehoboth without getting ticketed.”

The park, located on the perimeter of the church's parking lot, is free and open to the public. It is a “use at your own risk” facility.

“Many people in the community have supported this project. Especially people who are donating money for their grandkids to be able to have a place to skate, since they remember when their children didn't have a place to,” said Selph.

Registration is not required for general use of the skate park, but all skateboarders must register for Sunday's event whether or not they participate in contests. Those under the age of 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian. Registration will begin at 1 p.m.

For more information on the Epworth skate park, or how to donate, visit www.eumcbr.org/sk8.  

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