Autographed Tony Hawk Skateboard Raises Funds for Epworth Skate Park
Skateboard autographed by Tony Hawk donated to the Epworth Skate Project
Epworth Skate Park
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Nearly two months after it opened, the Epworth Skate Park in Sussex County is still looking for more funds to improve the new park. Longneck resident, Brian K. Smith, donated a skateboard autographed by Tony Hawk to help raise funds for the new park.
"I figured I could give it to a great cause in hopes to raise money and make someone very happy to own a piece of history. I am so happy that there is finally a safe place for all skaters to enjoy, " said Smith.
The Epworth United Methodist Church is the home of the newly renovated skate park. It opened back in August and is located on Holland Glade Road in the church's parking lot. The free-access park is "skate at your own risk," but they do have 24 hour video surveillance to keep everyone safe.
WBOC was at the grand opening in August and spoke with several skaters in the community. Fifty-year-old Bob Dreher said as a resident of Rehoboth Beach, the park will become his second home. "I don't have to drive a half hour down to Ocean City, Maryland anymore and deal with the traffic. This is great. Being here, it's our own park," Dreher said. Will Kelleher is also one of many children who was thrilled when the skate park opened. "I like it. I like the bowl, and I'm glad that there's a skate park that I can go to everyday," Kelleher said.
Susan Selph has been the driving force behind the project. As of August, the Rehoboth community raised over $80,000 in just one year. Selph said the park was in desperate need of a face lift.
"When we first started, we had wooden ramps that got so much use that we couldn't keep them in good repair, so concretes a good thing out here," Selph said.
"The people in our community have been so great. They have found a lot of different ways to be supportive of the park," said Chad Murr, who organized the fundraiser.
The Birdhouse skate deck was autographed by Hawk in 2007. Hawk nicknamed, "The Birdman," is the most recognized Action Sports figure in the world and, according to some marketing surveys, one of the most recognizable athlete of any kind in the United States.
Raffle tickets for the skateboard can be purchased at the following stores: Liquid Board Shop in Rehoboth, East of Maui in Dewey Beach and Lewes, Dewey Beach Surf & Sport, Sierra Moon Surf & Skate in Rehoboth, Kid's Ketch in Lewes, Switch Skateboarding in Newark, Kinetic Skateboarding in Wilmington, and Swirled World in Ocean City, Maryland.
Tickets are $5.00. All proceeds go to Epworth Skate Park. The winner will be announced on Sunday, November 2nd at 3 pm the skate park.