Summerville skate park set for summer opening

Summerville skate park set for summer opening

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Summerville's new skate park is set to open this summer.

Last week, crews broke ground at the park's location at the intersection of Magnolia Way and East Richland Street, just off Berlin G. Myer Parkway.

It doesn't look like much now, but in about a month and a half, the area will be packed with skaters.

The fenced-in park will feature rails and ramps for children of all ages.

One of the driving forces of the park has been Inland Skate Shop. "The kids need a place to skate. There are a lot of skaters in Summerville, so when the police tell them to leave they to tell them where they can go. It's just recreation, really," said owner, Bill Ridenour.

Ridenour is taking a creative route to raise money for more additions to the park. He is selling commemorative bricks for $50 a piece that anyone can put their name on. Each brick sold will appear in some part of the park.

The project cost $50,000, and was mostly paid for by the Town of Summerville. A group of young skaters got together and raised about $2,000 for the project.