Skate park underway in Charleston's neck area

Skate park underway in Charleston's neck area
Published: Apr. 26, 2016 at 8:47 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In just a few months, skateboarders in Charleston will have a place to call their own. Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission is building at $5 million dollar skate park in the neck of the peninsula. It is expected to draw in skateboarders from around the region.

Trip Calloway, 10, and his mother, Katy, are just two of many local skateboarder enthusiasts who are anxiously awaiting the grand opening of the skate park, called Sk8 Charleston.

"To see this come to fruition has been awesome," said Katy Calloway. "I know the kids are excited, I know some parents that are excited too."

It's been a facility local skateboarders have been pushing for for years.

"We have to make sure that we have something for everybody and I believe the skaters have kind of not been represented, as they should, in the past. So, we wanted to do this and we wanted to do this on a large scale," said Tom O'Rourke, Charleston County Parks and Recreation Committee.

Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission bought the roughly 25-acre plot of land specifically for this project.  1549 Oceanic Street is located in between I-26 and the "bridge to no where" (yet).

It's very close to where a mixed-used development called the Magnolia Project is set to be built. Charleston city officials say that with the peninsula close to capacity, the neck is the next place for growth.

"We wanted to be in the peninsula, but there were very few sites in the peninsula and a lot of them had restrictions," said O'Rourke.

The skate park facility will take up 32,500 square feet, or about 3 of the acres, of the property. Some of that is marsh leading up to the unfinished bridge.

It's developed by Team Pain, a world renowned skate park design company. Sk8 Charleston has bowls, the deepest being 12 feet, and an area called the snake, with over 200 feet of high and low stretches of smooth pavement.

"I like things like that, where there's not too many steep drops," said Trip Calloway, young skater.

There's also a street course, with a flat surface and raised elements, like rails and stairs. The park will have parking and a building, with first aid, bathrooms and snacks for sale.

Park officials say skaters of all ages and skill levels will be welcome.

"There's a great fellowship around skateboarding and they kind of take care of each other and learn from each other," said Katy Calloway.

The park will be monitored and users will pay a day pass, or membership fee. Developers say the project should be complete and ready for riding by late fall.

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