Downtown Charleston skate park slowly grinding ahead by Mark Davenport, WCSC

by Mark Davenport, WCSC

http://www.live5news.com/story/17379334/downtown-charleston-skate-part-slowly-grinding-ahead

A skate park in downtown Charleston is slowly grinding ahead with plans to build. Skaters are one meeting away from finding out whether their dreams will come true.

It’s been years in the making, but the decision on whether an area in downtown will become Charleston’s first skate park could happen in the next two months.

There’s a lot of people who are tired of waiting and are ready to skateboard. Ryan Cockrell and Shannon Smith have a downtown skate park envisioned in their minds underneath Highway 17’s overpass.

The two brain storm about what’s possible for a skating community that grows daily.

“It’s been frustrating, but like everything you learn, things that are worth obtaining take hard work,” Smith said.

But after two years, $68,000 and hard work, they’re still walking through overgrown grass.

Tom O’Rourke, executive director of Charleston County Parks and Rec, was the man who promised the skateboarding community a home. He says the final decision is one meeting in Columbia away.

O’Rourke says if a compromise can be struck, a skate park will be in downtown in the next 14 months. O’Rouke says if the two sides can’t see eye to eye, he won’t spend anymore time and money on the location. He says the skate park will go elsewhere.

If approved, O’Rourke says the skate park will be self-sufficient. The money to build will come from reserves from parks and recreation events and skaters will pay the fees to use the park.

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