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Sussex County Church Skates Toward New Park

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - One Sussex County Church hopes to build community one "kick flip" at a time, but they can't do it alone.

Dozens roll into the Epworth united Methodist Church in Rehoboth about once a month, not for church service, but for the skate park, and these boarders admit, it's...well...heaven.

"It let's me just show off all of my tricks," says pint-sized skater Brent, a six year-old who's been skating since June.

The idea came from what many people saw as a need.  Chad Murr, a skater, and supporter of Epworth Skate Park says "we don't have a skate park in this town."

Although it's makeshift at this point, Epworth Skate Park is the only one between Newark to Ocean City.

In 2008, one of Epworth's members asked to use the parking lot to celebrate national skate day with borrowed and donated equipment.

"About 2 years ago, Chad Murr and some of the other adult skaters in the area said we really like what you're doing here, we really want to help," says pastor Pat Laughlin.

Since then, certain skate elements have been brought in, but supporters wanted to see it become more concrete, designing a concrete bowl and other permanent pieces.

The group hopes to raise $50,000 by October 15th.  Fundraising started August 28th and the Epworth Skate Project is already 40 percent of the way to their goal.

"I think that they know it's more than just a skate park. It's a part of the community, it's a way to build the community," says Sue Selph, a volunteer with the skate park.

While they aren't ministering directly to the skaters, Pastor Laughlin believes the work they're doing is linked to the mission of the church, saying "the goal of the church is to reach the people who aren't in the pews, well, here they are!"

If all goes as planned, construction on the cement park will start in October, and is expected to be finished as soon as November.

There is no charge to enter the skate park, and if you'd like to make a donation, visit Epworth online.

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