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Skate Season Opens In Rehoboth With Plans For Park

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - The skating season opened Sunday at Epworth United Methodist Church Sunday.  It was a simple idea six years ago, that has provided a safe place for local kids to hang out, learn from each other and build a bond.

"This skate park is good, but all the ramps are wooden and you can get hurt on them," said local skater Sam Ratner.

It's a worry he won't have much longer, because the church is ready construct a more solid solution for area skate boarders. After a year of planning, the group managed to raise nearly $70,000 for a concrete skate park.

"That, I tell you what, is nothing short of a miracle," said Mike Reynolds, board member of Epworth United Methodist Church. "They went out in this community and all of a sudden this community wrapped their arms around them."

So much that the group's initial goal of $50,000 was met in the first six months. They revised plans in January and set a new goal of $75,000. The overwhelming community support is exactly the inclusive spirit that Reynolds says will be reflected in the community skate park.

"It doesn't matter if your parents are wealthy or if your parents can't put two nickels together," Reynolds said. "This is the place for everyone, and everyone to just enjoy themselves."

"I have a bunch of friends that are way older than me and way younger than me," said Ratner. "And if you skate board it just like brings you together."

Jason Wilson, Owner of AlleyOop Skim Boarding in Dewey Beach, Del, and a fundraising supporter.  

"To have a place for them only makes sense," Wilson said. "We have little league fields, we have basketball courts a skate park is needed as well."

And that place will be a permanent fixture in this community, later this summer. The group plans to break ground around July 4th.
   

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