Skating along

A look at skating parks in the Tri-State area

A look at skating parks in the Tri-State area

May 01, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

For parents, it's an opportunity to get their kids away from video games and into some fresh air and exercise.

For youths, it's a chance to hang with friends and show off their skills.

We're talking skate season.

Some Tri-State-area town officials hear grief about skateboarders. But these places were built for skating. The only complaints you might hear at these places are friends ragging on your moves.

Skate Park at Fairgrounds Park

WHERE: Under the grandstands in Fairgrounds Park off North Cleveland Avenue in Hagerstown

HOURS: Opens for the season Thursday, May 7. 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Season runs through Nov. 11.

COST: $5 on weekends; $3 on weeknights.

FEATURES: Half-pipe, ramps, two quarter-pipes, grind rails and a small ramp with a grind rail on it.

CONTACT: Skate park office, 301-393-3765; to reserve for birthday parties call 301-739-8577, ext. 190. Go to


MORE: For skateboarders and in-line skaters. Helmets, knee pads and elbow pads are required and available for rent at $1 per hour. Everyone must sign a release form; parents or guardians must sign the form for participants 17 and younger.

Hillstreet Skatepark

WHERE: Hill Street off Hillcrest Drive, which is off the Golden Mile in Frederick, Md.

HOURS: 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 3 to 9 p.m. Fridays, noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 8 p.m. Sundays, weather permitting.

COST: Daily passes cost $4 to $10 depending on age and whether participant is a Frederick resident. Passes available for 13 visits and the year.

FEATURES: 17,000-square-foot concrete park with two pools including a clover bowl, a full street area, ledges and rails.

CONTACT: Skate park, 240-409-3807; Recreation Department, 301-600-1492. Go to

MORE: For skateboarders and in-line skaters. Must wear helmets. Must sign a participation agreement/assumption of risk, liability and indemnification. Parents must sign if participant is 17 or younger.

To learn about events, go to

Seven, one-week summer skate camps will be held starting Monday, June 29, for ages 8 to 14. Teaches new skaters tricks and provides experienced skaters with practice time. Sessions are 9 to 11:30 am. $60 for Frederick residents; $80 for nonresidents.

Physics of Skateboarding class for ages 9 and up from May 15 to June 19. Bring your skateboard. $60 to $70.

Dunlap Family Skatepark

WHERE: 12684 Mentzer Gap Road, Waynesboro, Pa.

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 30 minutes before sunset, weather permitting.

COST: Free

FEATURES: Street-style skate park includes stairs, rails and ramps.

CONTACT: Call 717-762-3128. Go to

MORE: For skateboarders and in-line skaters. Must wear helmet, kneepads, elbow pads, wrist guards and shoes. Must register with Washington Township office and sign park waiver and park rules agreement. Ages 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Memorial Park Skate Park

WHERE: Memorial Drive, off McKinley Street or Stouffer Avenue, Chambersburg, Pa.

HOURS: Dawn to dusk through Memorial Day and after Chambersburg schools start in the fall. During pool season, which starts Saturday, May 23, hours are 12:30 to 8 p.m. daily. The pool season ends the day before the first day of school, but the pool is also open Labor Day weekend.

COST: During pool season, must pay pool admission fee to access skate park; $3.50 for borough residents, $5 for nonresidents. Season passes available. Free outside of pool season.

FEATURES: Steep and shallow ramps, grind rails, tables and jumping stools.

CONTACT: Call 717-261-3275. Go to

MORE: For skateboarders, in-line skaters and bikers.

Skateboarding free-for-all from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 17. Skateboards will be available for use and there will be demonstrations.

Skateboarding clinics will be held in June and August for ages 5 and older for $25 to $35. Registration deadline for first clinic is May 26.

One8sk8 Park at Hedgesville Assembly

WHERE: Hedgesville Assembly of God, 6867 Hedgesville Road, west of Hedgesville, W.Va.

HOURS: Grand opening Saturday, May 2, from 2 to 8 p.m. Regular hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays while school is in session. 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during summer break. In November, open only on Saturdays.

COST: $2 admission. Free on Saturday, May 2.

FEATURES: 20-foot-long half-pipe with new 12-foot extension, with a grind railing, off the half-pipe's drop-in ledge. Four-sided ramp. Park entrance has drop-in ramp off back of a bus that was cut in half.

CONTACT: Call church at 304-754-8020 or go to and click on What We Do menu, going down to one8sk8.

MORE: For skateboarders and in-line skaters ages 9 and older. Helmets required. Must sign waiver.

Usually host a couple trick competitions, though none scheduled yet for this season.

180 Skate Shop

WHERE: 180 Skate Shop, 176 Hack Wilson Way, off W.Va. 9 in Martinsburg, W.Va.

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