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Hampden's Roosevelt Park skatepark is finally finished

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Posted at 1:18 PM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 13:20:25-05

BALTIMORE — A project years in the making has finally been completed!

Skatepark of Baltimore Inc. announced they have finally completed their park in Hampden's Roosevelt Park. The organization says over 50 people tested the new park last Tuesday in their first lighted session.

The project started in 2006 and included three different phases of skatepark construction, as well as years of work.

The now completed park features sports lighting, seating, landscaping, and shade structures that all together represent a $350,000 investment in what is now a million dollar facility. The mission of The Skatepark of Baltimore Inc. (SoB) was to build a world class, public, concrete, destination skatepark in the City of Baltimore.

Now, this park will help over 30,000 teens and adults annually.

“Seeing the park lit up for the first time was like realizing our own “Field of Dreams” This park will provide recreational opportunities for the youth of Baltimore for the next twenty years, touching the lives of close to one million young people,” said SoB's founder and President Stephanie Murdock.

And SoB says their work in Baltimore is not done. They are continuing to work and advocate for the construction of more skateparks in communities around the Baltimore area, as well as promoting skateboarding.

SoB says they would also like to thank the donors who made the park possible including: The Abell Foundation, The Tony Hawk Foundation, The Clayton Baker Trust, The Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund, BGE and The University of Baltimore. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony will be planned for the upcoming year.