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New skate park opens Sunday in Richmond

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After years of obstacles, skateboarders in Richmond are four days away from having their own skate park.

The course is under construction at Carter Jones Park. Skaters will have a permanent place to test out their skills, and neighbors won't have to listen to it.

The course has at least half a dozen concrete ramps, jumps and rails. Skaters say it's been a tricky maneuver finding a place to roll out their skills.

"There's nowhere right now in the city that they can skate without being harassed or without honestly damaging other people's property," said Kenny Shafter, an avid skater excited for the park.

For years, skaters sped to a makeshift park on the Carter Jones Park tennis courts. However, after noise and loitering complaints, the city threatened to wipe out the park.

Skaters rallied and compromised with neighbors and the city. City officials agreed to fund a $70,000 concrete course, across from the tennis courts. Concrete is much quieter than wooden ramps.

"Kids need something to do, athletic. Stop playing video games and sitting on a couch eating Cheetos," said Bernie McGrew, who helped push for the skate park. The experienced skater is dedicating his own time to help build it.

Much of the plywood used to make the new obstacles came from the makeshift ramps that were over by the tennis courts. Those courts are now completely clear of any skaters.

The park is set to be ready for skaters this Sunday afternoon.

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