[CHARLESTON] -- The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) is set to open a premier concrete skate park, known as SK8 Charleston, with grand opening special events on Saturday, March 4 and Saturday, March 11.
Located at 1549 Oceanic Street on the Charleston peninsula, this site overlooking the Ashley River features over 32,500 square feet of skate-able terrain designed and built by Team Pain Skate Parks. The park grand opening special events on March 4 and 11 are open to the public and will feature live music, giveaways, best trick contests and skateboarding demos.
“The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission has always looked to provide world-class facilities for the public we serve,” said CCPRC Executive Director Tom O’Rourke. “SK8 Charleston is the next in a long line of great facilities.”
“The Charleston County area has been waiting a long time for the opportunity to enjoy a facility like this. We are all as excited about the opening of this park as any facility we have opened.”
SK8 Charleston will feature a 200-foot-long snake run, an 11.5-foot-deep pro bowl, a seven-foot-deep intermediate bowl, and a 315-foot-long street course. The facility features a building with a large viewing deck, a small skate shop, restrooms, seating, and food and drink concessions.
The grand opening events will feature live music from local and regional punk, ska and indie rock bands performing beginning at 1 p.m. Bands include Dragged Under, Colorworld, Black Power Mixtape, Another Man’s Trash, Sex Wax, Voorhees, Dumb Doctors, and McRad on March 4, and Anergy, Glass Lashes, The Prevalent, The Lungs, Hale Bopp Astronauts, Hearts on Fire and Lewis Turn Out on March 11.
An admission fee will be charged for spectators and participants. General admission to the skate park will be $3 for participants, and $1 for spectators. Gold Pass holders and kids 2 and under may spectate free of charge. An annual skate park pass can be purchased for $40.
SK8 Charleston’s hours of operation will be 2-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Skateboarding and in-line skating will be the only activities allowed every Wednesday through Monday, with each Tuesday designated as a BMX biking-only day.
All ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Helmets will be required for all who are skating or biking. Pads are recommended, but not required. Children 12 and under must be under the supervision of an adult at all times, and all visitors must complete a Hold Harmless form (signed by a parent or legal guardian for those 18 or under). In addition to being open for daily use, CCPRC’s future plans for SK8 Charleston include special events, competitions, camps, skating lessons and more.
The SK8 Charleston grand opening events are made possible through the support of Parrot Surf and Skate Shop, Continuum Skateshop, Ocean Surf Shop, Crews Subaru and Charleston County Parks.
SK8 Charleston is considered a construction site and is currently not open to the public. For more information on SK8 Charleston, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com/Skatepark.