Skaters pushing for a free public park in Greenville


There aren’t many places in Greenville to skate, but what’s coming to this building could bring one more.

A skate park near Poe Mill has been the home of Greenville skaters for years, it was built by skaters with their own money, but it wasn’t built to perfection.

“We didn’t know a whole lot about pouring concrete or tying rebar or anything like that so some of the ramps aren’t great,” Adrian Gallardo said. 

Skaters have been pushing for an improved free public skate park, but one man says it’s not as easy as it sounds.

“I would really just like to wave a flag and say hey guys let’s get something going here. We have tons of older and younger skaters that still ride bikes and skate all the time,” Brian Johnston said. 

Brian Johnston, a Greenville business owner, has been on the front lines of the movement. 

He says leaders in Greenville have overlooked the need for a skate park.

“People have visions of different things and they’re not involved in skateboarding or bicycling so they don’t understand the need for it,” Johnston said.

Now, a private for pay skate park is opening near Poe Mill.

Adrian Gallardo says prices will be between 7-10 dollars. 

One local skater says he wants the new park to open as soon as possible. 

“It’s nice to have something to come to for free, but we’ll pay to have some fun,” Doug Wood said. 

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