by: Melanie Palmer
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – There’s a push to make an official free skatepark in Greenville. It’s been a mission in the works for years but is now gaining more momentum, including from several big name skaters such as Tony Hawk.
It’s a hobby and profession skaters told 7 News, occasionally carries a bad rap.
But beyond the wire fence in a DIY skatepark from Buncombe Road in Greenville, sits a safe haven for skateboarders in the Upstate.
“When I’m skating, I don’t need to think about anything else,” said Skateboarder, Logan Parvis.
For skaters such as Logan Parvis, it’s his only free alternative in Greenville at this time.
But, Adrian Gallardo and his staff want to change that.
“The size Greenville is it’s not only one, we could probably stand to have three or four,” explained Director of the Upstate SC Skatepark Coalition, Adrian Gallardo.
He’s been pushing for a long time to give children another place to become a part of a huge community.
“There’s people skating everywhere in Greenville, we’ve been consistently busy. This season has been one of our busiest years,” Gallardo told us.
Their assignment to make a free skatepark in town is gaining attention from Tony Hawk.
“Tony Hawk, the Michael Jordan of the skateboard world, with him say ‘Greenville’ and building a skatepark, I believe holds a tiny bit of weight,” said Justin Sharpe with the Upstate SC Skatepark Coalition.
They’re taking a look at a handful of possible places in Greenville today, but the facts behind it all are still in the early stages.
“Firms have offered future areas to bring the skateparks to so that’s really great but what we would like to do, we would like to associate with the city. We need the city to direct us also,” said Kyle Sizemore in the Upstate SC Skatepark Coalition.
Until this goal is reached, skaters like Parvis plan to keep grinding and waiting for another safe harbor.
What’s next in this push, leaders with the coalition told 7 News, they’re finalizing some proposals today to bring to city leaders.