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Walker Construction donates services to Epworth Skate Project

Jul 22, 2014
Source: Submitted On the scene at Epworth (l-r), Nate Walker, owner of Walker Construction, and employees Fred Williams and James Wilson completed excavation and curb removal for the construction of Epworth Skate Park.

Nate Walker, owner of Walker Construction, brought heavy equipment to Epworth in Rehoboth Beach July 9. Walker donated all the equipment and labor needed to complete excavation and curb removal for the new skate park at Epworth UM Church.

A lifelong resident of Lewes, Walker generously offered his services to the Skate Project. “We were shunned for skateboarding when I was a kid,” said Walker. “This will be good for the community. Kids really need a place to skate.”

Evergreen Skateparks of Portland, Ore., was contracted to build the park. Owners were happy to work with donors to the project. The skate park at Epworth has been funded entirely by the local community. Local businesses have donated money, equipment, materials, and services. Epworth provided the space to build the park, and the community donated everything needed for construction.

The park, designed by Jesse Clayton, owner of 5th Pocket Inc., was created so that it would have minimal impact on parking at Epworth. Occupying a space in the corner of the parking lot, the park will feature a small bowl, quarter pipes, and rails and ledges. Clayton designs parks that engage experienced skaters while still providing a safe environment for beginners. This is especially important at Epworth since the skaters there cover a 40-year age span.

Even though construction is underway, sponsors and donors are still being sought. For more information and updates about the park, visit www.eumcrb.org/sk8 call Susan Selph at 302-245-6193.

Jasper Kahn of Evergreen Skateparks stands in the newly excavated bowl. (Source: Submitted)
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