ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) - The Enterprise Parks and Recreation Department has officially opened the highly anticipated skate park.
After years in the making, and seventy thousand dollars later, kids in Enterprise now have a safe and legal place to skate.
These skaters are flipping for joy!
They now have the ability to skate legally on actual ramps and rails, which is something they never thought would happen.
"It’s, definitely a big improvement I gotta say, from skating in the streets and getting in trouble by police" said Dustin who has been skateboarding for seven years.
Like Dustin, Brandon Clark began skateboarding at twelve years old.
Now at eighteen, he can’t believe something he protested for, has become reality.
"My friends they started a little protest downtown at the City Hall "Skateboarding is not a crime" and that’s when they announced they would make one" says Clark.
Many skateboarders in Enterprise, have dealt with legal issues in regards to their love for skating.
Brandon says, "We were ticketed and/or arrested for skateboarding downtown or in the streets downtown; anywhere they could find us."
When kicked out of the streets, they found refuge elsewhere—a burnt down gym with just one rail in the middle.
Now they have a beautiful designated area, lights for when the sun goes down, and bleachers for their friends and family to watch.
"I’m beyond happy, I’m so glad they've made it here and they've made it so good. Thank Josh Gibbs for designing it. He did a wonderful job!" said Brandon Clark.
The Enterprise Skate Park is located at the Enterprise Parks and Recreation center and will be open Monday through Saturday 9am to 9pm and Sunday’s noon to 7am.