BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After ten years of advocating for a skatepark in Baltimore, the city is celebrating the grand opening of Phase II of the skatepark in Hampden with a free event at Roosevelt Park on 36th Street.

The event will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 12:00 p.m. til 8:00 p.m. and will feature a DJ and live bands throughout the day, as well as skating by local and regional skaters. Baltimore brewery Waverly Brewing Company will be debuting a new beer called Frontside Ale to commemorate the event.

Phase I of the project was completed in 2014, and included a  5,000 square foot concrete bowl and surrounding banks and Phase II construction on the 11,000 square foot concrete street-plaza located directly next to the concrete bowl was completed in December 2016.

Financial support for the skatepark was provided by donations from the Abell Foundation, Tony Hawk Foundation, Clayton Baker Trust and individual donations which was matched by BCRP.

There was a half a million dollars in additional funding from the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore and donations made to the Skatepark of Baltimore.

Mayor Catherine Pugh says in a statement from the Skatepark of Baltimore, “It is exciting to see the City’s vision for the skatepark come together so nicely, enhancing recreational opportunities for our young people and making Baltimore a leader in the skating community.”

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