There's also an 11,000-square-foot, asphalt space behind the Roosevelt Recreation Center, with a few ramps and obstacles provided by skateboarders, and a small skating plaza in Curtis Bay, she said.
A skateboarding park would cost little to maintain, requiring only the collection of garbage and the checking of the concrete for cracks, Murdock told the Hampden Community Council last year..
Having a full-sized park is important to skateboarding fans, who are often accused of trespassing when they skate in parking lots or on streets, she said at the time.
During her Open Society Institute fellowship, Murdock also partnered with The Parks and People Foundation to start "Skateboarding for Success," an after-school, weekend and summer program for at-risk middle and high school students in Hampden. Skateboarding for Success offered mentoring, beginner skateboarding lessons, park clean-up efforts and contests..
"We ended up serving about 500 kids and engaging them in 50 different activities," Murdock said. She took a group of students to Annapolis earlier this year for a hearing before the state legislature on a $150,000 state bond bill for the skatepark, proposed by 40th District Del. Shawn Tarrant. The bill was unsuccessful.
Murdock's fellowship ends this month and she plans to look for a job in the nonprofit sector. She said she would probably continue doing the Skateboarding for Success program on a limited basis.
"I don't even want to teach any more kids to skate, because they don't have any place to go," she said.
But she was pressing forward last week, first going to the merchants association meeting May 9 and then to a city hearing May 10 on next year's proposed Recreation and Parks budget, because she wanted to check on the status of the $75,000 matching grant as a line item.
"I want to make sure the money is actually there," she said.
Murdock plans to keep pushing for the complete skatepark that she envisions, and sees it as a relatively inexpensive recreational activity for Baltimore children and youths, at a time when "we can barely keep our rec centers open."
But the skateboarding lady is looking forward to wrapping up her project.
""It's been a long road," she said. "I can't wait for the day when I'm there."