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Groundbreaking for Phase II of Skatepark welcome payoff for Hampden resident

Groundbreaking for Phase II of Skatepark welcome payoff for Hampden resident

By the time the Skatepark of Baltimore's Phase II is completed, about $1 million and countless hours of fundraising, lobbying and brainstorming will have gone into the project.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held June 21 at the Roosevelt Park site in Hampden, culminating years of hard work to secure a place for at least a portion of the area's estimated 30,000 skateboarders to congregate and skate.

Phase II, which received $500,000 from the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore and from other contributors to pay for the project, will fit on the skatepark's original 11,000-square-foot footprint. Its faux "street plaza" concept, featuring ledges, stairs and other...

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