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Skatepark of Baltimore gets $465,000 upgrade — 'our Christmas present'

Skatepark of Baltimore gets $465,000 upgrade — 'our Christmas present'

Stephanie Murdock wasn't surprised to see skateboarders dropping in at the Skatepark of Baltimore in Hampden on Christmas morning.

The free outdoor facility just received a major upgrade: an 11,000-square-foot concrete street-skating area with stairs, handrails, ledges and other features for skaters to ride and grind.

"As soon as the concrete dried, the kids were out here," said Murdock, 34, founder of the non-profit organization which advocated for the facility. "Everyone's been waiting so long, and there's been so much excitement. This is like our Christmas present."

The street-skating plaza, located in Roosevelt Park, took just four months to build...

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