ELIZABETHTOWN — For the first time in Elizabethtown, the skate park at Leinwand Park will be the site of a statewide competition.
Friends of the Skatepark Foundation, which assisted with the construction of the park, will soon be sponsoring the E-town Ramp Massacre competition.
“Friends of the Skateparks Foundation helps any community with skate park projects, and not just with getting things built, but after fact, bringing awareness to park,” said Terry Grimble, founder and director of the foundation and owner of Daville Skate Shop in Fayetteville. “It’s also a way to raise money for the foundation, and it just makes sense to use the facility we helped get built, to raise money so other communities can have skate park facilities too.”
The competition will feature three age categories for competition: 15 and under, 16 to 34, and 35 and up, with a fourth competition for sponsored skateboarders. The winner of the latter will receive $500, and the top 10 competitors in the age categories will receive prizes such as skateboards, apparel, and shoes. In addition and in the spirit of Halloween, the competitors or spectators with the top three costumes will will prizes.
“We’ve got 15 to 20 sponsors who are each giving us several hundred dollars worth of prizes, so we’re giving away thousands of dollars in prizes,” said Grimble.
The park, constructed last fall, has recently drawn attention around the state.
“My skate shop did a demonstration there for Kids Day a few months back, and some guys from Raleigh came,” Grimble explained. “They put stuff on Instagram and Facebook, and ever since then, people have been coming from Raleigh, Wilmington, and Fayetteville on a regular basis. Wer’e expecting guys for the competition from Durham, Greenville, Myrtle Beach — we’re expecting a pretty good crowd.”
The E-town Ramp Massacre will take place Oct. 8 from noon-until. A tentative schedule has registration taking place on site from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., various competitions throughout the day, and the prizes being awarded from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
“It’s free to watch, and it should be good entertainment,” said Grimble.
For more information on the E-town Ramp Massacre, visit the event’s Facebook page.
All proceeds from the competition will benefit Friends of the Skateparks Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to getting free, quality public skateparks built and ran properly. For more information on the foundation, visit www.friendsoftheskateparks.org.
Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.