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Skate park demonstration slated for Sunday at Sweetwater Park

Local residents will get a chance to see what a local skate park could look like during a special demonstration on Sunday.

The 2008 ARC Demo Tour of the American Ramp Company will stop at Sweetwater Park near Thomson on Sunday, Aug. 17, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Bob Howard, director of the McDuffie County Recreation and Leisure Services, said he invited the company to Thomson to put on the demonstration because of the opportunity afforded McDuffie County to acquire a skate park.

Such a proposed park, costing $300,000, would be funded through the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax V. Local voters will have to decide the fate of the proposed SPLOST V project when they go to the polls on Sept. 16.

"I'm hoping the skateboard demo will bring out a lot of people," Mr. Howard said. "This will give people some idea of what a skate park looks like, etc. I think everybody who attends will enjoy themselves."

The ARC Demo Tour has been journeying across America this summer in an effort to lure those who have never seen such a recreational concept to have the opportunity to see it, firsthand, Mr. Howard said.

The mobile skate park features equipment from each of the company's three product lines, which will allow local recreational officials to decide what might be best suited for McDuffie County.

Music will be provided during the demo, which will include some contests as well as the giveaway of some prizes. A representative of the company - which is headquartered in Joplin, Mo. - also will be onsite to provide as many answers to questions as possible, Mr. Howard said.

Local youth will be permitted to participate in the demo, but must sign a waiver. All local participants must also bring their own helmet.

Web posted on Thursday, August 14, 2008

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