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Skate Park Set To Open In Hancock County

Construction crews are trying to beat the clock, putting the finishing touches on what will be one of the largest indoor skate parks in the nation.

"We're looking pretty good for Saturday," owner Kelly Welsh said. "The contractor and all the subs out here are working really hard to get everything completed."

Inside the state of the art facility, you'll find a large retail store. It will be stocked with skating merchandise. In back of that, a 20,000-square-foot indoor skating arena jam-packed with the cool stuff skaters will use to perform stunts.

"We have a beginning course which is about 4,000 square feet," Welsh said. "Its got quarter pipes, a nice pyramid." The advanced course is a little more than 14,000 square feet."

Upstairs, parents can watch their kids from an air-conditioned viewing room.

"I think that will actually bring more parents. They'll want to come stay and watch the kids instead of dropping them off and leaving," Welsh said.

The skate park hasn't officially opened, but it's already getting rave reviews.

"It's got everything that a skate boarder wants. It's built by a skate boarder for skate boarders and roller bladders, somebody who knows what we want," skate boarder Chad Hepburn said. "I'll be here the very first day it opens and as much as I can after that."

The indoor skate park is located across the street from the Waveland Police Department on Highway 90. The owners hope to build an outdoor dirt bike track behind the facility this summer.

Owners also plan to hold national and local amateur skate competitions, which they say will be good for Hancock County's tourism industry.

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