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Youth Jam at expanded Wilmington skate park

WILMINGTON Area youth recently skated the afternoon away in Wilmington.

Skatejam 2007 was held at the Wilmington Skate Park on Aug. 26. The event celebrated the parks new equipment, while raising funds to continue improvements.

During the event, music was provided by local groups Loud and Stupid and the Superunstoppables. Skaters participated in two open sessions before judges selected the best to advance to the next round, where kids proceeded to challenge each other with a variety of tricks.

Mike Conway, 17, of Wilmington, won the event.

Im glad they got [the new equipment]. It helps all the kids out. You wont get better if you dont have it, said Conway.

Conway felt that more skating events should be done.

Skateboarding keeps you away from all the bad stuff its a good hobby, said Conway.

Jay Campion, 15, of Jay was the runner-up. He said having better facilities got kids off the streetliterally. With better facilities local skaters have a place to enjoy their sport, and wouldnt be in the street practicing.

Event organizer Colin Loher explained that the Wilmington Youth Commission had recently purchased about a dozen new pieces of equipment for the skate park.When Mountain & Bordertown in Lake Placid shut down, the town had the opportunity to purchase the equipment at a reduced cost.

Loher said that the event was used to not only offset the cost of the new ramps and apparatus, but also purchase helmets and gear for skaters who didnt have their own.

Town supervisor Jeanne Ashworth said that the town paid $5,500 for the equipment. The town donated $1,000, the Visitors Bureau donated $1,500 and skaters raised about $500 by holding car washes. Other residents and businesses also made donations to help meet the costs.

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