CC Prides reveals skateboard park plan Project for teens would occupy vacant supermarket

March 20, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Skateboarders may soon be doing "360s" and kick flips at an indoor skateboard park planned for the vacant Super Thrift store in Hampstead.

Teen leaders and adult sponsors of CC Prides, an after-school recreation club for Carroll County high school students, also want to offer 125 members a place to dance, play video games, shoot pool or just hang out without the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

The nonprofit club's proposed skateboard park in the 29,000 square-foot building at the North Carroll Shopping Plaza on Route 30 also would provide more than enough income to achieve an important club goal of being self-sufficient, leaders say.

"The days of going to the government for a handout are gone," said Joseph C. Beurer, president of CC Prides' board of directors. "The main thing to remember is that this project, from its planning to its completion, is being done by the kids."

Mr. Beurer refused to speculate on the cost of renovating the building. He said that under terms of the group's agreement with Baltimore businessman Glenn Wineberg, the owner of North Carroll Shopping Center, he could not disclose details of the lease.

Architectural plans are being drawn up, and a cost analysis will be made. With those in hand, the teen-agers hope to secure corporate support for the project.

When the blueprints are completed in about three weeks, the club will have four or five options for the layout of the space within the vacant store, Mr. Beurer said.

"The skateboard park itself will require about 6,000 square feet of space," said J. C. Beurer, 22, son of Joseph C. Beurer and the adult adviser for CC Prides's entertainment committee. "The rest of the building will give us plenty of space for meetings, dances and video games."

Safety concerns already have been addressed, he said. Skateboarders will be required to wear helmets and knee and elbow pads, which they will be able to rent.

The parking lot, a source of problems at some under-21 clubs, will be patrolled by off-duty police officers, J. C. Beurer said.

A key date for CC Prides is April 20, when the club will stage a Battle of the Bands dance at the Agricultural Center in Westminster. Seven local bands will will vie for prizes, including five hours in a professional recording studio.

"The tickets, $3 for members, $6 for nonmembers, will be sold at the door, and the Ag Center will hold 250," said the younger Mr. Beurer.

Pub Date: 3/20/96

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