- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The downtown concrete slab where Gulfport skateboarders built a skate park is up for sale, and supporters are looking for a permanent home.

Westside Park on the beach highway would be great, said Councilman Myles Sharp, who is helping the group, told the Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1NCUSHk ).

“It would be there for people to use as they walked up and saw fit to use it,” he said.

A skate park in a public park would have a chance of getting a grant of up to $25,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation, he said.

The current park’s 2-acre site is listed at $2 million but the Texas owner is OK with the skateboarders using it in the meantime, Realtor Claudia Keyes said.

It’s across from the harbor and within walking distance of city property where an aquarium is planned.

Skateboarders created ramps, rails and other features on the slab. They gather almost daily.

Keyes said the skaters keep up the property, bringing in garbage cans that soon overflowed with sports drink bottles.

Keyes called Waste Pro, which not only dumped the cans but put one of its own trash receptacles on the property and agreed to start picking up the waste even though no building is on the property.

“There’s 20 kids, I bet you, down there right now,” she said Friday afternoon. “It’s not an organized support. It’s not like going down to the baseball or football field.

“When you go down there and see the camaraderie among these kids, it’s incredible.”

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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