Greensboro, NC -- Danny Skeel says there just aren't enough safe places around town for kids to skateboard. So he's trying to do something about it.
Skeel is building a skateboard park on Greengate Drive. He says the closest one like it is in Burlington. Because a lot of kids can't make that trip, he's trying to create a safe, fun place for them here.
"It just makes you feel good," Skeel said of the effort. "It makes you feel like you're doing something for the community that gives [kids] a place to skate ... [and] a place to get off the street [to] have fun and not have to worry about anything but coming here."
Skeel says as many as 30 kids -- some from as far away as Virginia -- stop by each day to check out the progress. He's poured his savings into the project, and now he needs some help finishing it.
Whether it's money, supplies or time swinging a hammer, Skeel -- and the parents of kids who want to skate here -- hope someone will step up and assist.
"It's very important and it's good to see," parent Daron Hill said of Skeel's project. "When I was growing up, there was a lot of community. That seems to be dying out now. But places like this let you know it's still alive and well."
Two of Hill's young sons skated around in the sawdust on the floor of the semi-built skate part Sunday, looking forward to what it might soon be.
Skeel hopes anyone willing to help will stop by the park at 2616 Greengate Drive or call him at (336) 210-1245. He says he's only a couple thousand dollars -- and a few weeks -- away from being able to finish putting the park together.
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