Hundreds attend grand opening of Weghorst Skate Park


By Derrick C. Parker - For The Daily Times



Despite unseasonably cold weather, hundreds of residents and visitors filtered into Portsmouth’s downtown to attend the grand opening for the brand new Weghorst Skate Park.

Despite unseasonably cold weather, hundreds of residents and visitors filtered into Portsmouth’s downtown to attend the grand opening for the brand new Weghorst Skate Park.


Despite unseasonably cold weather, hundreds of residents and visitors filtered into Portsmouth’s downtown to attend the grand opening for the brand new Weghorst Skate Park.


City officials and members of the Portsmouth Skate Park Committee celebrate a successful grand opening of the Weghorst Skate Park.


Despite unseasonably cold weather, hundreds of residents and visitors filtered into Portsmouth’s downtown to attend the grand opening for the brand new Weghorst Skate Park.


PORTSMOUTH – Despite unseasonably cold weather, hundreds of residents and visitors filtered into Portsmouth’s downtown to attend the grand opening for the brand new Weghorst Skate Park.

The event kicked off at Noon and lasted throughout the day. Food trucks, vendors, and even Bengals legend Ickey Woods made an appearance at the event.

“There was a ton of people there today,” said Mayor Sean Dunne. “They came out in the cold and even lasted through rain and snow. It was a huge turnout from both Portsmouth residents and folks outside our area.”

People of all ages and backgrounds skated park while dozens stood in line to meet Woods. The former running back sold memorabilia and photographs all while raising money for the Jovante Woods Foundation – an organization dedicated to Wood’s late son with the goal of furthering asthma research and awareness.

“The reception to the skate park has been really great,” said former Councilman Edwin Martell. “Everyone has been excited and the atmosphere and energy has been so positive. It’s been great to see a plethora of different kinds of people in terms of age and backgrounds.”

“This is the best skate park in the area. And it has been a great turnout – I had no idea Portsmouth had so many skaters!”

Mayor Dunne thanked City Manager Sutherland, Community Development Director Tracy Shearer, Code Enforcement Officer Andy Gedeon, City Engineer Nathan Prosch, and a host of others who made the project possible.

“Matt Riser and his company were instrumental. I want to thank SOMC and the Tony Hawk Foundation for the starting grants. We also had other anonymous donors. Frank and Steins Bar has always been a supporter. And this was made possible by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant.”

“I also want to thank the entire skate park committee. Their had work has paid off.”

Dunne explained they will be looking at other projects elsewhere in the City as well as small improvements at the skate park.

“Next up – more seating.”

Despite unseasonably cold weather, hundreds of residents and visitors filtered into Portsmouth’s downtown to attend the grand opening for the brand new Weghorst Skate Park.
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2022/04/web1_Skate-1.jpgDespite unseasonably cold weather, hundreds of residents and visitors filtered into Portsmouth’s downtown to attend the grand opening for the brand new Weghorst Skate Park.

Despite unseasonably cold weather, hundreds of residents and visitors filtered into Portsmouth’s downtown to attend the grand opening for the brand new Weghorst Skate Park.
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2022/04/web1_Skate-2.jpgDespite unseasonably cold weather, hundreds of residents and visitors filtered into Portsmouth’s downtown to attend the grand opening for the brand new Weghorst Skate Park.

City officials and members of the Portsmouth Skate Park Committee celebrate a successful grand opening of the Weghorst Skate Park.
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2022/04/web1_Skate-3.jpgCity officials and members of the Portsmouth Skate Park Committee celebrate a successful grand opening of the Weghorst Skate Park.

Despite unseasonably cold weather, hundreds of residents and visitors filtered into Portsmouth’s downtown to attend the grand opening for the brand new Weghorst Skate Park.
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2022/04/web1_Skate-4.jpgDespite unseasonably cold weather, hundreds of residents and visitors filtered into Portsmouth’s downtown to attend the grand opening for the brand new Weghorst Skate Park.

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By Derrick C. Parker

For The Daily Times

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