Zack Powell, a resident of Athens, finishes cutting excess concrete before the putting the final touches on the new skate park in Pomeroy. 

Zack Powell, a resident of Athens, finishes cutting excess concrete before the putting the final touches on the new skate park in Pomeroy. 

pouring the future

About 30 minutes south of Athens, the river town of Pomeroy is being gifted a new skate park. Brewce Martin, the owner of Skatopia, was hired to complete the job. “Building another skate park is a dream come true for me and this is what I’ve been doing my whole life since the 70s,” he said 

A crew of volunteer workers from Skatopia, along with Zack Powell and Dave Covington from Athens, were there to help pour and finish the concrete. The plans were made, holes were dug, and the framing and rebar was placed.

Zack Powell smooths out the concrete on one of the quarter pipes. Powell, a skateboarder, knows what to look for when finishing the concrete. 

Zack Powell smooths out the concrete on one of the quarter pipes. Powell, a skateboarder, knows what to look for when finishing the concrete. 

 
Dave Covington throws concrete near the coping to make sure the gaps are filled in. 

Dave Covington throws concrete near the coping to make sure the gaps are filled in. 

 
The coping is layered with concrete right after this section of the bowl was completed. After the concrete sets, it will be sanded down to make it smooth.  

The coping is layered with concrete right after this section of the bowl was completed. After the concrete sets, it will be sanded down to make it smooth.  

Tim Tice cuts a mold for when the concrete is poured. Tice has been building ramps and skate parks for most of his life and currently resides at Skatopia in Rutland, Ohio. 

Tim Tice cuts a mold for when the concrete is poured. Tice has been building ramps and skate parks for most of his life and currently resides at Skatopia in Rutland, Ohio. 

 
James from Skatopia takes a picture of the park and the workers while he takes a small break. 

James from Skatopia takes a picture of the park and the workers while he takes a small break. 

 

"This whole thing was built with one pencil and one tape measure."

Tim Tice helped out with the measurements and dimensions of the park. “This whole thing was built with one pencil and one tape measure,” said Tim. Tim has lived over the U.S. and spent a large amount of time in California building Pro Skateboarder Bob Burnquist’s Mega Ramp. 

“The bottom line is all communities need things to do, for the youth, the middle aged and the aged. It’s not just the young people. I’m trying to give people a place where they can go and skateboard, rollerblade or BMX,” said Brewce. 

He added that kids in Pomeroy need something to believe in and not live off television, pharmaceuticals and politics. “All I want them to do is have a good life and skateboarding may help them have a good life."

Brewce also has future plans in Middleport, Ohio beginning in the spring. “That’s going to be 4 skate parks in Meigs County.” 

The Pomeroy park has been in the making for about two months and a grand opening is going to be held on December 12, 2015.  

Tim Tice summed up the building on the last day the concrete was poured. "I’m volunteering and I’m doing this for the youth to enjoy.” With a peanut bowl and a flow section, this park is going to be a draw for people all over Ohio and may be the foundation for a new scene in Pomeroy.

Tim Tice stands in the bowl form before the concrete is poured.  

Tim Tice stands in the bowl form before the concrete is poured.