"The History of New Jersey's Most Beloved SkatePark"

  “Cherry Hill SkatePark” was Located at 622 Hollywood Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. CHSP was open from 1978 – 1981 and in that short time, the park gained the respect of skateboarders of all levels, from beginners to pro skaters from around the world. It was voted many times over as the best skatepark of the 20th century and has never left the hearts of those fortunate enough to have skated its perfect transitions. The building still stands and is being occupied by Keystone Ind., It has been rumored, perhaps fueled by the hopeful, that under the floor lies all of the bowls/pools and pipe awaiting what would be an amazing archeological dig to bring it back to life. Fantasy? Maybe, but one can dream.

  

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This site has been built and fueled by fond memories of the park forwarded by those who have skated there. It is a forum that we hope will continue to grow with the help of your stories, photos and videos. For those who were not fortunate enough to have skated CHSP you will not understand truly what the world of skateboarding has lost, but we invite you to revisit this era with us.

  While the success of Cherry Hill Skatepark's design is most often attributed to Wally Hollyday and Duane Bigelow, that claim we have learned is challenged by the original park owner Bob Hurley.
  Two weeks after the opening of the park, Skaterider interviewed Bob Hurley and Steve Durst.
  Hurley, only 25, had cut his teeth in the skatepark business during his employment with Campo Construction and had since moved on, beginning his own company, Hurley Enterprises.
  Bob was partnered with Steve Durst, and in their interview, the two would concede that Steve had been "the leg man in acquiring the property and getting permission and possibly the financial backing. Bob came in with the theory, the idea and the actual construction." Originally, they had planned for an outdoor park but had been rejected by the township. Being in the right place at the right time, Bob learned of an available empty warehouse located at 622 Hollywood Ave. in Cherry Hill, NJ, and immediately wanted to see it. They had found a solution to the town's concern of unruly children so near to the Cherry Hill Mall and the Garden State Racetrack and in a win / win situation, they now had control of the elements with an indoor park. Instantly it clicked.
  During this time, Wally Hollyday had gone from his hometown of Cherry Hill NJ west to California and hooked up with the Lakewood Skate Park. Lakewood was having transition issues so after a little "lesson" from the young Hollyday and after he had recarved some of the transitions, Lakewood hired him on to redesign as they built. Wally received some positive press in one of the skate mags as a result, and according to him, he was visited in Lakewood by the contractor for CHSP. The contractor then brought on Duane Bigelow whose past collaberation with Wally had been successful.
  Despite the differences in opinion over who should receive credit, a common denominator with Wally and Bob is that both 100% believe the basis for the perfect skatepark lies in the dirt. As Bob explained it "You can cut a box perfectly and employ a concrete team that really knows what they're doing, and come up with the perfect park. If you are paying a concrete team a hundred dollars a yard you want the pool cut precisely so you can work with a minimal five inches of concrete." (Skaterider)
  Enter, Wally Hollyday on the same subject, "I spent a lot of time shaping the dirt...the more perfect it was the better chance we had of the concrete being good." And according to Hollyday, it worked out that way, the concrete was shot, and he then was the eye for the fresno (blade that cuts the wall), Bigelow advising his crew "Do whatever he says. It's his park and his design."
  And I guess it is that last statement that sums up the controversy. After this site's inception, we were contacted by Mr. Hurley, incensed that he had been left out of the credits of the park. We did offer an apology, revised the site to include Mr. Hurley, and invited him to set the story straight from his perspective. He has not responded to that invitation, so we are left to piece together the history from articles and interviews with others that had been affiliated with the park.
  Controversy aside, it remains to this day to be one of the greatest skateparks ever created. With four bowls, a left and right kidney, a smaller intermediate bowl, and the infamous Egg Bowl, it has yet to be duplicated and for those that skated Cherry Hill, it has never been forgotten.
  Looking back on the Skaterider interview, I suppose even then the skater community was beginning to feel the impending crash of their scene but Hurley and Durst remained optimistic about their future. In response to a mention of the market decline, Steve explained he believed the decline was weeding out the mass produced garbage that had entered the market as it had become more commercial, but unfortunately, his feeling that those who had been serious from the beginning, who had the knowledge and the quality would survive and become stronger than ever turned out to be untrue.
  When Wally was asked how he felt when the park closed, he answered "I felt like I had been wasting my time." He had never seen the end coming, yet it came anyway, and the young designer was pushed to pursue other avenues. "A lot of those guys just grew up. I guess they went to college or something.... there are other things besides hanging out at the skatepark with your friends every day. Maybe they would come back to it later, but then there was nothing to come back to."
Cherry Hill Skatepark 1978 to 1981, RIP
What's New

7-12-08
Gallery by: Rich Sandman
Gallery by: Marc Tiesler
Lots of Photo's added to the Misc. Gallery and ID's

We are using new code for our Galleries so you might have to refresh your browsers to see all the new stuff...

Ok Guys and Girls the site was created Jan 30th 2003 and now 5½yrs later we have created the largest collection of CHSP photos and info.
I would have thought by now every source of media would have run dry, but every once in a while we will get an email and voila, there is another photo or two... another surprise was stumbling across Rich Sandman's photos on flickr so I guess there maybe a endless source out there....

as always thank you very much and keep it comin'!!

9-18-06
Gallery by: Cody Letsinger
Cody sent these Awesome photos to me over a year ago,
while I was having server issues...
Thank you for the photos and your patience

more Misc. Photos added

more CHSP Membership ID's added

11-15-04
Video Footage by: Tom Groholski
The long awaited footage that
Tom's dad shot in '78-'79
This is a must see CHSP piece history
I want to thank, Tom and his sister Wendy for all there help
7-2-04
Gallery by: Tom Groholski
I want to thank, Tom and his sister Wendy for all there help

5-19-04
Interview with: Brian Keith
CherryHillSkatepark.com Editor

more Misc. Photos added
( new photos from Gary "Dogman" Spatola )

5-12-04
Over looked Eric Thorson photos added

(found while cleaning out an old computer)


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