Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Church's New ROLL.

Byline: Paul Logan Journal Staff Writer

Skate park uses lingo and fun to get youths off the streets and onto the ramps

Rick Del Real said the day his children discovered Re5l Xtreme Skate Park was a blessing.

"I came in here, saw what they have and saw my kids' eyes light up and say, 'Wow! This is where I want to come,' '' Real said.

The park's name is the way skaters spell revival, or as they spell "sk8," said Adam Harris, Church on the Rock's youth pastor.

At one end of the 100-yard-by-50-foot metal warehouse, there are a variety of ramps and jumps, including a half pipe, quarter pipe, spine, box jumps and low metal rail. In the middle of the unheated building, there's a basketball court and a combination snack bar and skateboard equipment supply shop.

At the other end of the building, which used to house mechanics working on heavy equipment, Harris works at saving young souls. …

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