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Locals Attempting To Reopen Mekos Skatepark In Hampton After Abrupt Closure

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HAMPTON—For more than 14 years, Mekos Skatepark has been inviting skateboarders and scooter riders to their business at Peninsula Town Center in Hampton on von Schilling Drive next to Buffalo Wild Wings. In early October, the business abruptly closed its doors without warning.

The facility, which was opened by Brent Staul when he purchased Mike’s Skate & Surf Shop, was intended to be a safe place for kids to gather and share common bonds. Brent couldn’t keep it running as a business, so his mother, Rita Staul, came into the picture and turned it into a non-profit. Now that Rita Staul has retired and Brent Staul suddenly moved away, the regulars who used to skate there have nowhere to go. But they’re missing out on more than just skating.

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