Celebrate your favorite skater, your business or a loved one with the gift of a lifetime – a brick in the Epworth SkatePark Honorary Garden. Click here for the Brick Order Form or call Susan Selph (302.245.6193) for more information. It’s a great way to be remembered forever.

Are you ready to Skate?


   We hope that you were able to make it here for the Grand Opening and Dedication of the new park on August 24. If not, we have lots of pictures that will be posted here and on FaceBook. If you have pictures you may submit them to us and we will try to use them… click here for the e-mail.
   Thank you to all who were there and especially to the vendors who donated back to the park fund. And of course ALL OF THE DONORS listed to the right. Without your support we would not be where we are today, THANK YOU!
    As to our construction crew, what can we say – YOU GUYS (and Catherine) ARE THE BEST! Anyone wanting to know who to hire to design and install a SK8PARK needs to call EVERGREEN SKATEPARKS!
    The next SK8Day on the calendar was SATURDAY September 27. It was in conjunction with The Matthew Shepherd Foundation and dedicated to ending hate and bullying.

Matthew’s mother, Judy, was with us along with special guest emcee Rick Artz of Love Seed… and yes, he provided the music. So, let’s remember – SKATE! DON’T HATE!


Let’s keep the place clean and fun…

There are a few rule that you need to abide by or you will be asked to leave the park. They will be strictly enforced. Rule #1 is #1 because it is strictly enforced. Please remember it and abide by it.
RulesSign 2014-08






The Schell Family Foundation        Preston, Kathleen, Jack & Brady Schell

 Walker Construction

Atlantic Theaters

The Aldred Family

East of Maui

Grotto Pizza

The Cape Gazette

Rehoboth Marathon

J. Conn Scott, Inc.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,  Gallo Realty

Sussex County Council


Seashore Striders

             The Matt Haley Companies             – Global Delaware –

 Highway One Limited Partnership

Circle in a Square Clothing

Maplewood Dental Associates

Brent Dieterle

Justin Lesko Nature Memorial Fund

Surf Bagel

The Calagione Family

Susan Selph

Deborah Appleby

Arena’s Deli

The Thomas H. Draper Family

Jack Lingo Realtor

Boulevard Ford Lincoln

Dogfish Head

Del-Coast Design & Build

Lyons Companies

George and Paula Simpson

Burton Builders & Zorzi Creations

Heirloom Wealth Advisors

Sierra Moon Surf & Skate

McDonald’s of Rehoboth

SoDel Concepts

The Matthew Shepherd Foundation

Big Boulder Pond Company

Xiafeng W. Rears

Atlantic Oceanside Motel

Drew Zorzi

The Dewey Beach Lions Club

Nicola Pizza

All Saints’ Parish Thrift Shop

Alley Oop

The Big Chill Surf Cantina

Jeffrey Hitchens

The Brown Family

Coldwell Banker Resort Realty

Dynamic Mortgage Services

El Dorado Restaurant

Henlopen City Oyster House

Liquid Board Shop

Shoreline Construction

The Zechiel Family




(updated 2014-November)


“The Board of Trustees has given the “green light” to Epworth UMC Skate Project to begin raising funds to replace the existing wooden ramps with a concrete bowl and other features.”  This was the lead sentence for the Skate Project page since August of 2013.That was then… Fast forward…  July 2014

The Board of Trustees entered into a contract with Evergreen Skateparks to begin construction on the new Epworth Skate Park. Construction will begin on Monday, July 7. Construction is expected to take approximately 4-week. There will be a July 2014 SkateDay on the 13th using the existing equipment. Park designer Jesse Clayton will be there to talk about the progress and his design.

Fast forward… November 2014

The Dedication and Grand Opening of the new Skate Park took place at the August 24 SkateDay. We enjoyed the day of fun with several live bands, special guests and celebrities, a blessing and dedication from the church pastors. Vendors were also selling SK8 related items and food with the profits going to the SK8park.

On Saturday, September 27 we held “SKATE, DON’T HATE” SkateDay with special guest Judy Shepherd, the mother of Matthew Shepherd, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998. Mrs. Shepherd now spreads the message of The Matthew Shepherd Foundation of seeking to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance” through varied educational, outreach and, advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story.The first 100-SK8ers to register will receive special commemorative items.

Funds are still being solicited from individuals and businesses in the community at large. While Epworth UMC provides the “home” for the skate park, the funds for design and construction will be provided by donations from the greater Rehoboth community. A community-based group is responsible for planning and funding the park which will be open to the community for free.

Working with skate park designer, Jesse Clayton, owner of Fifth Pocket Design, a plan was designed that includes transition and street elements. Jesse has since become affiliated with Evergreen Skateparks and will continue to oversee our project with Evergreen being the contractor. Evergreen has built skate parks around the world with the Modiin Israel Skate Park being one of their most famous at 30,000 square feet.

The funding goal is $75,000 and efforts were mey in only 50-weeks. There wre cost overruns which fundraising continues to try to meet.  Donations may be made through the church which makes them tax deductible as the laws allows, as this is a Capital improvement to the Epworth property. Donations made to the SK8park may only be used as part of the funding for the SK8park. All proceeds for the SK8DAYS go toward the fund as well. If you are interested in donating you may do so by sending a check to the church office and write SK8park in the memo line. If you would like for your gift to be acknowledged, please print and return a Donor Form to the church office. You may also call Darlene Ford (302.227.7743 x122) in the church office to make a donation via credit card or via the Epworth On-line Giving page.


Fundraising for the Skate Project at Epworth is still ongoing… Donations from individuals and businesses are still needed. Events are still being planned. We are so grateful for the generous support we have received!

Because of cost overruns, we continue to welcome all donations. None are too big or too small. Every penny counts. We appreciate every single donation. If you have any questions about donating, contact Susan Selph at 302.245.6193.

BrickBUY-A-BRICK… An area of the new Skate Park is being developed where a brick path will be installed. BUY-A-BRICK and be a permanent part of the park at Epworth. Bricks are $150 each and all the information you need is right here.


And when you visit one of the contributors listed in the right-hand column please be sure to mention that you are also a supporter of the Skate Park or a skater and thank them. They love knowing that their contribution has been noticed and is appreciated. We love our supporters.

If you are interested in helping in our fundraising efforts by hosting a fundraising event please contact Susan and she will be happy to discuss this with you.

Watch this cool video, shot at during the July 13 SK8DAY… click here >
A quick close-up look at the crew shooting cement in the bowl… click here >


SEPT 9… Wilmington NewsJournal reports on the Epworth Skate Project – FRONT PAGE – Click here – then search “epworth” in the News section (sorry, they don’t allow direct links) and be sure to watch this video…

About The Park…

Epworth hosted its first Skate Day in June of 2008. Using borrowed and donated equipment, the parking lot was converted into a “skate park” for the day. Local surf and skate shops supported the event and set up booths. The first event was so successful that sk8day 2008-1018 posterSkate Day became a biannual event at Epworth with one in June, as close as possible to Go Skateboarding Day on June 21, and another one in the fall. Graphic artist, Paul Carpenter designed t-shirts and posters especially for Skate Days.

The events evolved to include skate contests withIMG_0724 prizes provided by Liquid Board Shop, Alley Oop, Sierra Moon Surf & Skate, East of Maui and Rehoboth Surf Shop. Skaters come from all over lower Delaware and Maryland. The average number of skaters at any given Skate Day is around 60. They range in age from 5 to over 40, with their expertise as varied as their ages. To see more pictures of our events, check us out on FaceBook: Skate-Epworth.

In the spring of 2012, a group of adult skaters came to Epworth with a desire to expand the opportunities for the skating community. Epworth UMC Skate Project was born. In May of 2012 we hosted our first-ever fundraiser at The Big Chill Surf Cantina. The event generated enough funds to expand and SKATE_BUCKETresurface all of the existing ramps. The number of Skate Days doubled from two to four and live music could be found at most. Members of the Skate Project continue to maintain the current area and plan for the future.

The ramps and equipment in Epworth’s parking lot are in use every day that weather permits. It is, in essence, the local skate park. Epworth’s skate area is open to everyone who wants to use it responsibly. If you use the park, it is a “skate at your on risk” agreement for which Epworth allows you to use it.





Epworth United Methodist Church      19285 Holland Glade Road      Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971       302.227.7743