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No Skate Park For Port Chester Youth

The loading dock behind Port Chester’s Costco is cavernous and the sound of skateboard wheels gliding along the smooth concrete echoes off the walls and ceiling thirty feet above.

“Besides this, there’s nothing else really,” says Kimball Harrison, wearing black jeans and a T-shirt with his Seattle Mariners cap backwards. “There’s just restaurants and houses.”

Harrison, 21, grew up in Port Chester and started skateboarding when he was 13. The village has no skate park unlike neighboring Rye and Greenwich, both affluent suburban communities. The loading dock has been the best place to skate since the Costco was opened in 2002.

“Sometimes they (Costco) tell us to leave but we just come back,” says Harrison. “And the cops don’t really care—it’s just skateboarding.”

A few years ago there was talk of putting in a skate park with a new baseball field near Port Chester High, but only the field was built.

Harrison is the oldest one among a small group of teenagers hanging out on a Friday evening. He did not have his skateboard with him, and was just stopping by on his way home.

He’s currently studying psychology at Westchester Community College and wants to transfer to a four-year university in California where he can pursue his skating career on the side.

“I’d like to get sponsored,” he says. “But I know I need to go to school.”

For the summer he says he’ll “probably work a minimum wage job” and make skate videos to send to sponsors.

“There are no limits to what you can do. You can always get better,” he says about skateboarding’s appeal to him. “Everyday you learn something new.”

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