Bluffton SC skate park bowl closed for emergency repairs


Part of the Beaufort County public skate park in Bluffton was closed for emergency repair Wednesday but is expected to reopen early next week, according to a press release.

“Our priority is always safety,” Beaufort County Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Loper said in the statement. “We noticed that some problems were starting to develop and we wanted to solve them immediately. The safety of all our skaters is paramount and Beaufort County Parks and Recreation is committed to providing the best sports experiences.

The project includes minor repairs to the nose around the bowl, which is the lip of the bowl that is surrounded by a special rail, Beaufort County spokesman Chris Ophardt said Thursday. He estimated the costs at around $600.

The Buckwalter Skate Park is located at the Buckwalter Recreational Center, 905 Buckwalter Parkway.

The county’s indoor swimming pool on Pritchard Street in Bluffton, which closed earlier this year over fears the roof could collapse, is due to reopen in August, and the Beaufort tennis courts on Bladen Street are undergoing a major facelift.

For a full list of what the County Department of Parks and Recreation offers and updates on closings and openings, visit

This story was originally published May 19, 2022 12:09 p.m.

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Lana Ferguson typically covers stories in Northern Beaufort County, Jasper County, and Hampton County. She joined The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette in 2018 as a crime news reporter. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the student daily. Lana was also a 2019 Fellow of the University of South Carolina Media Law School.
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