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Central PA’s Most Popular Indoor Skatepark Enters Eight Years of Business

Londyn Runk
The outside of SK8-1-4 is relatively big, and it also has a big parking lot.

An abandoned warehouse was turned into an indoor skate park. Eight years later, SK8-1-4 became Central PA’s most popular indoor skate park, and the largest skate park in Altoona!


Owner Matthew Lee said his park became popular by word of mouth through the skating community.


“We’re not celebrating eight years,” Lee said. “But we will celebrate 10.”


When walking down the stairs, there is a room with helmets, skateboards and anything for skating. Skaters will have to sign a waiver and pay to get a pass. Daily, it’s $10 for three hours and $15 for all-day riding.


“We chose indoor to give people places to ride in the winter and when it’s rainy,” Lee said.


After buying passes, it grants access to doors for entering the actual skate park. It is the largest in the area, and it was made from a warehouse!


In the skate park, there are many different ramps to skate. Some include the 4 feet high Mini Ramp, the Street Plaza and the 6 Stair. There are also movable boxes and manual pads, so skaters can make their own set ups!


Lee said, “The most popular is probably the bowl.”


The bowl is pretty big, and skaters can do tricks in it.


This is the Four Foot Mini Ramp, one of the many ramps at the skate park! (Londyn Runk)


SK8-1-4 is a self-proclaimed underground and local park, and the companies that made the park are A.O.K Skateboard Supply and Support the Local Grind Inc. SK8-1-4 resides at 2800 Eighth Ave., Altoona, Pa. 16602 .


Not only is SK8-1-4 a skate park, but they also have their own shop! Customers can buy hoodies, hats and shirts on their website.

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Londyn Runk, Reporter
Hello! My name is Londyn, and I'm an eighth grade reporter. Since I was little, I have always enjoyed writing, so I'm super excited to write for Livewire this year! I love makeup/skincare, photography, going to the gym and travelling. My favorite place to travel to is New York City. When I'm older, I want to go to NYU and become an author. I have an English bulldog, a sheepadoodle, a baby turtle and two cats.

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    Sauni KotaJan 21, 2024 at 12:24 pm

    What a great story, and what a great writer!