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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Date: September 18, 2003
Byline: Stephan Salisbury


Center City skaters can go indoors

LOVE Park may be gone, but beginning tomorrow, skateboard aficionados will be able to swoosh down what is believed to be the largest skate bowl on the East Coast when Center City's first indoor skate park opens.

The private 26,000-square-foot park — Title 10, at 901 N. Delaware Ave. — will feature a 2,400-square-foot bowl, ramps, half-pipes, a beginner area, and an extreme street court. The name Title 10 derives from the city law banning skateboarding from JFK Plaza, known to skaters as LOVE Park.

The facility is located in a renovated warehouse.

Co-owner Steve Brody, who operates bowling alleys in Cherry Hill, said the city Department of Commerce helped finance the $1 million renovation by providing low-cost economic development loans. When the park is up and running seven days a week, Brody said, he expects to employ about 35 people.

A ribbon cutting and skate exhibition are set for tonight. Eventually, the facility, which will not serve any alcohol, will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.

Title 10 will offer annual memberships beginning at $65. There are no age restrictions.

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