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Skatepark Plans on Hold, Retail Shop to Open

Cinnaminson could still be in the running, but owner is focusing on the retail outfit first.

In a perfect world, the April 1 opening of the Black Diamond skate shop on Main Street in Moorestown would be a precursor to the reopening of the  at the Moorestown Mall.

But since it’s not a perfect world, the skate shop will have to do for now.

Black Diamond owner Dan McCollister said attempts to find a new location in South Jersey for the skatepark have not panned out—.

“What we’re left with is a long-term plan to open the skatepark in South Jersey,” he said, mentioning a possible site on Route 130 in Burlington Township. “We have a three- to five-year plan, versus a three- to six-month plan.”

On the bright side, McCollister is just two weeks away from opening the skate shop, which will be a carbon copy of the retail side of the Moorestown Mall location, offering skateboards, snowboards, ski and snowboard rentals, skateboard and snowboard tuning (waxing, sharpening), as well as plenty of apparel.

The shop is right next door to , just down from  and . 

McCollister said when he found out he’d have to close the mall location—so mall owner PREIT can make room for its —he knew right away where he wanted to relocate.

“The first option, by far, was to move up to Main Street … I really liked the Moorestown area,” he said.

He expects to keep most of his clientele, so don’t be surprised if you see a lot of young people coming and going, which might raise some eyebrows in a downtown that doesn’t offer a lot of youth-oriented retail. 

But McCollister said anyone worried about roving gangs of skateboarders causing trouble on Main Street need not fear.

“What we are going to do is hopefully provide some structure,” he said. “Instead of hanging out on the street corner, possibly causing trouble, they can come to the Diamond.”

Besides just giving kids a place to hang out, McCollister said the shop will have a small art gallery, featuring photographs and drawings/paintings of action sports, as well as a back dock they can chill out on. 

“We’re very youth-friendly,” he said, describing the staff at the shop as kind of like cool chaperones.

“You tell a kid, ‘Don’t do that,’ they’re going to laugh at you,” he said. “Whereas, when we tell a kid, ‘Don’t go skate in the street,’ it has more warrant. We’re one of them, so to speak.”

For obvious reasons (no skatepark on site), Black Diamond won’t be able to continue offering skating lessons. However, McCollister said his instructors have offered to teach at the David Gentile outdoor skatepark at , so he’s looking into that. And he also mentioned a cross-promotional deal is in the works to offer lessons at Black Diamond’s skatepark at Franklin Mills Mall.

McCollister hasn’t quite figured out exactly what hours the skate shop will keep, but said 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday sounded about right. 

The skatepark at the mall will close March 31. Leading up to the closing, McCollister said they’re hosting several competitions. Call 856-235-5800 or visit their website for more information.

JustAThought March 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Just an idea cause some of the pther people posting seem to think children and teens wont use the over pass, as its too much work to climb some stairs. A tunnel could be more "convenient"? For lack of a better term.
AnoninCinna March 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Yes Dan, life is hard. But at least some of us have lives. And also why some of us really don't spend inordinate amounts of time trying to learn the intricacies of the Patch commenting system and berating others for breaching proper "use of comment button" etiquette, as you apparently have. And a little hypocritical to bash others for using "fake user names" when yours is the same, don'tcha think? ;)
Dan Reynolds March 26, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Oh I have a life, My name is my name. Seriously. It just makes peoples comments easier to read, flow if you will. If you want to make a point, you can try to keep things neat and tidy, or you can just post at will spawning new thread processes, mucking up the process of the board. That's all. It's not hard to understand the pattern is it? Or is it?
Nancy VanTwistern March 27, 2012 at 11:34 PM
There's a saying, something about suffering 'fools' ... well???? poor boy
Nancy VanTwistern March 27, 2012 at 11:37 PM
spawning?? or is it 'spewing' ..... seems more like that Dan, with you... I'm done.. no more need to post regarding this issue.........I don't suffer fools.....etc. etc. etc.

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