Skatepark's 10-Year Ride Ends

Joe Marrone, 13, works on his moves at the Black Diamond Skatepark. The business is closing as the Moorestown Mall adds four restaurants and a cineplex that will feature 3D movies and stadium seating, all a result of the town's vote to allow alcohol at the mall. (April Saul / Staff Photographer)

The skatepark at the Moorestown Mall ended its 10-year ride this week to make way for a new 12-theater cineplex that will offer more sedentary thrills.    

Dan McCollister, owner of the Black Diamond Skatepark, said the wooden ramps and rails are being dismantled and placed in storage until a new location can be found.  "All options are on the table, including looking at buying our own building," McCollister said. 

Tentative plans to relocate to the Plymouth Meeting Mall or the Voorhees Town Center fell through, he said, because the mall owners decided it would be too expensive to carve out a custom space for another skatepark.  A vacant fitness gym in Cinnaminson that he had also considered ended up being too costly, he said. 

Diehard fans who rode skateboards, BMX bikes and scooters at the skatepark were disappointed when they learned the skatepark's lease was terminated early for the theaters.  When voters in dry Moorestown voted last November to allow liquor sales, the Moorestown Mall owners announced plans to open a Regal cineplex and four restaurants with liquor licenses at the Route 38 shopping center.  

More than 100 fans showed up for a final ride, McCollister said.  The skatepark was formerly known as Vans.

McCollister said the retail operation of the skatepark will open in a vacant shop across from the Community House on East Main Street in Moorestown ,on Sunday, April 1.  He said the shop will sell skateboards, snowboards, sneakers and apparel.