For more than twenty years the Charmcity Skatepark has been serving the skate community in Baltimore. First as a shop located on Eastern Avenue. The shop on Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown housed a spine ramp and small street set up. Seeing a need for some where to skate Charmcity owner Jason Chapman set out on an exhaustive search for the perfect location. Chapman states “My business partner (Luke Rice R.I.P) and I scoured Baltimore and the surrounding areas for a location that met our needs. I was doing well with my shop on Eastern Avenue and wanted something that was in a different area. I felt we were doing a great job of giving people a place to ride on Eastern Avenue. It turned out that the best location was right up the street.” The Charmcity Skateshop on Eastern Avenue moved roughly six blocks to the location in Canton and made the official name change and switch from a shop to a park. The park has been in its current location at 4401 O’donnell since 1999.
In summer of 2014 skateboard royalty Bam Margera asked Chapman to remodel his Skate Barn. The Skate Barn made famous in Margera’s long running MTV show Viva La Bam. To get to Margera’s from Baltimore requires a drive up Route 1. On his daily commute to rebuild the Skate Barn Chapman couldn’t help but notice the warehouse located at 124 Greenmont Avenue in Rising Sun. It’s in Maryland right before the Mason Dixon line. After a short meeting with George Gibney the owner of the warehouse, Chapman had found his next project. After six months of hard work and planning the Mason Dixon Skatepark opened it’s doors. The park features a street oriented set up complete with faux bricks and a variety of ledges and handrails. It has been called an east coast berrics. With winter coming the heated facility should definitely be an attraction to all the Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland kids who want to skate but don’t want to get frost bite in the process.
Click here for the link to the Mason Dixon first look clip.
Click here for the link to the Mason Dixon second look clip.
Click here for the link to a clip of Element Skateboard’s Asher Bradshaw shredding the park.
The Charmcity Skatepark – Baltimore
The Charmcity Skateshop and park was started in September 1994 by Baltimore skateboarder Jason Chapman. The Charmcity Skatepark has strived to build the Baltimore skate scene (literally) and support skateboarding through events, demos and contests and help bring top talent and events to Baltimore. The 20,000 plus square foot facility is one of the largest on the east coast. The park is located in the Canton Trade Center industrial park in the Canton area of Baltimore (a stones throw from the historic Fells Point waterfront area) Maryland. The street address is 4401 O’donnell St. Baltimore, Maryland 21224. They can be found on the web at www.charmcity.tv
The Charmcity Skatepark – Rising Sun
The Charmcity Skatepark has recently opened a second location in Rising Sun, Maryland. It’s right near the Mason Dixon line off Route 1. It’s commonly referred to as the Charmcity Mason Dixon Skatepark. This park is a smaller than the original but has no poles or columns. It boosts a street oriented set up and has been referred to as the East Coast Berrics.
The Charmcity Skatepark Team
The Charmcity Skatepark team has consistently won the Best of Baltimore Contest Series and has won the Shop Contest at the Academy Skatepark in Connecticut. The Charmcity Skatepark team are the proud winners of the 2013 Focus Magazine and Rep215.com’s Park Montage contest. They are also the proud winners of the Dew Tour’s 1st ever Amateur Shop Battle held at the Dew Tour Beach Championships in Ocean City, Maryland. The Charm Team most recently got 2nd Place at the 2015 New England AM shop contest at the Skaters Edge Skatepark.
The Charmcity Skatepark team frequently does team demonstrations for major companies (ASA,AST,Bowie Baysox,The Maryland Science Center,Dew Tour,Six Flags,Camp Sunrise-CampForTheTerminallyIll),schools and other skateparks. Charmcity Skatepark frequently partners with large sponsors like Red Bull, Monster Energy, Vitamin Water, Under Armour, Gatorade and Jerry’s SCION to bring Baltimore the larger contest series and create unique events on behalf of these large clientele. Working with these companies to push skateboarding is an awesome opportunity, one that the Chramcity Skatepark has had much success with! Their work with the less fortunate has been recognized and awarded by Mayor Martin O Malley and Mayor Sheila Dixon. The team stays busy street skating,chillin at the park and constantly filming for various video projects.