JIM Murphy 1986 Edgewood Maryland (on the way to CCCC)
Photo Jason Oliva
wow, I’ve been searching for photos of edgewood for a long time.
I grew up down the street from this park, and skated there nearly everyday from 1986-1991 when it was torn down. I don’t believe anyone died there, the story we all knew was that a BMX kid broke his leg, his parents sued and part of the settlement, the park had to be torn down. I believe I was in 11th grade at the time, when I got a phone call from one of my friends right after school to get up there because bulldozers where tearing it down. I arrived about 15 minutes later, where about 15-20 locals stood there and threw rocks from the gravel parking lot at the bulldozer drivers, until we almost got our asses beat. the park right now is mostly broken up, and some kind of giant dumpster storage area.
Alot of us started going to landsdowne after that, but that park is no where near as rad, every lip at edgewood was heavily grinded, and most lipslideable, too. In some of thse pics above, some areas are filled in with dirt, from a previous attempt by the ownwers to make it unskateable. In the last year or two it was there, we all pulled together, rented a bobcat, a water pump, and alot bunch of wheel barrows.
A 4 or 5 ft. deep dish bowl area was cleared, the nasty water pumped out of the bowl, and a snake run to ditch connection cleared out, along with some stolen parking blocks brought in and stategicly placed.
It’s funny to see those pictures of Murphy because I remember those guys showing up once in a while and going off. I particularly remember them having Fred smith with them a few times, because he was the first non-biker I ever met to have full sleeves tattooed on them, (I later became a tattoo artist, and work at little vinnies westside tattoos, which was home to the pool in the fruit of the vine skating film.)
Alot of names I remember from skating there were Eric Griffen, Daylan, Pee Wee (Chris Levi), Chris Donato, Greg Bugian (SP?), Adam and Seth Ciferri, the Foster Bros. (BMX pros), Buckey Lasek, Jason Dodson, Scott Ingrasia, Mark Singleton, Dudes that rode for Reach for the Beach and Sports Elite, Rudy and some early black label dudes, and Tom Groholski-who gave me a set of vision wheels because I had a flat spot in mine and he said my board was too noisy. The picture of that day ended up in TWS. I’d like to find a back issue of that.
I have a few pics of that park, nobody famous skating it of anything, and would love to track down some video, I used to see people filming there so it has to exist.
I like the part about Tom giving you the wheels because you were making a racket.. he he, too cool….jason oliva
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