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Pondscapes Inc. crew installed the skate park tables, which were donated by Playground Specialists Inc.

There will be a community celebration of the grand opening of the Thurmont Skate Park on October 30, from 2:00-5:00 p.m., in East End Park.

Enjoy door prizes, face painting, and of course, skateboarding! There will even be some pro-skaters there to join the fun. Thurmont Kountry Kitchen will have sandwiches and baked goods available for purchase. You may want to bring a chair, so you can sit back with a delicious sandwich and enjoy watching skating. Bring your own skateboard. All levels are welcome. You don’t skate? No problem. This event is open to all!

Come and enjoy watching your Thurmont community skaters test their skills and strut their stuff. Thurmont Skate Park t-shirts and hoodies will be available for purchase. Bring cash or a check written to the Town of Thurmont (memo: skate park shirts). Halloween costumes are optional. Please park at the Senior Center, Thurmont Police Department, or the Little League. So, drive, walk, ride your bike, or skateboard to the celebration!

Theresa Dardanell

On November 18, 2016, Mother Nature gave Thurmont Elementary students a perfect autumn day to hold their ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new playground and to share a message of kindness. All of the students and staff were joined by parents, PTA members, and a large group of visitors. The playground was funded by Frederick County Public Schools and installed by Playground Specialists, Inc.

Principal Christina McKeever began the ceremony by introducing some of the guests who played a role in making this playground possible. Frederick County Public Schools representatives included: Dr. Alban, Superintendent; Dr. Markoe, Deputy Superintendent; Ray Barnes, Chief Operating Officer; James Hitchner, Curriculum Specialist; Mark Pritts, Director.  Also present were: PTA members, Traci Tatum, Kristen Daly, Jan Jones, Tina Rippeon, and Sherri Eichelberger; Wes Hamrick, Thurmont Commissioner; Theresa Dardanell, The Catoctin Banner; former Guidance Counselor Elizabeth Myers; and representatives from Playground Specialists, Inc.  “Thank you” banners made by the students were presented to the guests. The visitors joined together to cut the ceremonial ribbon, and the playground was officially ready to be enjoyed.

Singing and dancing were a big part of the occasion. In addition to singing the school song, the students enthusiastically performed the Dance for Kindness. The organization, Life Vest Inside, provided the song “Keys to the World” and the choreography for the dance, which promotes acts of kindness.


Thurmont Elementary students, along with Superintendent Dr. Alban, on the new playground. In addition to the slides, there are many other pieces for climbing, spinning and balancing.