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Popular Greenville skate park closes

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Skaters enjoy the last open day at No Name Skate Park in Greenville. (Dec. 20, 2012/FOX Carolina) Skaters enjoy the last open day at No Name Skate Park in Greenville. (Dec. 20, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

No Name Skate Park on Roper Mountain Road closed on Thursday because of economic hardships. The skate park seemed to be a popular place for many Upstate teens to spend their time.

No Name was open for seven years and became more than a skate park for many.

"It's been like a home to me," said Devin Sweat, a skater. "I have met like all my friends here."

It's a home that owner Leona Crouch said they had to close their doors Thursday afternoon, letting people know as early as Wednesday night.

The bad news came as a shock to a lot of skaters like Klay Kreiner and their families.

"We know that he is safe here and that he is doing something product with his time and growing his talent," said Hannah Kreiner, a mother of a skater.

Crouch said that ever since the economy took a turn for the worse, they've watched their business dwindle. She said she found out two months ago she had to pay the rent she owed and continue to pay on time or find a plan B.

"It was not enough time to give me a chance to get out in the community and try to network with the community and try to do some fundraising to stay open," Crouch said.

She said she tried to work things out with the owner of the building, but he declined. When FOX Carolina asked for comment from the owner Daryl Huskey, he said, "I'd rather not discuss it right now."

"It's very disappointing to the kids," Crouch said.

A disappointment that's leaving these skaters to find a new home to showcase their skills.

"It gives them like a place to let their emotions and feelings out; they can come here and skate," Sweat said.

"It's just sad because I have made so many friends here and we can't be here anymore," said skater Dalton King.

The owners of No Name said they want to open in another location, but they're not sure just yet. In the meantime, many skaters said they plan to go over to the Skate Park of Greenville in Mauldin.

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