About The Way Skatepark

It all started in November 2008 when Esther, the pastor’s daughter, started walking the streets of what is known in our community as Little Chicago. Little Chicago is actually a neighborhood within the Village of Ashville, Ohio, where poverty, addictions and broken families are the norm rather than the exception. During this time, one would often see Esther, a petite 17-year-old, walking alone in these neighborhoods. What one couldn’t plainly see was that Esther wasn’t really alone. She was praying and God was walking with her. She was praying over every house she passed and every person she saw. Very quickly, God answered her prayers. It wasn’t long until she had brought a bunch of the youth, who didn’t look like or dress like other youth in our congregation, into our church where they openly accepted Christ into their hearts. Today, these tattooed, plugged and pierced youth take up most of the front center rows during our contemporary service. Young Esther was showing all of us adults what evangelism was all about. 

Using Esther as our inspiration, the Evangelism Committee of the Village Chapel United Methodist Church started searching for ways that we could reach out to the youth in Little Chicago and the rest of the Ashville, Ohio, community. We started by conducting an informal focus group research effort with the young men Esther had recruited. What we found surprised us. We found an energetic, smart, eager group that wanted to make a difference in the community. They wanted to bring others to Christ. They wanted to help others break free from their addictions. They wanted others not to make the mistakes they had made. And, they wanted a skatepark where they could use their skills, have fun without being hassled and enjoy an atmosphere where they and others like them would feel they belong.

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So, this group of young men and the evangelism team began on a journey to bring a skatepark ministry to Ashville. Since the initiation of this idea, the skatepark ministry has been thoroughly bathed in God’s grace and fully led by the Holy Spirit. $50,000 worth of equipment was purchased with private funds for $12,500 from the generous Grove City Church of the Nazarene. What a wonderful feast God is providing to our community through His blessing of The Way Skatepark Ministry.

Daily Rules and Regulations

All persons entering this facility are hereby notified that:

  1. Skateboarding and inline skating are inherently dangerous and risky activities that may result in damage or injury to property or persons.
  2. No person under the age of 18 may use this facility unless and until the parents, or legal guardian, of such person execute and file with Village Chapel United Methodist Church a written consent form authorizing such person to participate in skateboarding or inline skating in this facility.
  3. All persons using or entering upon this facility must show proper identification.
  4. The hours of use of this facility are posted. The use at any other time constitutes a trespass and is strictly prohibited.
  5. Any person who participates in or assists in skateboarding or inline skating assumes the known and unknown inherent risks in these activities, irrespective of age, and is legally responsible for all damages, injury or death to himself, herself or other persons or property that result from these activities.
  6. Village Chapel United Methodist Church, nor any of its members, attendees nor any skatepark ministry members are not required to and will not eliminate, alter or control the inherent risks in these activities.
  7. While engaged in skateboarding or inline skating, the participant is responsible for (1) acting within the limits of his or her ability and the purpose and design of the equipment used; (2) maintaining control of his or her person and the equipment used; and (3) refraining from acting in any manner that may cause or contribute to the death or injury of himself, herself or other persons.
  8. Village Chapel United Methodist Church, nor any of its members, attendees nor any skatepark ministry members is not responsible and is not liable for any injury to person or property that occurs on this facility; except for very limited situations as set forth in Section 316.0085 F.S. with participant assumes all liability for injury to himself, herself or other persons.
  9. A release, waiver and indemnification must be executed and filed with the skate park office prior to and as a condition precedent to the use of this facility regardless of age. The use of this facility without the filing of such release, waiver or indemnification constitutes a trespass, and violators will be prosecuted.
  10. All participants are required to wear proper head protective gear at all times.
  11. Possession of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages is not permitted on The Way Skatepark property.
  12. Profane language and smoking are also not allowed on The Way Skatepark property.
  13. No weapons of any kind are allowed on the property.
  14. The Way Skatepark reserves the right to remove a participant for rule breaking and that repeated rule breaking could result in permanent barring from the facility.
  15. No loitering is allowed anywhere on the property. Once participants exit the skatepark, the must leave the property.
  16. Cars entering the property must obey a 5 mph maximum speed and must yield to all commercial traffic AND residential traffic on the property. Participant further agrees that Village Chapel United Methodist Church, nor any of its members, attendees nor any skatepark ministry members, nor the property owner are not responsible and are not liable for any injury to person or property that occurs on this property from incidences with commercial traffic or any activities relating to other business conducted on the property.
  17. Village Chapel United Methodist Church, nor any of its members, attendees nor any skatepark ministry members are not responsible for any stolen articles or damages to personal property occurring inside the skatepark or on the property.
  18. No one under the age of 10 is allowed to be dropped off and left alone at the skatepark. A parent or guardian must accompany the child AT ALL TIMES while at the skatepark.
  19. No one under the age of 10 is allowed past the "YELLOW LINE" (on to the course). All children under 10 years of age MUST stay behind this yellow line IN the observation area. The Way Skatepark has determined that most all of the children this age and younger are at risk of hurting themselves or someone else. We have made an executive decision to protect all skaters/riders/observers from injury. (Unless otherwise determined by the adult volunteer on duty at that time. It is their call whether or not that particular child has the skill level to participate past the observer line. The volunteer on duty has the right and full responsibility to allow or deny anyone under 10 to participate.)

You are hereby notified that the use of this facility and compliance with the above rules is in compliance with your signed use agreement. Failure to comply with these rules may result in the forfeiture of your privilege to use this area.

Last updated: October 26, 2009

Average of 20 skaters per session

5 sessions per week

260 messages a year x 5 years = 1300 messages of God's grace and truth

260 messages a year x 20 skaters = 5200 connections between God's word and teen lives




“The Way has helped me come closer to God by providing a place that is safe and encouraging. It has given me numerous opportunities to further my relationship with God from The Word, helping me through tough times, and providing a peaceful place to have fun and glorify God.”



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And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,  and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.” 

- Acts 2:17-18 (ESV)