Local skate park holds ‘Skatesgiving’ dinner for skateboarders Wednesday

STAFF PHOTO BY TRIPP GIRARDEAU Bo Mitchell, owner of Aiken’s HIC Warehouse Skateboard Park, will host his fourth annual “Skatesgiving” dinner Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Local skateboarders have a chance to have a special Thanksgiving dinner just for them this year at the only skate park in town on Wednesday.

The HIC Warehouse Indoor Skateboard Park in Aiken, owned by actor and skater Bo Mitchell, is getting into the holiday spirit by hosting their fourth annual “Skatesgiving” dinner Wednesday.

Robin Mitchell, Bo’s mother, said the skate park was opened in 2011, and every year since the beginning, they have held the “Skatesgiving.”

“It is an event Bo came up with, just for skateboarders,” Mitchell said. “Skateboarding is a community of people that are more like a family. So, Bo decided he wanted all the skaters that come to the skate park to come out the night before Thanksgiving and get a real Thanksgiving dinner. This way they could all eat dinner together as a family.”

This year, the HIC Warehouse Skateboard Park is expecting somewhere around 140 to 150 skateboarders; although Mitchell said it could be more.

“We see all kinds of skaters here from all walks of life and different backgrounds,” Mitchell said. “A lot of those who come here have nothing and don’t get a Thanksgiving. Some don’t even have family. So, we are inviting all those in the skateboarding community to come here to have Thanksgiving with us. We want to make sure every skater gets a Thanksgiving meal this year.”

The dinner is free to any skater who wants to join. The HIC Warehouse at 1120 Edgefield Highway will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday for skaters to come hang out and skate, and the “Skatesgiving” dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

After the dinner Wednesday, Bo will host a best trick contest at the skate park and the winners will receive prizes.

Tripp Girardeau is the crime and court reporter.