This piece is part of our 21 Local Innovators To Watch roundup in the August 2022 print issue of District Fray. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Legislative liaison for the Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development; founder + president of the Skatepark of Baltimore.
District Fray: Why you do what you do
Stephanie Murdock: I advocate for public concrete skate parks in my free time because I believe that skateboarding can change the trajectory of a young person’s life.
How you are helping
Our decade old nonprofit organization, the Skatepark of Baltimore Inc. is dedicated to building public concrete skateparks in the city of Baltimore. We were integral to the process of bringing a skatepark to the community of Hampden and most recently at Rashfield located at the Inner Harbor.
Who else is helping
We have hundreds of dedicated supporters, including skateboarders, parents of skateboarders, people “who used to skate,” members of the business and philanthropic communities, and most importantly, a solid partnership with the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.
Where you escape in D.C.
Green Skate Lab or the newly renovated skatepark in Shaw.
Where you go to escape D.C.
The Appalachian Trail.
Podcast “In The Patch With Cabbage,” it’s all about Maryland skateboarding history and I get to hear the voices of some of my good friends. It really helped carry me through the pandemic when I couldn’t skate with them.
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