OCEAN BOWL SKATE PARK In 2016, the Ocean Bowl Skate Park celebrated its 40th Anniversary. The Ocean Bowl is located on 3rd Street and St. Louis Avenue and is the oldest operating municipally owned skate bowl in the United States. Skating gained popularity in the early 1950’s when the surfers in California wanted something to do when the waves were flat. By the early 1970’s, skateboarding had become the rage. It was around this time that the Town banned skate- boarding on the streets within city limits. Left without a place to skate, skaters and their parents, requested that the Town provide a skating place. In June 1976, the Ocean Bowl Skate Park opened with a four foot deep asphalt bowl, then a larger bowl was constructed. In 1984, a metal surfaced halfpipe measuring eleven foot high, twenty-eight foot wide took its place. In 1997, due to deterioration, the skate park was in need of renovations yet again. With the help of the City Council and the Skate Park Committee, a new skate park was constructed. The Skate Bowl offers those of all skill levels a place to sharpen their skills and a place to enjoy their passion in the sport they love. Currently, the Town offers instructional camps through the Recreation and Parks Department. Over the years, the skate park has seen pro OCEAN CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT K-9 UNIT The Ocean City Police Department’s K-9 Unit is an essential group of K-9 teams that have been supporting the department’s in 1961. The K-9’s were originally used solely for patrol functions and in the late trained to detect illegal drugs. Today, the K-9 teams trained in illegal drug detection, tracking of suspects and other high risk criminal apprehension techniques. Each of the dogs currently assigned to the K-9 Unit underwent a rigorous selection process. The typical breeds that the Department chooses are German Shepherds, Belgium Malinois and Dutch Page 3 skaters and for several years, the Dew Tour was held in Ocean City when pro skaters such as Bucky Lasek, Steve Caballero, Tyler Mumma, Brad McClain, Daniel Cardone, Mike Rogers, Matt Dove, Michael O’Friel and more, visited the skate bowl and now hold the status that few in the sport can claim… they skated on the oldest operating municipal skate park in the United States. Shepherds. The handlers assigned to the Unit, are paired with a dog that best suits their personality. A new K-9 team trains for by the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA). In addition to the initial training requirements, the K-9 Unit members attend regularly scheduled monthly training sessions and must recertify with the NAPWDA annually. Given the high risk nature of the deployments that the dogs are often faced with, the department is currently in the process of obtaining functional ballistic and stab proof vests to better protect the dogs, which costs $2,400 each. These for better mobility and functionality with day to day use. The K-9 unit is a vital part of the Ocean City Police Department.
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