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Slide park to open in Greensburg

| Friday, April 13, 2012

The makers of Fun Slides Carpet Skates are opening Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark and Party Center in the Greensburg Shopping Center on East Pittsburgh Street.

The Meadows off-track betting parlor and Bobby Dale's Restaurant and Lounge previously occupied the building, which has been vacant for more than five years.

To skate, customers strap on slides to their sneakers or other shoes and glide away on 7,000 square feet of carpeted straightaways, grind rails and ramps.

"A lot of parents skate with their kids," said Candy Holsing, operations manager.

Parents can use one of three rooms to host children's parties.

The Greensburg site "was perfect. It was like it was set up for us. Since it was a nightclub before, it was already separated," Holsing explained of the skating area and party rooms.

She, her father, Donald J. Edwards, and her brother, Donald V. "Smokey" Edwards -- inventors of EZ Moves Furniture Slides -- will operate Fun Slides Park in space they lease from shopping complex owner Union Real Estate.

"We wanted to move into a retail location, and the place was just right for us," Holsing said.

They opened their first skate park in 2010 on Arona Road in Hempfield. That 10,000-square-foot facility was built by Irwin-based Simtec, which manufacturers and sells Fun Slides to retailers.

"It was the success of the first one that led us to open the second one," Holsing said.

Costs will be $10 for admission and $2 to rent slides for two hours at the Greensburg site, Holsing said. A party room costs $179 to entertain 10 children. The price increases with additional children.

Contractors are renovating the Greensburg building. Holsing wants to open the amusement area on May 19.

The business owners will go before the city's Historic and Architectural Review board later this month to seek permission for banners they want to hang.

A 50-foot sand-blasted mirror, dating back two decades and depicting downtown Greensburg and other scenes, will remain gleaming on the inside walls, Holsing said.

"It's really cool," she said.

Designer Ward Berg said he is glad skaters will get to see his etching. He recently returned to the area after living out west. He said he peeked through a window to see if his art was still there.

"I was ecstatic," Berg said, when he spied his work. "That was the biggest one I've ever done."

The Westmoreland County Courthouse is part of the display.

Berg ventured to great heights to get the mirror art just right.

"I went on top of Penn Towers and took a 360 of Greensburg," he said.

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