APOLLO BEACH — As the new skate park in Apollo Beach fills with kids, there's one teenager who still waits to test out the ramps.
That's Diego Duran, 13, hit by a stray bullet on New Year's Day 2011 and for whom the park is named.
"He couldn't wait to get on his board to come to the park and try it out," said Duran's mother, Sandy Duran, at the opening of the park last weekend. "Today, he cannot get on his board yet, but I know that day will come."
Taking a suggestion from Melanie Morrison, the president of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, members of the Hillsborough County Commission voted unanimously to name the park in Duran's honor. It is officially called the Apollo Beach Skate Park — Diego Duran Skateboard Plaza.
The young man cut the grand-opening ribbon.
The park is at 664 Golf and Sea Blvd. and features 11,000 square feet of ramps, street elements and more. It is open from 2 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
All skaters must wear helmets, complete a waiver and have it notarized. For more information, call the Parks, Recreation and Conservation department at (813) 635-3500.