Standing at exactly four feet tall, he’s a perfect “half-pint”, a term used affectionately to describe young skaters. Yet it isn’t a quiet, Saturday morning Half-pipes for Half-pints session. It’s Friday evening, one of the busiest nights of the week at the Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark.
Thirty-year-olds speed up ramps on their inline skates, flying high into the air. Teens take off on the half-pipes, one by one, to see who can outdo the other. In the middle the bustling skate activity, there is seven-year-old Finn Fleming, a first grader at Damariscotta Montessori School.
Coming to “The Park” since last fall, Finn is one of the skaters seen regularly. Wearing a “Skate All Day” T-shirt, Protec Ace helmet and well-worn knee pads, Finn described how he got into skateboarding, “I was driving in the car and saw these kids skating and I was like ‘I’ve got to do that.’”
Shortly after, on a trip to a local transfer station with his dad, a local driftwood artisan, Finn came across an old skateboard. Excited about this stroke of good fortune, Finn brought the skateboard home to give it new life. He’s hasn’t stopped skating since.
Like many in the Midcoast area, Finn says he’s grateful to live near the largest indoor skatepark in Maine. “Just being able to skate in an area that’s available and close,” is one of his favorite aspects of The Park. His supportive parents drive him as often as they can.
Finn quickly formed bonds with other skaters and looks forward to seeing “Isaac, Michaela, Nate, Levi, Miles, and Alex” when he comes to skate. The feeling is mutual. “Finn’s a really cool kid,” says Noah Dorr, sophomore at Morse High and long-time Park skater. The Park couldn’t agree more.
Finn is an outstanding young man who, even at age seven, understands the value of placing other’s needs before his own. For his seventh birthday party, held at The Park, he encouraged his friends to make donations to The Park in lieu of buying gifts. This was a first for The Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark. His genuine act of kindness and generosity touched the hearts of many within the organization.
The Park is proud to call Finn Fleming one of their own. They look forward to watching him continue exploring his passion and developing his talents for many years to come.