YORK -- Kelin Garrett has spent his free time for the last two years skateboarding in front of his home on Ross Cannon Street.
It's not the ideal location for a 15-year-old skateboarder, but it's the only place he has right now.
"There's nowhere to go," he said. "The cops are trying to take your board even if you're just skating in the street or on the sidewalk."
Garrett's situation won't change anytime soon, despite a communitywide effort to bring a skate park to York. Organizers have given up on plans to create the park.
A skateboard park in York just isn't feasible, said Tim Sader, who founded Revolution Youth Association more than a year ago in an effort to provide a place for skateboarders to go after the city prohibited the activity on city property.
"I think the skate park is pretty much washed up," he said.
The park was going to be on city-owned land, formerly used for tennis courts, off Raille Street. The city offered to rent the space for as little as $1 a year, if the group paid for insurance.
Sader found a company to provide insurance for about $1,500 a year, but in the time it has taken to raise that amount, interest in the park has dwindled, he said.
"I don't see any more interest in skateboarding," Sader said, adding he knows of only about 10 teens interested in the sport. "Ten isn't enough to get a skate park and keep it running. I believe skateboarding just kind of comes and goes like that."
Many of the teens who were skateboarding when Sader started to plan the park have lost interest with age.
"They're getting older and they're starting to drive," he said. "Some of them have jobs now and relationships."
Another factor was a lack of community support. While organizers did raise enough to purchase insurance, if someone had been hurt and sued, the foundation wouldn't have had the money to pay the premium, Sader said.
Skateboarders are frustrated at the situation.
Garrett blames the recent crackdown on skateboarding by city leaders and police for the decline in interest for skateboarding.
"Every skater is scared to skate, because they're afraid to get their board taken," Garrett said.
The one hope skateboarders have is a grant Sader plans to apply for from the Tony Hawk Foundation, which helps provide funding for skateboard parks in low-income areas. The grant could provide up to $25,000.
"If I do get that, I will build a skate park if the city will let me," he said.
But it could be a long shot.
Meanwhile, York Mayor Eddie Lee said the town is willing to work with Sader and the offer still stands for the $1 a year rental.
With the skateboard park plans on hold, Sader is rethinking Revolution Youth Association's mission and how to spend the money that was raised.
One option is transforming the foundation into a service organization for the disabled and needy.
Sader has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair. The disability has given him experience with the difficulties facing people who are often stuck at a hospital without adequate care.
He's hoping that effort might gain more community support than the skate park.
"I do believe if I go more in that direction, the interest will be greater in the community, because they'll see that it's not just for building a skate park, it's to help people who are needy," he said.
Whatever he does, he wants to keep teens involved.
"I still want to get youth involved in all of this," he said. "I still want to do things for the community."
He's hoping his experience fundraising for the park will help with the new goals.
"I was really learning last time," he said. "I'm new at this, and things just didn't go as quickly as I thought they were going to."