ABOUT TERRY GRIMBLE
Terry Grimble is the president and founder of DAVILLE SKATE SHOP INC, which was founded in August 2009 and located in Fayetteville, NC. He is also the founder and director of the FRIENDS OF THE SKATEPARKS FOUNDATION, INC, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities develop successful skatepark projects.
Terry started skateboarding in 1978 at the age of seven. In the mid-80s, he made it on to the Hawley’s Skate Team and competed in skateboard competitions up and down the east coast and performed skateboarding demos at schools, parades, churches and other youth events.
In 1988, Terry started his retail career in the skateboarding industry when he started working at Hawley’s running their skateboard department at the age of 17. At age 18, he advocated for his first successful public skatepark project, GP Skatepark (Gilmore Park Skatepark aka ‘Da’Ville Skatepark’) which eventually opened in 1993. GP was a huge success and was featured regularly in Transworld Skateboarding Magazine, 411VM, Slap Magazine, Fayetteville Observer and on regional television stations. Many legendary pro skateboarders such as Tony Hawk, Jamie Thomas, Ed Templeton, Rodney Mullen, Andrew Reynolds and Marc Johnson to name a few skated at GP and GP became a stomping grounds for regional pro skateboarders such as Kenny Hughes, Chet Childress, Jed Shooter, Bam Margera, Mike Maldonado, Kerry Getz, Lennie Kirk, Scott Bourne and others.
In 1995 at age 23, Terry opened his first pro skate shop, DUH SKATE SHOP LTD. After GP Skatepark closed in Nov of 1998, Terry, with a business partner opened up a privately owned, indoor skatepark / concert venue in January of 1999 called the SKATEZONE INC. The Skatezone was featured in the Baker video, Vans video and E’S video as well as many others. At night, the skatepark became a music venue complete with a stage, sound system and lights. For many local garage bands and local hip hop artists like J Cole, the Skatezone stage was their first real opportunity to rock a crowd. Many artists preformed on the SZ stage, CKY, Mobb Deep, Zao, Nappy Roots, MXPX, Lit’ Jon & the East Side Boys, Weedeater and Mr. Cheeks to name a few.
In 2005, Terry and his business partner formed the MID-ATLANTIC SKATEBOARD ASSOCIATION INC, an event company that produced the Rockstar MASA Pro skateboarding competition with a $52,000.00 purse and eventually one the largest indoor skateparks in the world, the Mega Skate Plaza. Fuel TV produced an hour long television show on the Rockstar MASA Pro contest / Mega Skate Plaza Grand Opening that aired on repeat internationally for over a year. For personal reasons, the partnership between Terry and his business partner became irreconcilable and all three companies came to end in November 2007.
For the next two years, Terry worked several jobs from skatepark builder, swimming pool builder, curb number painter and finally a used car salesman but by August 2009, he was ready to launch another skate shop. DAVILLE SKATE SHOP, INC.
Terry has always been an advocate for skateparks and has worked on, built or owned over 15 different skatepark projects since 1993. In 2008, he was asked by the City of Hope Mills parks and recreation director and the local skaters to help them figure out the best way to go about getting the ‘best’ skatepark they could get with the small budget they had to work with. Terry helped them put together an awesome plan and then presented it to the City Council of Hope Mills. The Council said it was one of the most impressive plans they have ever seen BUT because the group of skaters that put the plan together was not an ‘official’ organized group with a tax ID number, a bank account, insurance, etc, so our plan was rejected. Hope Mills went on to hire a playground company to install a generic skatepark that the core skateboarders were greatly disappointed in. Having a skatepark is better than nothing but the type of skatepark they put in really adds very little value to the Hope Mills community. It doesn’t get used nearly as much as it would have and it’s definitely not creating any tourism for Hope Mills which it could have. It was because of this disappointment of the skaters’ voices being rejected by Hope Mills that lead Terry to found the non-profit organization called the Friends of the Skateparks Foundation, FSF in August 2013. Seven years later, Elizabethtown, NC gave the green light to the same exact plan but this time the skaters had an official voice and the results are in. Their skatepark has become the most success recreational facility they have in Elizabethtown. So successful, they have already decided to double its size after only being open for one year. FSF is helping them with phase two which is due to open late summer 2017.
Through FSF, Terry was also very influential in getting the City Council to vote for a $35M parks and recreation bond referendum which included $1.9M for three skateparks to be built in 2018. The City Council put the bond on a voting ballet in the 2016 primaries and FSF was active in registering first time voters and promoting the vote. The parks and rec bond passed in a landslide with nearly 60% of the population voting for the bond.