In 2012 the Baltimore, Maryland skateboarding community was devastated when Paul “Luke” Rice and Edward William Nelson IV were killed in an auto accident off Millers Island road in Millers Island,Maryland. Millers Island neighbors the small Baltimore County suburb of Edgemere. Luke had grown up there. Everyone knew Luke and he was very well liked and respected. He was known as the unofficial “Mayor of the Mere". Luke was a skilled carpenter and an avid skateboarder. His long time friend Jason Chapman had started the Charmcity Skateshop in 1994. In 1999 Luke and Jason partnered up to create the Charmcity Skatepark. "We decided to play on our strength's. Luke would manage the new park's construction and I would maintain the shops and help with the park design and promotion!” said Jason Chapman owner and operator of the Charmcity Skatepark in Baltimore. Eventually Luke moved on to various other jobs but he never stopped skating. He returned to the Charmcity Skatepark in 2011 to build a new mini ramp. The ramp is one of the largest on the east coast and gets serious sessions on the daily!
Every year the Charmcity Skatepark has held a 'Luke Rice Memorial Jam'. A free 9PM to midnight session in Luke's honor. This year the 2014 Luke Rice Memorial Jam will be held on September 19.2014. The whole park is open and free but generally Luke's ramp is the hot spot for the evening!
EVENT INFO: The Luke Rice Memorial Jam at the Charmcity Skatepark located at 4401 O'donnell St. Baltimore, Maryland 21224 Telephone # 1.410.327.7909 DATE: September 19.2014 TIME: 9PM to Midnight - All Ages!
"Luke was an amazing guy. Had his own unique way of doing things. I miss his outlook and positivity on a daily basis." - Jason Chapman The Charmcity Skatepark
"He was one of my earliest influences. I cherish a coat rack he made me. He was a great guy and is missed!" - Simon Ace Chapman
"Not only was Luke a ladies man, he was a man's man." - Matt Martin 410 Skateboard Company
"Rest in Peace Luke. I will miss him very dearly!" Justin Lennon Charmcity Skatepark Team Rider
"I remember him saying 'It's lightening baby' that always makes me smile!" Sean Emery Charmcity Skatepark Team Rider
"This Loss has left me speechless, speechless." Rodney Jones Professional Skateboarder Green Trucks and Positiv Skateboards