Abandoned church in Netherlands converted into skatepark
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Local skateboarders showed off their half pipe tricks under the watchful eye of Jesus in a former church in Arnhem, Netherlands on Friday. St. Joseph's Catholic Church closed its doors eight years ago when the congregation dipped to just a handful of locals, and has since been taken over by volunteers who converted the place of worship into a skating heaven. The Arnhem Skatepark is self-supporting and not subsided by anyone, including the local council and parish, which are unable to find buyers for the country's growing number of abandoned churches. With less and less people attending church, it is estimated that the Netherlands will close two-thirds of its Roman Catholic churches within the next decade, and 700 Protestant churches in the next four years alone.