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Title: help
Post by: Adams Co. Nick on December 31, 2008, 12:03:15 PM
Hello All,

First all I am 53 years old, and last skate bordered when I was a kid!.
25 years ago I moved from Chicago to farm country…Adams County Wisconsin.
The county has 2 stop and go lights and needs neither!
Its 2 towns are Adams and Friendship. They are right next to each other but due to a feud over where the railroad went through years ago, have never agreed to do anything together.  We have one high school.  The county has a “community center” but will only fund activities for adults.

Our children and teens have no place to go, except a basketball lot or organized sports. Most prefer not to participate in organized sports but love to skate board.

Towns folk call the police on these skateboarders. They are good kids that just want to skate board ( cant do that on pea-gravel roads).  Main Street seems to be their “recreational area”. I see our “adults” trash the kids because they just want to skateboard. Most end up with police contact records because of that. Not a “school sport” this kids are considered a nuisance.

There has been a few local efforts to put in a “skateboard area”.  But these kids have little adult community support to make this possible. I have asked why this has not been  done. So far it seems no one cares about the kids having a “place of their own”and excuses without any merit.

I would be willing  to help get a “skateboard area”, but have NO IDEA HOW TO.


Is there an organization that can help these kids out? Any information would be gladly put to use.

Thanks
Nick Segina
rumor@dwave.net 


Title: Re: help
Post by: C H U C K on December 31, 2008, 12:20:47 PM
Good luck, Nick. It's nice to see someone taking an interest in their child activities.

Check out the Tony Hawk foundation.

http://www.tonyhawkfoundation.org/how_to_get_a_skatepark.asp

You could be the cool dad that takes the lil dudes to the skatepark on the weekends. Who knows you might pick it up again as well.

http://www.skateboardparks.com/wisconsin/index.html






Title: Re: help
Post by: hardcoreskates on December 31, 2008, 12:59:39 PM
These links can be helpful.

www.grindline.com (http://www.grindline.com)
www.dreamlandskateparks.com (http://www.dreamlandskateparks.com)

Do a lotta research and talk with town officials (supervisors... mayors) about getting something done. 

Write to your state representitives.  Often times they can get matching state funds for whatever money the towns have for a project.

-M


Title: Re: help
Post by: elastic back on December 31, 2008, 03:00:45 PM
if you have farms then maybe you have those huge milk container things. push some over and let the kids skate those...much funner than a skatepark, imo.


Title: Re: help
Post by: the WORMER on December 31, 2008, 07:10:56 PM
Make sure that, if you do put in a skatepark, it is A) concrete and B) designed by a reputable company that has people who actually skate, not some moneymaking venture

and tell people to stop complaining about kids skating if they're refusing to give them anywhere to do it


Title: Re: help
Post by: C H U C K on January 01, 2009, 12:01:50 AM
Remember, if you're 53. You'll know skate parks won't last. Almost laughable, the skate craze that's going on. Seems every little town has a city park, just like the 70's. What happened to those days. The bulldozer is what happened. Maybe just use an undesirable part of town to build a DIY park.

And, remember, it's better to ask forgiveness  than permission.  ;D


Title: Re: help
Post by: Thee Gnartical Adventure on January 01, 2009, 12:10:22 AM
tell people to stop complaining about kids skating if they're refusing to give them anywhere to do it
agreed
it's somewhat understandable for the older folks to get bummed about a bunch of hormonal teens with skateboards when there are parks everywhere, but when you have a bunch of teens with nothing to do and skateboards in their arms, you give them two choices:
drugs
skate on public property

we all know the lesser of the two evils, but they can pretty much both be avoided in most towns with a righteous skate park


Title: Re: help
Post by: bailgun on January 01, 2009, 04:32:24 AM
derp.


Title: Re: help
Post by: Adams Co. Nick on January 01, 2009, 08:06:36 AM
Hi..
Thanks for the quick responses!

To respond to a few:

I do not have any children,
I have grand children but they live accross the state!

I have no clue what "derp" means!

I do not farm, so have no clue what the "cow thing" is?

I think I can get some local land donated (how much would it need?), but guess would need to pay for design and project manager! (We have a concrete plant that may help, and have heavy equpment to dig)

what about liability insurance?

 


Title: Re: help
Post by: Royal With Cheese on January 01, 2009, 08:25:01 AM
we all know the lesser of the two evils, but they can pretty much both be avoided in most towns with a righteous skate park
how many times have i heard son you can't skate hear why don't you go to the skatepark. Well maybe id go if it didn't completely suck it's just some woodward bullshit.How would I go about trying to get a concrete bunrsideesque type shit built?


Title: Re: help
Post by: Adams Co. Nick on January 01, 2009, 08:50:13 AM
sorry...
no clue to what you just said....
remember I am an old guy... 53...
without teens in the home

Nick


Title: Re: help
Post by: hardcoreskates on January 01, 2009, 09:07:23 AM

I think I can get some local land donated (how much would it need?), but guess would need to pay for design and project manager! (We have a concrete plant that may help, and have heavy equpment to dig)

what about liability insurance?

 

Nick,

The best advice I can give ya is this...

Follow the links that "The Chuck" and I posted above.

Liability varies from state to state so you will have to check that out for yourself.

-M 


Title: Re: help
Post by: the WORMER on January 01, 2009, 01:36:16 PM
we all know the lesser of the two evils, but they can pretty much both be avoided in most towns with a righteous skate park
how many times have i heard son you can't skate hear why don't you go to the skatepark. Well maybe id go if it didn't completely suck it's just some woodward bullshit.How would I go about trying to get a concrete bunrsideesque type shit built?
burnside was built by skaters, so...build it yourself


Title: Re: help
Post by: Thee Gnartical Adventure on January 01, 2009, 02:18:54 PM
derp.

alice, texas... a little mexican town with a high school and a walmart. there are no malls... and like, one movie theatre. there are no skateparks, i dont think you're allowed to build mini ramps... and there are obviously no skateparks.

its illegal to skate on the public sidewalks, on public property, or anywhere for that matter.

there are a bunch of gangs and drug activity, and since the crackdown on skateboarding house break ins and all sorts of shit has sky rocketed

all i'm saying is that when some kid in a skateboarding community gets kicked out of a spot... he needs to just pack up his camera and comply. you're not going to convince the person either way, just be kind and come back later.

skating isn't a 'right', but it's fun as fuck. and i'll go back to a spot 5 times in one day and i really dont care.

build your spots, skate some stairs, and dont be a smartass


Title: Re: help
Post by: Sleef on January 04, 2009, 01:49:26 AM
I'd also suggest helping to build an aura of tolerance for the aspiring skaters.

You're 53?  People will listen to you as long as you are articulate and passionate about what you're talking about.  Any community that small will have town meetings for you to attend.  As long as you're fairly level headed, convincing people should be a cinch.  (easiness of this goal may vary depending on the town.)