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25 May 2009 | Leave A Comment

We really want to thank everyone who came out and helped us yesterday, with your help we were able to raise $370! I’m pretty stoked. I brought my video camera along for this one and was able to put together this corny little edit of the good times. We have another one coming in June so we hope to see you there as well.

Download the video here.

22 May 2009 | 2 Comments

I took a drive today down to the Little Kanawha Park, which will be the home of the E.L.I.T.E. Sports Facility which is currently in construction, and will also be the home of our skate plaza. I wasn’t sure exactly how to get there, but with a little help from Google Maps I figured it had to be Fairfax Street that takes you there.

Strangely, according to Google Maps Fairfax Street turns into an imaginary 1st Avenue. Right now there is only dirt, gravel, and allot of would be pot holes if it was an actually street. After one harsh bump I had to park my 88 Crown Victoria and walk the rest of the way in fear my car wouldn’t be able to take the abuse. But by the time the skate plaza is finished I’m sure this street will be finished as well.

The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation, Inc

The battery on my camera died before I could get all the way down to our end of the park, and this is actually the closest I got. But you get the picture and you can see this portion of the park yourself any time you pass over the 5th Street bridge.


The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation, Inc


The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation, Inc


The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation, Inc


The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation, Inc


The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation, Inc


The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation, Inc


The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation, Inc


The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation, Inc


The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation, Inc


The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation, Inc


The Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation, Inc

19 May 2009 | Leave A Comment

Just a quick post to let everyone know we are scheduled to have our first car wash of the year this coming Sunday, May 24th from 11:00am – 4:00pm at the Vienna Wendys. So if you can help out come down and give us a hand, or if your just a lazy bum who doesn’t want to help and then skate the park once its all done, at least come down and drop off a donation and get your car washed. Tell all your friends!

15 May 2009 | Leave A Comment

If you haven’t read the newspaper yet today, Joe and Terry Crislip from the soon to be E.L.I.T.E. All Sports Facility recently requested additional funding for needed infrastructure that will serve their facility as well as the skate plaza and other public facilities through out the park. If you have looked over or are familiar with the area, you know that is it a great central location for skaters from all over the area, however, in it’s current state is not exactly the most accessible area.

E.L.I.T.E. Sports Facility

PARKERSBURG – Officials with the E.L.I.T.E. All Sports Center asked Wood County commissioners for $30,000-$50,000 to help with the entryway and infrastructure related to the southside project. The Every Lesson Inspires Teamwork & Effort All Sport Center is designed to be a full-service, multisports and events center in providing basketball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, cheerleading, gymnastics, aerobics and weight training facilities for the Mid-Ohio Valley. The facility is being built on the site of the former Classic Golf Course in south Parkersburg. Developers had originally hoped to have the facility done by now, but due to rain delays in construction, it will probably be another six weeks or so to before it’s ready, developers told the commission Thursday.

“We’re here today to update you, and to ask you to participate and potentially come up with $30,000 to $50,000 to help with the entryway, to make it easier to get in and out of there, and help with the infrastructure as the big vision for the entire complex comes into fruition,” Crislip said.

“The county has already given $15,000 back in November to the city and another $10,000 for the skatepark, so we’ve given $25,000 for the project so far,” Commissioner Blair Couch said.

“We were told they didn’t have estimates on the total cost for the trails, and other aspects of the park development, at that point.”

“We’re asking you to help do the asphalt for the entryway. We need some more money to help them (the city),” Crislip said.

“There is great potential there for the park development with trails and everything, like they have in Athens (Ohio),” Crislip said.

“We have invested $25,000 already. It’s difficult to use taxpayer dollars to invest in a project that is really a private business. I’m not even sure that’s even legal. I certainly am not in favor of it. We have to be really specific. I’m not even sure it’s a public area. We have to be very cautious about spending the taxpayer’s money. I don’t think anyone disagrees; it is a great project,” commission President Rick Modesitt said.

“I think we need to see where the money we already gave was used. I don’t have a problem with helping with the park,” Couch said.

“We are also at the time when we’re looking at our ending balance for this fiscal year and we’re not sure exactly what we are going to have available.”

“We thought this was a 50-50 city-county project, a true city-county park,” Crislip said, noting the project would bring in money to other area businesses as well as help youth.

“It’s a great project, and we will support you all we can. I think we all feel that way,” Commissioner Wayne Dunn said.

“The road is the primary thing. The project isn’t going to work if we can’t get to it,” said Bart Beckley.

“They need $30,000 to $50,000 to finish the road.”

Commissioner Dunn is listed on the All Sports Center’s Web site as one of the project investors. Dunn said he did invest funds in the project prior to becoming a county commissioner.

He said he would have to abstain from any vote relating to funding. “I think the intent is funding for the proposed park project, not for the business itself,” he said.

- Pamel Burst

12 May 2009 | Leave A Comment

Shawn Sorrie recently dropped some blue prints on me of Marietta’s upcoming additions.
Marietta Skate Park
Looks pretty crazy if you ask me. So even if the PKG park takes a little bit longer than expected at least we will still have something nice just up the river to skate in the mean time. The only thing I’m not crazy about is how low that coping is sunk into the deck. I know the boarder/blader ratio is about 15/1 these days but seriously, throw us a bone here, even with wax it is almost geometrically impossible to grind that with skates.
Marietta Skate Park
Marietta Skate Park
Marietta Skate Park
Marietta Skate Park

2 May 2009 | One Comment

The Parkersburg Skate Plaza recieves $10,000 from The Tony Hawk Foundation
“Members of the Skate Park Committee continue to seek and apply for grants as part of their efforts to raise funds for a proposed skate park in Parkersburg.

Committee Chairman Chad Mildren said the group recently received a $10,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation for construction of the Park.

Mildren said the committee has raised about $56,000 with an additional $25,000 of committments. The fundriasing goal for the proposed park is $350,000.

‘The economy has put a damper on fundraising activities, but the commitment is still strong,” MIldren said. ‘Things are going as planned, but it has taken a little bit longer.”

Mildren said the group plans to build the park near the E.L.I.T.E. All-Sports Center near the Fifth Street Bridge. Mildren said they are shooting to complete fundraising by the end of the summer and begin construction in the fall.

‘Our plan is to build as soon as we get support.’ Mildren said once the committee gets about 75 percent of its goal achieved they will start putting a design together and submit another application to the Tony Hawk Foundation. ‘We are allowed to apply again and as we get this project further down the road we hope to be able to get another $15,000 from them,’ he said.

Mildren said the committee has also sent about a half dozen additional grant applications. The committee is partnering with the Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation, which Mildren has challenged to raise $10,000 for the park. The foundation has made plans to hold car washes, a concert and art show to raise funds for the park.

‘There are some things happening,” Mildren said.”

- Jody Murphy