Articles Archive for June 2009
I just talked to Chad Mildren who informed me that the McDonough Foundation has donated $50,000 to the skate plaza! I really don’t think I need to say anything more about this.
We all like to complain about the ridiculous things the government does, and especially as skaters we like to cry about how they never support us and kick us out of every where we try to skate. I even posted an article on here crying about how the city is spending $10 million on Riverfront Park but can’t spend anything on a skate park.
But still, in the last 6 months alone since the Downtown Taskforce Committee has been involved in this project our funds have more than doubled from $40,000 to $100,000. They’re trying to help and I continue to assure them that there is a definite demand for this park. But after seeing the small turn outs for our public meetings and fund raisers, I’m only able to explain to them that at best the skaters around here are just lazy, and I assure them that there will be allot more once the park is built. But what does that say for us? Even 8 year old little leaguers are willing to go door to door selling candy bars to raise money for uniforms. We had to cancel our last car wash because we didn’t have enough people to work, we have had to indefinitely postpone the art show and right now I actually have more people coming from out of town planning to help with it than I do people actually from Parkersburg.
$100,000 is allot of money, but it is still going to take allot more to get where we need to be to make this finally happen. If we don’t care enough to give a hand at a simple car wash, the people who can really give a hand and make some big things happen like the Downtown Taskforce Committee, will have to assume nobody really wants a skate park and that I have been lying to them all along. Why should they both to help us if we are too lazy to help ourselves? So please, make sure you come to the meeting this Tuesday the 30th, at 7:30pm at the City building and help us make some things happen.
We just got word from Chad Mildren that a generious $10,000 donation was given to the Community Foundation, to be used for the skate plaza. So from everyone at the foundation, and I’m sure from everyone who will skate the park, we would like to thank Mary Riccobene for making this very generous contribution.
Just a quick reminder that we are having our second car wash of the year this Saturday at the Vienna Wendys from 11:00am – 4:00pm. So come down and give us a hand or come by and get your car washed!
We have had this website for almost 3 years now but it never dawned on me to create a myspace page for our group. I’m sure the next thing people will be asking for is a facebook page, then a twitter account, maybe a virb page, then some new stuff that isn’t even out yet…..but for right now we have a myspace page, so everybody add us if we haven’t already requested you as a friend, and we will keep posted both on our website and myspace page.
So, as you may already know, what was going to be a tee shirt design contest is just a skate themed art show, and the date of this event has been pushed back almost two months. We still want to give everyone the opportunity to design something to be considered for our next shirts if they want, but in the mean time Roy and Shirely Collins were worried we wouldn’t have enough shirts left to sell at the events between now and the Home Coming. So, we decided to do a smaller run of shirts that will hopefully hold us over until then. Its a simple design, but we all got a laugh out of the idea. What do you think?
Just wanted to let everyone know that with the efforts of our recent car wash, a $5,000 grant, and the efforts of of the Downtown Task Force Committee, we have collectively raised $90,000 towards our goal. We still have a long way to go, but seriously, $90,000 is allot of money and everyone who has helped in any way even if you are no longer involve with our group, should feel proud and know that we are where we are today partly because of the help and support you have given. I also wanted to fill everyone in on the several up coming events.
- With the success of our last car wash, we are scheduled to have another Saturday, June 20th, once again at the Vienna Wendys from 11:00am – 4:00pm.
- July 18th we are in the works of putting together the “Get Me Off The Streets” Skate Comp and Concert. Shawn Sorrie is the master mind behind this and we will give you more details in the near future.
- Lastly, we are still in the process of recruiting local talent for a skate themed art show, which will be held at the Parkersburg Art Center. If you have been keeping up, you know that this event originally was scheduled for June 6th, however, we have had to push the date back to allow participants more time to finish there displays, and to continue recruiting more participants in general. So if you know anybody with some skill and would like to show off their work while supporting a good cause, point them in our direction.
We will keep you updated like always, so keep checking in with us online or through email (email@example.com) if you have any questions. Thanks again for everyone who has helped out and we hope to see you again in the near future.