Articles Archive for August 2009
We are still in the process of organizing it all, but you should plan on attending a benefit show September 26th at Corning Park. A lot of people, including myself, had never heard of the park and had no idea where it was so I tracked it down today and took a few pictures.
If you head East on 7th Street, turn onto Stauton Avenue and take that maybe a mile or two until you come to Kenner Street. Turn right onto Kenner Street (the parker entrance) which is just past a fairly large parking lot of what looked to be a trucking company, there were several semi trucks parked there when I went. Unfortunately there is no sign, but there is a small, brown, “Public Stream Access” sign with an arrow at the intersection. We will probably put a sign up of our own for the show also. We will have more details on the event later as we get things sorted out. So don’t worry, just tell all your friends.
We will be having another benefit dinner:
Tuesday, September 15th, from 5:00-8:00pm at CiCi’s Pizza
No flyers are necessary this time, but we do need some helpers to come down to talk to people about our foundation, our goals, and skating in general. If they like what they hear, they can drop their receipts off in a can and a portion of their bill will go towards the skate park.
Our next public meeting will be:
Tuesday, September 1st, at 7:30pm at the City Building
We also have another car wash scheduled for:
Sunday, September 6th, at the Vienna Wendy’s from 11:00am-4:00pm
From other recent fund raisers, we were able to bring in a whopping $53.92 from the Burger King benefit dinner, which obviously isn’t much, but pretty good for just having to post up and hand out a few flyers. It will pay to host this website for another two years, so I can’t complain. And during the Homecoming we were able to bring in $324.10. The winners of our raffle were as follows:
1st Place Winner (Complete Darkstar Skate Board)
2nd Place Winner ($20 Journeys Gift Card)
3rd Place Winner (Tony Hawk Cap)
4th Place Winner (Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation Tee Shirt)
Matt Tranquil is not a skate boarder. He bought his raffle ticket simply to support the cause and has no need for the board itself, so he is generously selling the board which retails at $120, for $100 or best offer, and is donating the money back to the foundation. So thank you very much Matt, we all appreciate your help! If anyone is interested just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When 15 year old Eric Cunningham wasn’t at our tent hustling the crowds for petition signatures or tre flipping for photographers (see the previous photo post) he was out filming around downtown with some of his friends and put it together in the sweet little, un-white balanced, 90% over exposed, edit below. Sorry Eric, I had to pick on you a little.
Local photographer Theodore Paul stopped by our tent this weekend during the Parkersburg Homecoming and was kind enough to snap a few photos of the kids skating around putting on a little show for the passing crowds. So make sure to thank Ted for the photos if you see him!
The foundation will be setup at the homecoming all weekend long, we will be skating in the parade tomorrow, and tonight alone we were able to get just about 3 pages of signatures, mostly from people who don’t skate themselves, that still believed a skate park is a necessary facility for Parkersburg.
If you want to skate or walk with us in the parade tomorrow, we are meeting at PHS next to the football field along with every other group from the area participating in the parade. I’m sure spotting the lump of skate boarders cruising around wont be hard. We are meeting at 11:00am, but the parade doesn’t start until noon if you can’t make it until then. Hope to see you this weekend. Come buy a tee shirt! Or two!
Carrie Curry from CCD Imaging was generous enough to contribute some of her photos from Inkfest this weekend, so I thought I would post them up for everyone.
If there is anything we understand at The Skate Plaza Foundation, it is the frustration of trying to organize an event. So on that note, we would like to thank Randall Hupp for taking on this project, having to deal with unreliable partners, and yet still making things happen. www.myspace.com/ashen184ever
Due to a lot of businesses flaking on the event at the last minute, the crowd wasn’t quite as large as we had hoped but we still managed to sell a dozen or so tee shirts and with the proceeds of the 50/50 drawing we were able to raise $143.72.
The parking lot was cracked and bumpy, the ramps were small, it was extremely hot out, but it was still a great excuse for a lot of local skaters and bikers to get together. I caught some old faces I haven’t seen in a while including Steve Yerky, Jason Wolfe, and even Jon Stalnaker made the trip back home from Pittsburgh for the event. I was filming the entire day but haven’t gotten around to editing yet, so I thought I could at least post these screen shots for everyone to check out.
Just a reminder that our next meeting will be Tuesday, August 18th in the large conference room of the City Building at 7:30pm. Like always, we encourage as many of you as possible to attend and see how you can get involved.
“Ashen 18 tattoos will be hosting Parkersburg’s first annual Inkfest on Saturday, August 15th, from 12:00-10:00pm at the shop on Avery Street across from the new BB&T building. Featuring tattoo contests, Omega Ramps skate sessions, ride-in bike show, coloring contests for kids/ temporary tattoos/ face painting, live music, lots of stuff going on…lots of fun. There will be a 50/50 drawing with the proceeds going to benefit the Parkersburg Skate Plaza. Open to the public, not an event that you’ll want to miss out on.”
- Randall Hupp