Articles Archive for July 2010
There is a lot that goes into building a $300,000 skate park, a lot of legal stuff and procedures I don’t completely understand which keeps me very grateful to have some members of the Downtown Development Task Force Committee around helping out. But I am going to attempt to give you a general time line (subject to change) from now until the plaza’s completion. Feel free to correct me if am wrong or missing anything here Eric.
We have just finished an application/qualifying period and and have qualified 4 firms to bid on the job, which as I understand means they can now submit their initial designs and estimates on the project. But for other legal reasons of some kind, this bidding period doesn’t begin until August 13th. We plan to meet with them if any are able to actually fly all the way out here, but we will probably just hold conference calls with each to discuss their plans and what they are about. Then on August 20th we will award the final bid to the chosen firm.
After this point we will hold a meeting, hopefully with more skaters than our usual meetings, to discuss design ideas with the contractors themselves. These ideas will then be critiqued and finalized by September 20th when the actual construction will begin. If everything goes to plan the project will be completed no later than November 30th, just in time for winter ;)
Support the supporters is an old saying, with a simple but important meaning. Your favorite pros, your favorite videos, competitions, events, anything you love about skating, is made possible by the companies that sponsor these things. They can afford to do this because of skaters like you who buy their products. So support the companies that support the things you love about skating. Buy from the companies that give back to skating and not just profit from it.
For the upcoming event at Corning Park there have been a number of supporters generous enough to donate prizes. The local shops however, Skiers Edge and The Vienna Bicycle Shop, who stand to profit the most off of you and the skate plaza being built, don’t support it at all. So be sure to make all your skating related purchases online.
But anyways, I haven’t heard back from the others at the foundation yet who have been talking to businesses as well, but so far Danny’s Pizza in Belpre has donated a hand full of free lunch coupons. If you haven’t eaten there before you definitely should.
Redbull is suppose to stop by and hand out free drinks, but I’ve known them to flake on other events I’ve been to, so we will see. I know it is mostly just skate boarders in Parkersburg any more, but ONE Magazine is giving a year subscription to the 1st, 2nd, and third place winners.
Rollerwarehouse Skate Shop in California just sent me a large prize box with a bunch of skate videos, tee shirts, and dog tags.
Another California skate shop, Aggressive Mall, sent a prize package with some skate videos and crap load of stickers.
Katie Petrish is also donating a deck out of her own money, how cool is that? Make sure you thank her for her support when you see her this Saturday.
If any of you know of some reputable skate board shops, I would be glad to email them the info and see if we can’t get some prizes from them as well.
We are planning to hold a follow up to our successful “Get Me Off The Streets” Skate Comp & Concert, this August 7th from 12:00(noon) – 5:00pm once again at Corning Park.
As of right now the band schedule is
12:00PM – Matt James & The Progress Notes
1:00PM – Marc Noland (Formerly of Last Day Dawning)
2:00pm – Living On Stolen Time
3:00PM – Revulvas