Monday, April 21, 2014
The property is settled: Location couldn't be better.
The City of Cincinnati is fully backing the project, and has green lighted our fundraising.
We are ready to engage donors this year!
This means we are looking at breaking ground WITHIN the next 2 years, on a park that will, frankly, make history as the first fully urban-accessible park in Cincinnati.
This is not just a "game changer", whatever that is supposed to mean... This park will literally be a "life-changer" for the youth of our neighborhood.
Donations can be made to the C.R.C. (Cincinnati Recreation Committee), memo'ed/earmarked "Northside Skate Park".
We need a Very Good Website! Something that can communicate effectively to corporate donors.
We need YOU to go to the Sidewinder Cafe and buy a sticker for your car or wherever!
And we need volunteers to canvas Northside Businesses for involvement and help to organize the next leg of our race to the finish, here...
As Always, Many Thanks!
Monday, January 13, 2014
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Many thanks to Vice-Mayor Qualls and her office staff, who met with us last week. We enjoyed a chance to pass on a tee shirt and discuss the proven benefits that properly constructed skateparks will bring to urban youth. Thanks to Caleb Nash and Marcus Caswell, our Youth Advocates, for your input.
The Skatepark Committee was delighted to receive a kind invitation to put our mobile halfpipe in the farmers market! Here are some pics of Northside Locals getting gnarly. All said, about 40 skaters came to visit during the process. We hope to have even more come out and represent for GETTING SKATEBOARDING FACILITIES CONSTRUCTED IN URBAN AREAS, WHERE THEY HAVE THE MOST IMPACT ON THE YOUTH WHO NEED THEM THE MOST!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
To create a skatepark that educates, empowers, and inspires urban youth, while stimulating Northside's business and community growth.
To enrich our community with a skatepark that stimulates local business, enriches the diversity of Northside, and empowers urban youth with alternative sports and cultural opportunities.
Provide positive opportunities inherent in skateboarding through educational advocacy and fundraising.
Develop plans to revitalize and sustain unused/unuseable land to provide healthy lifestyle opportunities to urban
youth and the community at large.
-- Post From My iPhone
Monday, May 19, 2008
Two PR Gurus
two good leads on grants, with people ready to try writing them...
We already had:
community council support in a written resolution
--to set up a financial "container" for fundraising through the Northside Community Council
--to get one or two more committed grant hunters
--to begin applying for grants in earnest.
Broaching the subject with the City Council for their support
I can't say enough about the pleasure it is to work with the Northside Community Council. I have the feeling that a movement to build neighborhood skateparks will develop out of this, affecting OTR and West End, Corryville, and Clifton, South Cumminsville and many other neighborhoods. Heck, Sedamsville has a proposed park!
We're looking at great possibilities for the youth and young adults and young-at-heart-adults of Cincinnati to have equal opportunity, without regard to economic status, to use skateboarding facilities! As it is now, you have to own a car or live in a nice neighborhood to use a park. Skateparks are for everyone!
until next post...
Friday, May 16, 2008
DELHI OH. Delhi has had a park for a YEAR now. 600 people at the opening. at least 20 per day during the WINTER!!! 100 per day easily.
Cincinnati governing people: listen up! Skateparks are GOOD FOR COMMUNITIES!!! Grumpy old Delhi has one and the stores around it can tell you about how many drinks they're selling, how much gas gets guzzled... the cops can tell you that skaters aren't half as rowdy as the basketball ganstas. Seriously, get me a team of grantsters and let's get funding that can get CRC adn the Gov't to HELP US share the wealth!!!!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Look at Columbus' 20+ year-old concrete park. This is the ONLY way to create a park. Not to mention sculptability, durability, and the undeniable popularity of the medium. A quality, concrete skateboarding medium in our neighborhood will ensure a constant flow of people to our business and idea-pool.
A quality concrete skatepark in several neighborhoods on the bus routes will slingshot Cincinnati into a brighter future. There is no doubt that a city that creates media for this culture is going to be in the travel plans of people from many states and countries.
anyway, I want to share with you this research. Just click the word "this" in the previous sentence. It is significant, reliable, and typical of all the other results I've viewed.
The bottom line is, skateboarding in concrete parks is not as dangerous as basketball.
Another consideration I'd like to share is the strong possibility that skateboarding youth are less prone to repetitive stress injuries, since there are usually no parents or coaches pressuring them.
I worked with high school youth for years and it was sickening to watch adults pressure them into horriffic injuries. I saw a sixteen year old with his knee unzipped twice to repair destroyed ligaments--all for touchdowns. This kind of injury is quite rare in skateboarding; especially at that age.
Thanks to Tim Jeckering at Jeckering Architecture for the site plan drawings. We've already formed up a few initial drawings.
Thanks to the World Famous Matt Dyck, of Byrneside Skatepark fame, who has graciously offered to give us design advice and drawings for presentations. Matt is, as I said, world famous for his skateboarding and concrete park design. Any park he does is a work of art.
Our park is forming up around an artistic aesthetic. There will be trees and lighting that create a "Park-like" feel. No Post-soviet era monolithic skateparks for Northside. This'll be a park for everyone and their kids and dogs and probably even their bikes on the periphery.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Thanks for the overwhelming support. We look forward to presenting our design in either the February or March meetings. Hopefully we'll be deep in fundraising and final tweaks on design, with full support of the CRC, by April.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
At the meeting, Ali presented a cad drawing and fielded questions, the best of which was, "Where are all the skateboarders?"
Odds are, there will not be a serious presence of skateboarders at the meeting. This initiative on behalf of the Northside Community Council needs to be founded, not on demands made by the skateboarders (although design should be managed by competent skateboarders), but on the desire of the Council to incorporate the energy that skateboarding has consistently brought to everything it touches into the fabric of that needy area of the community.
Skateboarders will get involved, as they always do, as the process gains momentum. Looking at the skateparks around us in communities like Delhi, Florence, St. Bernard, Wyoming, Lawrenceburg, Fairfield, Middletown, Kettering, Georgetown, Lexington, Dry Ridge...
Looking at these other skateparks (...Anderson...) we'll see that the benefits of a skatepark are worth the work that go into them...
Looking forward to the next meeting...
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I'm still in the game, with a more finely honed vision for what I want to see happening with skateboard facilities in the city I live in.
In short, to be elaborated later on, I'd like to see skateboarding facilities embedded in "at risk" neighborhood as a positive alternative to the "Big Three Options" that face most kids I know here in Northside:
1. Pro Basketball Player
2. Rap Star on BET
3. Dealing Drugs on the corner with my cousins
Let's face it. There are parks available in the Cinci Area, but how many of them are even on the bus lines? Those that are are not within an hour of these kids. Skateparks are going up like wildfire in the midwest, but they are a SUBURBAN, AFFLUENT, PHENOMENON.
Adding insult to injury, most of these fine skateboard companies and people who push for parks are drawn in by some amalgam of "hardcore", "outlaw", "urban rough" cultural trappings. Dressed as something revolutionary, yet truly available to only the richest americans.
You have to have access to a CAR to use the Skateboarding Facilities around Cincinnati.
So let's do something really cool. Let's get grants and scrape together philanthropic donations to get high-quality, durable, low-maintenance, concrete skateboarding facilities incorporated into the city-scape of Cincinnati. We can do this in neighborhoods and properties that would otherwise breed crime.
Frankly, skateboarding will provide "Option 4", plus exposure to people from all walks of life. Skateboarding will become a vehicle of exposure for people from all over to meet and interact with kids and people in the inner city.
will be exposed and eroded...
will be discovered
as people come to enjoy the park and meet children there who exist on social programs...
advocacy can be generated by such exposure...
crime can be reduced in neighborhoods as higher population ofusers "hardens the target". And Skateboarding is a perfect vehicle for it, as skateboarders tend to be willing to take small risks lightly... a park in a difficult neighborhood will be heavily trafficked, provided that it is high-quality.
Some thoughts with more to come.
Anyone want to coalesce? drop me a comment.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Why is it acceptable, even commendable, to receive injuries in school sports? Why is it Okay for my young friend Cliff to blow out his Knee in football? Nobody minded.
And in juxtaposition:
Why is it so unacceptable, almost universally condemned, to receive injuries while skateboarding?
Monday, April 23, 2007
You will be surprised!
I will give you some anecdotal material right now, and will supply more stats, as time allows:
On Saturday, I enjoyed the Grand Opening of the brand new Delhi Skatepark. a Great park, well-designed, and worth the gas money for Cincy residents...
600 people showed up! Packed in, skating together, there were somewhere between 2-400 people participating at once! It was incredible.
There were two injuries!
one-a head injury--a little boy, about 8 years old riding a bike. Looked like a bruised orbital.
the other--a typical ankle twist--probably a break. More time for homework...
There was a twisted shoulder and a bruised palm as well.
2 injuries worth mentioning...
All while SKATEBOARDING!!!!
2 visits from the paramedics!
Meanwhile, the Women's softball league had 3 visits from the paramedics! That day! yet one person had the perspective, "This skatepark was a big mistake. A big mistake." Upon the second call to paramedics...
Pish Posh. That's what I say.
I confidently assert that, after seeing the stats, you'll agree that Skateboarding is healthier and safer than School sports!
Prepare to be surprised.
500+ skateboarders packed in like sardines, taking turns, sharing, helping each other out... and we're surprised at a couple of injuries!
Why is it that wen a kid gets injured in a football game he's a hero?
...and when he (or she--girls are allowed on the skateboarding team) gets hurt skating, he or she is an IDIOT?
This mentality will be destroyed by simple facts.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I'll start an initiative that will get at least one great skatepark built in Northside. Then, I'll be available to work with tons of youth in that skatepark. There, they will discover alternatives in life that they would never have, outside the power of skateboarding to bring together people from all walks of life.
...not too many doctors...
There are skaters who will be there whose lives are easily shared over the waits between runs. The kids of our neighborhood will be exposed to PEOPLE. Good people. there are so many.
Besides that, the facility will be a wide open opportunity for camps and classes!
Think about that and leave comments.
A motion to send a letter to the City of Cincinnati, urging them to give "Sector A" to skatepark use, was passed unanimously (with a LOT of members present).
What a Skatepark is:
Where they go:
World Class City SkatePark
Proper placement for maximum positive impact....
What good they are:
-local business (food, gas)
popularity and Reputation
-establishment of new levels of commerce (tattoos, Punk Rock, Hip-Hop)
-a properly placed Skate Presence will run out crime.
"Northside: The First Skate-Friendly Neighborhood in Cincinnati/The Midwest/America/The World"
1. Skate-Able elements/areas incorporated into strategic areas
-Not marginalizing, but embracing the 40+ year art/sport phenom of skate culture
2. Establishment of a Quality Local Park in "Sector A"
-create great reputation
3. Nurture and Development of Skate Culture/Art in Northside
-increase visibility of Northside as a "Skate Mecca"
De-marginalizing Skateboarding in Cincinnati, starting in Northside, can't help but enrich our community way beyond the costs.
Practical Action Points for Northside Community council:
1. N-Side CC to get behind it and push!
-guide fund raising
understand value versus cost:
2. Secure Sector A
3. Interface effectively with CRC.
We want this.
We don't buy into the "Liability" misunderstanding.
We push through "conservinertia".
Thanks to every member who voted (unanimously) for Sector A to be given to SkatePark use. We know that the city will hear you, and we will soon (=er or later) have a great park for the betterment of our youth and community.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Dry Ridge, people. Little, tiny, Dry Ridge--GETS IT. A good skatepark is a magnet for good things.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Here is your example for a city that has accepted skate culture to it's benefit. From VB to Santa Monica, there is skateable terrain, and skateboards are a common mode of trans- portation. I skated a full 15 miles that day, meeting people from all over the world who had come to that area to enjoy that open culture. I skated most of the day with Iggy, a young man from England who had come to skate Venice Beach.
The photos here are of some of the simple street obstacles that VB provided for the skaters. Besides this, there are numerous parks and spots. It is a great feeling to be able to jump on my skate and fly, without wondering about a 400 dollar ticket.
Well, we've been invited to the CHIA meeting, and we'll be there on the 10th of May. It was great to hear from Peter through the blog. Thanks to everyone who is reading and interested.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Click here for an article that Begs it hard
Way back in 2004 this was going on. I moved into Cinci in 2004.
Northside, where I live, understands the importance of Skate Culture. It is not a subculture anymore. The influence is in fashion, music, art of all media. The Skate-Culture has soaked into commercials and youth culture.
Hopefully N-side will lead the City in the incorporation of Skate-able terrains in the Limits. Everyone knows that Louisville had the foresight to include a World-Class park in their city plans. They're not sorry, either.
This park is located in St. Bernard, about 10 minutes outside of Northside. It can't be more than 1500 square feet. Maybe less than a thousand.
It is concrete, open till 10pm, and has recommendations posted. That is the practice. Post recommendations. Nationwide, that's enough.
It is part one of a phasic proposal. We hope they'll build the rest. I skate this park, personally, a LOT. I go there in the mornings to practice, being an old guy. Consider it like a morning run.
Here's a 2004 Enquirer article on the parks in the area:
Click the text for the full article:
St. Bernard Skate Park
Ross Avenue Park
The details: The first public skate park in the Tristate, this small concrete park is a haven for those seeking a simple skating experience - if you can use it. The park is restricted for use by St. Bernard residents only, so you might want to be prepared to flash an ID.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
We appeared for the second time, having been told we'd be on the agenda, to sit through the agenda-ed items of business (this time NOT boring) without being announced. Grabbing a copy of the agenda, we realize, again, that we're not on the agenda.
Not a problem at all. We got a chance to talk for 2 minutes and hi-five the crowd. Hopefully we'll be on the agenda for real, next time, and get to show our presentation that will convince the folks in government and finance that a skatepark will affect this community and this city in really dynamic, positive ways.
Our presentation is going to answer definitively any questions about what kind of park to build, how they're managed, how many cities are doing it, and how to finance it.
We also handed out "the card". for 2 dollars and a buck fifty for cutting, you have in your hands the contact info for discussion and update of the Skatepark Initiative.
next N-side Community Council Meeting: Monday April 16th.
The presentation's on.
We'll have a video and some art.
many man hours.
just the right information.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Ali and I will both join the council next month. 3rd Mondays.
It was really interesting that a local Scout troop was there--my son's. We didn't know, and he didn't go, but they are totally behind it. In fact, when their campout was cancelled, I took a couple of them to Ollies, in Northern Kentucky.
That meeting was on Feb. 26th.