About this project
Skateboarding drives me Crazy! But in a good way, of course. It is the most challenging activity I have ever put my mind to. The time, energy, and thought process used to learn even the simplest trick makes school and work seem like a joke. This is what makes skateboarding so addictive....not to mention it is the most fun one could possibly have. You learn how to do things that you honestly felt to be previously impossible.
For kids, I believe this activity can play a huge role in the development of a variety of positive traits. I know that skateboarding from childhood has made me a more dedicated, loyal, patient, quick thinking, understanding, and hardworking person. To be a progressive skateboarder, you have to have these attributes, anything less and you would give up on skateboarding completely.
This brings me to why I am looking to open The Garage, indoor skateboarding facility in Everett, WA.
The younger generation in this area are more excited about skateboarding then ever before. On any given day you can find the local skateparks packed to the brim with young minds hard at work on their skateboards. The only problem is, these parks are all outdoors and located in one of the wettest states in the US. That means, when it rains there is nowhere for kids to skate, while staying dry. But this can change with your help!
My wife and I are seeking $15,000 to pay for wood, screws, paint, steel, sheet metal, and labor to construct a one of a kind indoor skateboarding facility. This park will be designed and hand crafted by my friends and myself, aka Vic's Market, with the help of an experienced skatepark builder. With all parties involved having skateboarded for roughly 20 years a piece, the final product will surely be a masterpiece.
Once opened, feel free to stop by any time and skate, even if it's your first time, and enjoy watching your money being put to a good use. The kids and parents in Everett will thank you for it. Thanks for checking out our page and remember... "With Your Help We Will Open THE GARAGE!!"
Risks and challenges
Owning and operating an indoor skateboarding facility can come with some major risks and challenges.
A very prominent risk is that our park will not be desirable to skateboarders and therefore will not bring in enough skaters per day to pay the bills. We will avoid this risk by designing the park in a way that best utilizes the space and is fun for all ages and skill levels. We will hold special events and advertise throughout the Everett community and team up with local businesses to increase visibility.
Other common risk factors lie in the order of liability and insurance. We will make sure to be covered by the appropriate amount of insurance and enforce a helmet rule for children under 18 years old. Also, waivers will be signed by all guests before using the facility to release us from any liability.
The main challenge I see our park having is staying busy in the summer months, when the weather is not as bad. We will defeat this challenge by offering our space to a variety of different uses. We have extra space for a small art gallery, I will be doing custom skateboard shaping, and I will be offering my filming and editing expertise during events and parties for a fee.
My wife and I are really excited about having this space and are looking forward to giving back to the community and making Everett a better place. We do understand that there are risks and challenges ahead but you know what they say..."The sweet isn't as sweet without the bitter."Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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