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About this project

We took a vacant building and made it a skatepark, art studio, bike co-op, vintage market and yoga studio. Help us keep it free!

In a quirky neighborhood of Boston called Allston, a group of community members, non-profit organizers, small business owners, entrepreneurs and artists came together to build Boston’s first free indoor skatepark and creative co-op called POP Allston. Our goal is to make POP Allston a free place for small businesses to grow, kids to skateboard, people to fix their bikes and artist to create and- WE NEED YOUR HELP. Donate today and we will put all funds toward the operation of the space: keeping the lights on, the heat blasting, the wifi flowing, the skatepark supervised and safe, and the whole building free for use by the entire community.

Read below for more information about all of the partners who together are POP Allston:

Orchard Conservatory Skatepark 

Orchard Conservatory Skatepark was the brainchild of the owners of Orchard Skateshop - one of New England’s most iconic brands for skaters world-wide. The skatepark itself spans across two floors and is nearly 8,000 square feet of skateable space!  Built by Colonial Ramp Technologies and a crew of New England skatepark builders, the Conservatory is designed to satisfy all different styles of skateboarding.  

One floor is designed to replicate a modern urban plaza with a variety of banks and hips, along with over a dozen "Granite Legos" that can be moved and connected to create an infinite amount of creative line combinations.  The top floor of the Conservatory is a transition skaters' winter paradise made primarily from poured-in-place concrete. 

Both floors are designed to be accessible, challenging, and tons of fun for all skill levels.  Along with regular session times, the Conservatory will also host skateboard lessons, clinics, and camps.

Funds from the Kickstarter will make sure that this skatepark stays free and open to the public for as many hours as possible!

Oliver Best Vintage Market

Oliver Best Vintage Market is the next step for Allston resident and entrepreneur Justin Pomerleau owner of Allston’s Vivant Vintage and founding member of the Traveling Spectacular. Through his business endeavors, Pomerleau showcases his background in the interdisciplinary arts. Vivant exhibits Pomerleau’s flair for creative merchandising, handpainted signage, and his overall artistic aesthetic and Oliver Best Markets are an opportunity to bring the spirit of The Traveling Spectacular to Allston every week.

Oliver Best is a once a week multi-vendor vintage market that will feature vendors of records, vintage and artisan jewelry, clothes, home decor and more. is a once a week multi-vendor vintage market that will bring top vintage dealers from all over New England to sell their cool, quirky and unique wares. 

CommonWheels Bicycle Co-Op

One of Allston’s scrappiest non-profits CommonWheels has been setting up on the streets of Allston for impromptu DIY bike repair for the last five years. This ragtag group of cyclist is passionate about getting butts on bikes, teaching basic bike maintenance and riding safety. You can find them giving bikes to neighborhoods kids and adults or leading fantastic community rides. 

In POP Allston CommonWheels has found a home base and an opportunity to operate for the first time throughout the winter months. Funds from the Kickstarter will keep CommonWheels rolling all winter long offering free classes at POP Allston!

Yoga Hub 

Keeping us centered is certified yoga instructor and founder of Yoga Hub Boston is Ali Singer. Ali dreams of someday owning and operating her own yoga studio and at POP Allston we are committed to helping her reach her goals. She will be operating the Yoga Hub in the space offering classes like glow yoga to the community. 

The !ND!V!DUALS Collective

POP Allston’s artists in residence, !ND!V!DUALS Collective, uses salvaged wood materials to create sculptural installations occupied by large-scale or life-size characters and creatures. Inspired by 90’s cartoons and set designs they will use their knack for creating environments and transformative art experiences to slowly build POP Allston into their artistic new home. 

Their whimsical and irreverent found-wood sculptures have formed several celebrated installations in the Boston Area, including the Birdsnest Bowl at Orchard's flagship store in Allston. 

In our rewards from this project you can own your very piece from the Janky Donuts installation where the artists fully developed a fake donut shop in Boston and Miami with an explosive surprise. 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge we face will be keeping the space open as many hours as possible while keeping it free and open to the public. The money raised by this kickstarter campaign will go towards paying heat, electricity, wifi, insurance, and other additional operating costs, as well as for staffing the skatepark.
We have made it this far, and now we're trying to keep POP Allston open to the public much as possible! The more money that we can raise, the more frequently the space can be open with longer hours!

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    Sticker Pack

    Get a sticker pack with five stickers from each of the POP Allston tenants! Orchard Conservatory Skatepark, Oliver Best Vintage Market, CommonWheels Bicycle Co-Op, Yoga Hub and the !ND!V!DUALS

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    Get two custom made patches for the Oliver Best Market and Orchard Conservatory Skatepark.

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    Orchard Conservatory x Thunder Trucks
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    Made to order- one of the !ND!V!DUALS donuts from their acclaimed Janky Donut installation. Comes in one of five flavors.

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    Individually numbered limited Orchard Conservatory skateboard deck designed by Sean O'Connor.

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    90 Minute Private Yoga Class with Ali Singer Founder of Boston Yoga Hub!

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    SAY YOUR PIECE!

    A custom stenciled message designed by Justin Pomerleau founder of the Oliver Best Vintage Market. Messages will be joined together to form a mural in POP Allston. We will send you a frame ready photo of your message and your original custom made stencil.

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    ART BOX- featuring prints and original works from amazing artists that have shown support for POP Allston.
    Each "Box o' Art" will contain asssorted works from artists including Mark Gonzales, Russ Pope, Rob Collins, Kenji Nakayama, Isaac Mckay Randozzi, The Girl Art Dump, Eileen Clynes, Tom Dupere, Dillon Buss, and many, many more!

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    CARVE IT IN GRANITE!

    One of the coolest elements of Orchard Conservatory skatepark is the movable granite ledges. Have your name carved into a granite ledge and prominently displayed in Conservatory Skatepark. We will send you a frame ready photo of your custom engraving!

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    Get a private session at the Orchard Conservatory for you and up to 9 friends! Lessons and Demo from members of the Orchard skate team, and your choice of 10 tee shirts included!

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    Janky Donut Box

    Get an original Janky Donut Box featuring 6 sculptural donuts and a hidden sculptural gun from the !D!V!DUALS and their acclaimed Janky Donut installation.

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    THE ULTIMATE SESSION!
    Get a private session at the Orchard Conservatory for you and up to 9 friends! Lessons and Demo from members of the Orchard skate team, along with professional ambassadors from Converse and other skate brands!
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