Boston's First Free Indoor Skatepark & Creative Co-Op
Boston's First Free Indoor Skatepark & Creative Co-Op
We took a vacant building and made it a skatepark, art studio, bike co-op, vintage market, and a yoga studio. Help us keep it free.
We took a vacant building and made it a skatepark, art studio, bike co-op, vintage market, and a yoga studio. Help us keep it free. Read more
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!
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!
- (30 days)