We held a few Marin City Skate Day events over the last year to test out the idea of the Art & Skate Park. They were a huge success: http://vimeo.com/69183713
Proof Lab is matching the $5,000 if we can raise it here, as we need at least $10,000 to complete phase 1 of the park. We hope to raise more than $5000 here so that we can build additional obstacles and features.The more we raise the more we build!
We are raising the money to hep finish the construction of a new outdoor, free, wood skatepark in Marin City, CA. There will also be space dedicated to showing local art at the park. The park is located right off the freeway when you enter Marin City in some unused tennis courts at the 100 lot block. Marin City after school and summer recreation programs will be taught in the park, but there will also be hours where the park is open to the public.
The park is being built by professional ramp builder Jeremy Tuffli (Tuffli Rampworks), with the help of Proof Lab staff and a handful of local volunteers such as former pro skateboarder Matt Field. We plan to finish Phase 1 in October. Phase one includes a 60ft wide quarter pipe, a pyramid, another 24 ft wide flat bank, and a number of other smaller features like boxes, spines, manual pads, etc. If phase 1 goes smooth and is received well by the community, Phase 2 could involve more fundraising and additional obstacles such as a mini-ramp.
Most of the materials have been donated from Town Park in Oakland, which just got taken down in preparation to build a new Oakland Park. But we need more materials. In particular we need new Skatelite, which costs roughly $200 per sheet and goes on top of the ramps to keep them water resistant and able to last through 5-10+ winters. The Skatelite alone will cost about $5k.
Risks and challenges
We have built many parks larger and more complicated than this one, and have most of the materials we need to finish it, so there really are no major challenges with getting the park built. If we dont do this fundraiser, it will just take longer and not come out as well - we will have to find other ways to come up with money and possibly cut corners by using sub par materials.
One risk with the project is that once it gets built, the community decides for whatever reason that the park needs to be reduced in scale or moved. We have been given no indications that this is any sort of real risk, but it just is a risk with any sort of new community skatepark. Part of the reason this park is being built with wood is so that it is technically temporary construction compared to a cement park which would cost more and be much more permanent.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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