Friends for Skateparks

Lexington, KY


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Left to right: Former President – Gavin Duerson, Vice President – Reid Small, Current President – Roderick Saylor, Tresurer – Ben Marsico

Greetings,

Insane! Who would have thought 2 years ago that we would have a public skatepark like Berry Hill? So many people put in an incredible amount of their personal time to make it happen. To name a few… Gavin. Reid. Ben. Jonathon (Ware-not pictured). These guys killed it! Friends for Skateparks was founded by these guys. They created this non-profit organization to raise money, awareness and to be a voice for our community to the City to make their dream of Berry Hill a reality. I personally can’t thank them enough for what they have done.

On November 13th, 2015 the board for Friends of Skateparks voted me in as the new president. I have had a skateboard under my feet since 1984. I’m incredibly excited about the potential for the future of our organization. I want to thank Gavin, the previous president, for his hard work, personal time and inspiration.

Lexington has long needed an organization like Friends for Skateparks. We have long needed a voice to the City. We have long needed a fundraising organization like Friends for Skateparks. Well, we have it. I want this organization to pick up where Gavin left off. I want this organization to continue to do whatever we can to provide for the best facilities in Kentucky that will increase the stoke for our passion. We will work to build new skateparks and to rehabilitate, expand and improve our existing parks.

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook for upcoming fundraising events. We will need volunteers. We will need your help. This organization is here to serve the community and we will need the community’s help.

Sincerely,

Roderick Saylor

President


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Finishing Touches

Check out the finishing touches on the berryhill skatepark and then get out there today and shred!  We may not get many more awesome days like this!  

Bricks…

Water fountain…

Sign…

Trees! 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   


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Video From The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Hello Friends!

Below is footage from the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  Once again thank you to all who made this possible!  Most of you will never get the name recognition you deserve, several of you are named in this video and others are permanently named and thanked in the bricks now in place at the park!  Props to Steve for stepping in and speaking for all the “friends!”


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ALERT: Berry Hill Skatepark Open!!!

  
Official press release :

Skateboarders, BMX riders and inline skaters have a new park in Lexington to perfect the latest tricks. Today, the City’s Division of Parks & Recreation and the non-profit group Friends for Skateparks announced the opening of the Berry Hill skatepark at 3489 Buckhorn Drive. The 18,000-square-foot skatepark features a flow bowl, snake run, street section, stairs and rails. 

“I think the park will be very popular with local skaters and bikers, and give out-of-town skaters a reason to come visit our city,” said Gavin Duerson, president of Friends for Skateparks. “I am especially excited with how the snake run turned out. It is a truly unique feature that no other park in the region comes close to offering.” 

The park was designed and built by Dreamland Skateparks, LLC, an Oregon-based company with more than 20 years experience in skatepark construction. One of Dreamland’s craftsmen, Burke Morris, is a Lexington native who incorporated Bluegrass-themed elements into the design. Some of the concrete in the skatepark was stamped with horseshoes and stylized to mimic limestone, and one of the metal rails features galloping Thoroughbreds. 

Additional work on the skatepark will continue throughout the summer, including installation of a sidewalk, benches, signage, drinking fountain and landscaping. An opening celebration is planned for August. 
Berry Hill is Lexington’s third and largest skatepark. The skatepark in Woodland Park opened in 1999, and a small skate pad designed for beginners opened at Kirklevington Park in 2012. The new skatepark’s features and obstacles are expected to appeal to skateboarders, bikers and skaters of all skill levels. 

The Berry Hill skatepark was an initiative of former 8th District Councilmember George Myers. The City partnered with Friends for Skateparks to design and raise money for the project. The group has hosted public meetings and continues fundraising efforts for other skatepark features planned in the future. Donors and volunteers include Cosmic Skateshop, Wilson Equipment and dozens of citizens across the community. 
Cash or gift-in-kind donations may be made online at http://www.friendsforskateparks.com.

Contact: Michelle Kosieniak, Superintendent of Parks Planning

859-288-2982 

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Stayed tuned for news about an official grand opening event later this summer once all the park amenities are officially complete. 

   

  

  

  
   

  

  

  

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