Friends for Skateparks

Lexington, KY

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Berry Hill Skatepark Update (July 2)

Hello friends!

I wanted to give you a little update on where things stand with the Berry Hill Skatepark project…

* WHERE WE ARE – Right now, city officials, Dreamland Skateparks, and F4SP are working to determine what actual phases we will be included in the park.  This involves some major donation “asks” (which potentially could get us the entire park!) as well as finalizing up any smaller donations (naming bricks) as well as investigating potential gift-in-kind opportunities exist from local construction companies.  At some point, probably in the next couple of weeks, this process will be concluded so that the official construction drawings can be completed and construction can begin.  At that point it gets a little harder to add a phase–so right now is a crucial point in the project!

As of right now, we are at just shy of $600,000 which would leave us a little short of phase one and two.  If things stand where they are, we likely would see a slightly trimmed phase one and two with most of the major elements included. I have a hard time imagining a phase one without phase two and I believe that everyone involved believes phase one and two will be included at a minimum.  So over the next couple of weeks all of this will get fine tuned.  Our hope is that a major donor will step up to match what we (The City and F4SP) have now!  If that happens… we get it all!  Let’s hope and pray that someone will rise to the occasion as this will likely be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our community!

* WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP! – With that said, the number one thing that Friends for Skateparks can do is to acquire “bricks” for the park.  $450- You will become a part of history with a 4″ x 8″ commemorative brick that will be incorporated in Lexington’s next skatepark, featuring an inscription of your choice (3 lines; 14 characters per line). $900 – You will become a part of history with an 8″ x 8″ commemorative brick that will be incorporated in Lexington’s next skatepark featuring an inscription of your choice (4-6 lines; 14 characters per line).  DONATE NOW HERE!!!

*  INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN CONCLUDES – We concluded our Indiegogo campaign and raised $4,471!!!  Thanks to all who supported the effort!  Your “perks” will be on their way soon!

* FINAL DESIGN! – here are the drafts…

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Please share this update with as many as possible!

More coming soon…


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Reid’s (much more concise) thoughts on the designs

“Separating things was a big concern of mine. Snake run on the outside of the main area and some periphery plaza style ledges/ rails/ manual pads would be cool on side walks in and around the park. It would great to see some more curves in the design and less straight lines.” – Reid

We would love to hear from you! Let’s keep the conversation going!  This is our final chance to have input! Please note that that simply posting your ideas on Facebook or even in the comments here–while helpful in spreading your ideas to others–does nothing toward influencing the actual design if you do not send them to Dreamland at berryhilldream@gmail.com by 5pm on May 13!!!!

See Concepts HERE


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My Thoughts On The Designs

Thoughts On The Designs, by Gavin Duerson

A few of us are going to post our recommendations that we passed on to Dreamland regarding the final design of the new park.   We hope this will keep the conversation going, as this is our final chance to have input! Please note that that simply posting your ideas on Facebook or even in the comments here–while helpful in spreading your ideas to others–does nothing toward influencing the actual design if you do not send them to Dreamland at berryhilldream@gmail.com by 5pm on May 13!!!!  

With that said, I would be stoked to see either of these parks in our backyard! Both would provide terrain to skate that is much needed here in Central Kentucky. If I had to pick one design I would go with B. However since were are being asked to share our thoughts about both concepts, here are the notes I submitted at the meeting Wednesday regarding what I would love to see included in the final design:

  • I like the three bowls in concept A—especially the amoeba design “pool.”
  • I prefer the street section in concept B—especially the inclusion of the various stair sets into the park around the bowls.
  • The snake run is epic. I believe this will truly be an element that will be unique not only to Kentucky but the entire region and it will become of signature feature that kids will love—even those that don’t know it yet because they never have had a chance to skate something like it. I like the idea of making the snake run “snake” out of the park into a green space.
  • A primary concern would be that there is adequate street/plaza area. I think 50% transition and 50% street/plaza would be good ratio. I think that we can make the street area larger while keeping the large transition area with increased funds. I think we should plan for that to happen! We have almost $600,000 right now (which is the approximate cost of these designs).  I believe with monetary and gift in kind donations we should be able to have a bigger footprint.
  • I don’t think that blue concrete in the pool is essential for the bowl if the cost/benefit factor doesn’t make sense—Kentucky Blue tile would suffice and keep the trademark “blue bowl” idea that has been discussed in play.
  • Pool coping in the pool is a must
  • I like the idea of the 3’ mini ramp in the street area on design B. I believe that something small like that will be an important feature for those learning transition tricks. Could it be a bit wider?
  • I like the idea of incorporating skate-able rocks that was discussed.
  • I’m not real big on some sort of skate-able sculpture in the park that was discussed—I could take it or leave. It.
  • I like the brick area.
  • I like the idea of incorporating skate elements along the paths leading up to the park (benches, curbs, rocks, gaps, etc.)
  • Perhaps it is more costly? Perhaps it would prohibit the flow of the park? If not, I think seeing the actual footprint of the park be less confined to a rectangle would be ideal. The suggestion about the snake run would help toward that end, but perhaps rearranging the position of some elements to create a unique footprint could also be done?

Again, we’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below… but make sure to send them to Dreamland too!

Stay tuned for Reid’s thoughts…

See Concepts HERE


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New Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

What: Dreamland Skateparks requests more community feedback
When: From now until 5:00 PM, May 13, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Chatterton, friendsforskateparks@gmail.com

Leave your mark on the new skatepark

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (May 7, 2014)

Dreamland Skateparks returned to Lexington to begin the second phase of open community feedback on the design of Berry Hill Skatepark coinciding with the launch of the Move Your Feet fundraising campaign.

At a public meeting on May 6, 2014 hosted by Lexington’s Parks and Recreation and Friends for Skateparks, Dreamland Co-owner Danyel Scott and Assitant Designer and Concrete Specialist Burke Morris presented two different draft design-concepts for Berry Hill Skatepark to the public and listened to feedback from the community during the hour-and-a-half meeting.  The Oregon-based design firm will use the feedback they receive from the public input process to develop the final design for Lexington’s next skatepark.

Morris, a Lexington native, walked the attendees through each of the proposed concepts and discussed the dozens of elements and options being proposed.

“I am really excited about all the design input we received tonight.  We got a lot of ideas and feedback,” said Morris following the meeting.  “We’ll make adjustments based on the input we receive. Lexington is going to get an amazing new skatepark.

The public input period will remain open until 5:00 PM on May 13, 2014.  All community members are encouraged to send their feedback and suggestions responding to the two draft design concepts by directly emailing Dreamland at berryhilldream@gmail.com.  You can check out Dreamland’s design concepts here.

Lexington’s next skatepark will be located at Berry Hill Park on Buckhorn Drive.  The site will feature a new walking trail and is also home to a state-of-the-art playground, basketball and tennis courts and adjacent to the Squires Hill Road bike trail.  Formerly located at this park was the Berry Hill Pool, permanently closed and removed in 2012.

Currently more than $585,000 has been allocated towards the Berry Hill Skatepark project.  Friends for Skateparks, a local non-profit has set a goal to raise additional funds and make Lexington home to a $1 million skatepark through the Move Your Feet Indigogo campaign.

Friends for Skateparks is also accepting public participation in meeting their fundraising goals. If you are interested in being more active in building Lexington’s next skatepark come to either of these meetings:

Special Events and Grand Opening Team 
May 19 @ 6:30 PM
Puccinis Smiling Teeth
833 Chevy Chase Place

Youth Engagement & Fundraising Team
May 24 @ 9:00 AM
Good Foods Market & Cafe
455 Southland Dr

You can check out the Friends for Skateparks facebook page for additional information.  If you have questions, please email friendsforskateparks@gmail.com

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Here Are The Proposed Designs!!!

Below is concept A and concept B presented to us tonight by Dreamland Skateparks.  A few things to note.

1.  You can still email your thoughts and suggestions to Dreamland for 1 WEEK.  Email your suggestions (or encouragments) here: berryhilldream@gmail.com  Please make sure you fully understand what you are looking at in these designs before you email them.  If you have questions then post them and those of us at the meeting will do our best to answer your questions.

2.  A lot of good suggestions came from the meeting tonight.  There seemed to be a general consensus that moving the snake run out of the middle of the park and making the street area a bit larger would be a good idea.

3.  With the communities support over the next two months, there is a very good chance that the park will be larger than these concepts with elements from both being included.  Donate HERE!

I will offer my opinions later, but for now, enjoy taking a look!!!

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Sign Up For A Volunteer “Team” Today!

Sign Up for A Volunteer Team Today!

At our “Launch Meeting” a few weeks ago we shard about the need for the community to get involved in one of the various “teams” that will help raise funds over the next few months. Didn’t make the meeting? Now worries! Below is the list of teams.  If you are interested in participating then please email Elizabeth HERE and she will notify about the the first meeting for each of these groups.

“Move Your Feet “ Campaign Team – We need a team of people committed to help spread the word about our crowd sourcing campaign (IndieGoGo) currently going on. This will involve coming up with creative ways to spread the word through social media!

Local Fundraising/Grant Team – There are numerous opportunities locally to apply for grants and involve F4SP with other existing fundraisers. We need a team of folks to find out what those are and sign us up!

Special Events and Grand Opening Team – F4SP will host a few events over the next year related to the new park and we need folks to help with the planning. Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting, as well as partner with other events (Cosmic Invasion, Second Sunday, Others?) in the region where we can be visible and share the need.

Kids Involvement Team – How can we get kids to take ownership and get them to pitch in as little as a dollar to help fund the new park? Car Wash? Skate-A-Thon? This will be the question that this team will tackle and seek to create opportunities for kids to help the cause!

Letter Campaign – We are going to take the work out of sending letters to individuals and business. We are going to create and mail a letter for anyone willing to provide us with the addresses. Can you help us by providing addresses? Recruit others to provide addresses? Let us know! (Note: you can supply your own letter if you wish).
We look forward to hearing from you!  This is going to be a blast!


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Final Design Meeting – May 6

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Tuesday May 6 – 6:30PM

Lexington Public Library (Central Branch), Farish Theater, 140 E. Main Street, 40507.

See Dreamland’s ideas for our park based on our input. We will see two potential designs and be able to give feedback. Last chance to have a say in the actual design of this thing! Construction starts soon! Don’t miss this opportunity!!!

RSVP FOR EVENT ON FACEBOOK

Spread the word about the IndieGoGo Fundrasing Campaign too!

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