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


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.


Roderick Saylor



Big Berry Hill Skatepark Update!

Big Berry Hill Skatepark Update!  (Please Share!)

Hello Friends!

We have some exciting news to fill you in on. Below you will see the updated design of the new park at Berry Hill. Construction is set to begin this month! The park, pictured below, has a budget of $600,000. The City of Lexington has committed $575,000 toward the new park. Thanks to partners like you, today Friends for Skateparks donated $17,530 from our fundraising efforts to the city of Lexington for the Berry Hill Skatepark project! A BIG thanks to all who have helped so far!!!!

However, the $600,000 being spent on the skatepark does not include much needed site amenities improvements such as landscaping, lighting, benches, fountains and signage to name a few.  We are also hoping our fundraising efforts will be successful enough to add an additional phase to the park!  The site work that is needed will cost around $35,000 and the additional phase will likely cost between $80,000-$90,000 – which we can help raise with cash and gift-in-kind donations.

Now is the time!  If you or a business you know would like to help us reach our goal we have a number of opportunities to provide you with special recognition for supporting Lexington ’s next world-class skatepark.  You can help today by purchasing a Brick (2×4, $250 or 4×4, $500) with an engraving of your choice that will be featured in the park!

We also have two very specific items that could really help reduce the overall cost of this project:

* 5 bedroom home? – Do you or someone you know have a 5 bedroom house near Lexington available from January through March (the completion of the park) that they could offer to workers coming in for the project?

* Wood? – Contact us to see a specific list of lumber needed for the project.   Businesses can donate lumber and receive tax incentives.

We also are approaching local companies regarding donated and discounted machinery, concrete, landscaping, and other supplies. If you own or know someone who owns businesses that sell these items and would like to help, please let us know.

Stay tuned…more coming soon!

Please Note:  There could be minor changes made to the design, but this will be the general footprint. Click Image To Enlarge!