Friends for Skateparks

Lexington, KY


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!










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:  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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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!!!


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Skatepark Design Meeting With Dreamland! BE THERE!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.,
Lexington Public Library (Central Branch), Farish Theater, 140 E. Main Street, 40507

OK folks…  This is it.  There has been a lot of discussion over the last few years about they kind of skatepark Lexington needs.  Anytime the new park is discussed, it seems everyone has great ideas about what type of elements the new park should have and now the time has finally come for your ideas to be shared with the guys who are going to build the park!  This thing is about to get moving fast so time is of the essence!  Below is the Press Release for the design meeting!  Please do your part in getting the word out and getting the skate community out for this forum!  Please Share and Tweet out this page!!!



Calling All Lexingtonians: Public Input Needed for New Berry Hill Skatepark

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (March 26, 2014) – Before the first shovel of dirt is turned, all community members are asked to take part in the unique opportunity to share their best design ideas for a new skatepark at Berry Hill.  A public input meeting is scheduled for next month.

Date, time, and location are listed below:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.,
Lexington Public Library (Central Branch), Farish Theater, 140 E. Main Street, 40507

Representatives from Dreamland Skateparks, an Oregon design firm heading up the project, will fly to Lexington for the meeting.  They are asking members of the public to come loaded with ideas about what they want to see in their next skatepark.

Friends for Skateparks, a non-profit organization, has collaborated with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government and Parks and Recreation to make the Berry Hill Skatepark a reality.

Eighth District Councilman George Myers has been a leading advocate of the project.

“This is a rare and exciting chance for the community to lend a hand in the design process of a world-class skatepark that is sure to draw skaters to Lexington from far and wide,” said Myers.  “Don’t let the opportunity to share your ideas pass you by.”

An email forum will also be made available by Dreamland during the design input process allowing comments, questions, or concerns to be submitted by the public. A second community meeting with Dreamland will follow the initial public input period. Further details will be disclosed at a later date

Friends for Skateparks President Gavin Duerson encouraged the community to participate in the public meeting.

“This is one of the most exciting parts of the process as we, the action sports community, get to have direct input into the exact elements we want present in our new park,” said Duerson. “That is the purpose of this meeting and we hope everyone who is excited about our state’s newest skatepark can be present and join us in the creative process.”

For more information on the Berry Hill Skatepark project go to


Official Update On Berry Hill Skate Park from Councilman Myers


Just released from Councilman Myers office:

November 1, 2013

Dear Lexington Park and Skating Community Supporters:

I am very excited to announce the process to build Lexington’s next skatepark and revitalize Berry Hill Park has begun!  Even more exciting, the city of Lexington is committed to a process that will give skaters and the community alike a key role in steering the skatepark’s final design.

Many thanks to Lexington’s Urban County Council and Mayor Jim Gray for catching the vision and budgeting $500,000 towards Lexington’s new destination skatepark. As you may know we are currently working to expand this project into a $1 million skatepark through private donations and we are asking for your help in this endeavor.  Additionally the Council has approved an additional $80,000 to add a new walking trail in the park.

We are in the beginning stages of hiring a qualified consultant and are currently advertising a request for proposals (RFP).  While each consultant will propose their own methodology, we are looking for an expert that is not only skilled at designing and building skateparks but also at incorporating a robust community-involved plan in to the process.

While the timeline for construction should be determined by the consultant that is selected and the process they propose for building the skatepark, we anticipate construction to begin in the summer of 2014 with substantial completion by the end of 2014. Once a contract has been awarded to a consultant they will provide a schedule of all major project milestones and outline plans to work directly with our community in developing the skatepark’s design.

The proposals submitted by the design firms will respond to a list of project goals in the RFP.  These goals to name just a few include:

  • a consultant that will work with the community to design and develop a park that addresses the needs of beginner through experienced skaters and bikers;
  • a variety of both transition style skate features as well as street elements;
  • the design and construction of a first-class unique destination skatepark that creates an economic benefit to the community at-large;
  • a portion of the park should be designed so it is ADA accessible; and
  • the design shall take into account long-term maintenance and sustainability.

I hope you are as excited by this news as I am.  It is also my hope that in the coming months our community will recognize the economic and health benefits this project is going to provide for the citizens of Lexington and will come  together to make this project even bigger and more awesome than it already promises.  We would like to see this project become a $1 million skatepark through private donations.  For more information about how you can get involved to help us achieve this goal please contact Elizabeth Chatterton ( or (859)258-3220).  You can also make a tax-deductible donation at

We are looking forward to working with you to build a world-class skatepark in Lexington, Kentucky.


George G. Myers

See PDF of the release HERE.