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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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!!!


Spread the word about the IndieGoGo Fundrasing Campaign too!

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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