The Belfast Skatepark needs your support

I am forwarding this as written. I’m not a fan of all caps…. but I am a fan of the skate park and downtown vitality and keeping kids as part of society and not banishing them. The skate park needs your support: please take a moment to read this and send a letter of support to the email address at the end.

TO THE FRIENDS OF THE ERIC OVERLOCK MEMORIAL SKATEPARK:
WE NEED AN EMAIL FROM YOU TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!
THE PARK HAS SERVED US WELL AS A STATE OF THE ART PARK FOR ITS TIME; BUT LIKE ALL OF THE WOOD FRAMED RAMPS IN MAINE THEIR TIME IS LIMITED OUT IN THE ELEMENTS.
HERE IS OUR “SHORT TERM” PLAN: IT IS TIME TO REPAIR THE PARK TO MAKE IT SAFE BY REPLACING BROKEN FRAMING MEMBERS, REPLACING ROTTEN SUBSHEATHING, AND REPLACING BROKEN FASTENERS. WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A 4 FOOT HIGH BY 24 FOOT WIDE HALFPIPE THAT WOULD FIT PERFECTLY IN PLACE OF THE NOW GONE VERTICAL HALFPIPE. THIS RAMP IS USER FREINDLY FOR ALL ABILITY LEVELS AND WOULD BE A GREAT ADDITION.
WE WILL NEED TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE MATERIALS FOR THE REPAIRS. THE DONATED HALFPIPE NEEDS NEW SURFACING,(SKATELITE), SAFETY RAILS AND A SET OF STAIRS. WE ARE ESTIMATING THE MATERIAL COSTS TO BE 5 OR 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS. WE NEED TO START RAISING MONEY NOW IN ORDER TO GET THE PARK READY FOR SUMMER. FUNDRAISING RAISING IDEAS SO FAR INCLUDE: BOTTLE DRIVES, BATTLE OF THE BANDS CONCERT, LOCAL ART AUCTION, AND SKATEBOARD RELATED MOVIE FEATURED AT THE COLONIAL AS A BENEFIT. WE ARE WORKING ON FINDING A NON PROFIT THAT WILL ACT AS OUR TREASURER SO THAT WE CAN START COLLECTING DONATIONS. IF YOU CAN HELP WITH ANY OF THESE THINGS INCLUDING THE CARPENTRY WORK, PLEASE LET US KNOW. ANY OTHER FUNDRAISING IDEAS WOULD BE APPRECIATED AS WELL.
OUR “LONG TERM” GOAL WILL BE TO START PLANNING FOR A PERMANENT CONCRETE REPLACEMENT THAT WILL BE MAINTENANCE FREE, QUIET,MORE USER FRIENDLY, AND A BIT LESS OF AN EYESORE. BUILDING A NEW SKATEPARK IS VERY EXPENSIVE AND WILL TAKE LOTS OF TIME AND SUPPORT.

PLEASE SEND US YOUR EMAIL OF SUPPORT FOR THIS CAUSE TO: JOANNEPARENTART@GMAIL.COM, AS WE ARE COMPILING LETTERS TO TAKE TO THE CITY TO SHOW THEM HOW MUCH THIS PARK MEANS TO OUR TOWN!

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One Response to “The Belfast Skatepark needs your support”

  1. Susan Cronin Says:

    My son is a lawyer, my son is a doctor…..how they end up is up to them; how they start is up to us. Keep the skatepark going. Not all our best people are “cookie cutter.”

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