BCSA partners with the city to expand the skatepark
SANDPOINT – The Bonner County Skatepark Association is partnering with the city to expand Concrete Lake Skate Park to Travers Park.
“We have quickly overtaken the park over the past 10 years,” said Rory Whitney of BCSA and owner of 7B Boardshop. “After school, the park is full of children. The proximity to schools is excellent, we just need a little more space.
The 16th Annual King of the Kongrete Skateboard Competition hosted by BCSA raised over $ 3,000 in sponsorship, donations from local businesses, merchandise and participation in the competition. The association is a new 501 (c) 3 which aims to promote, improve, expand and maintain skate fields in the region.
BCSA has partnered with the city in the past by paying for the sealing of the new kidney bowl at the skatepark. Now they are working with the city to expand the park itself.
The skatepark is the city’s asset and property, said city administrator Jennifer Stapleton. The city will develop elements of the sports complex mentioned in the parks and recreation master plan. The first phase was the recent repairs to renal bolus function.
Since the kidney bowl was severely cracked and becoming unsafe, Stapleton said the city made repairs and the BCSA paid for the sealing, which was a recommendation but not a requirement for the project. She said it’s not uncommon for a fundraising branch to support a community park or park amenity.
“A park is a safe space for children and keeps them away from dangerous roads and the hairs of businesses, tourists and pedestrians,” Whitney said. “We don’t have another place in town where it’s legal for kids to skate in town. “
Skateboarding is a great outlet for kids who don’t traditionally play team sports, Whitney said. It is a very physical and demanding sport to express your creativity. Sometimes this creativity brings bikers downtown to try out rides on city properties.
“Skating is incompatible with downtown,” Stapleton said. “Service agents receive a lot of complaints. ”
Adding new features to the skatepark would encourage skaters to use the park rather than city property, she said. Benches, rails and other city items are not meant to be ridden, but items like this could be available at the skatepark.
She said the challenge at Sandpoint’s parks is not with new equipment, but with updating failing infrastructure, maintaining, capital improvements and refreshing parks. This is where the proposed local option tax comes in, Stapleton added.
Lots of parents hang out at the park with their kids, Whitney said. Concrete Lake Skate Park has an excellent reputation, is clean, free of graffiti and is arguably one of the busiest parks in town used by young people, he said.
Stapleton agreed that the skate park is arguably the most used building stock in the parks program. For this fiscal year 2022, the city has allocated $ 95,000 to the expansion of the skate park.
“LOT funds could push more skatepark projects into the first phase,” the city administrator said. “Then the city could move on to other park projects.”
Whitney said the proposed LOT would go a long way towards funding skatepark equipment and repairs. Shade is needed at Concrete Skate Park to allow skateboarding in the summer heat. As well as more lighting for evening skating and more safety. Basic maintenance is necessary for a functioning water fountain, Whitney said.
One of Whitney’s and BCSA’s goals for the skate park is for every aspect of skateboarding to be focused in one area while having plenty of terrain and features suitable for beginners, but offering options for advanced riders.
The city is looking for ways to make the skatepark accessible to all types of wheel users and accessible to people in wheelchairs, said Maeve Nevins-Lavtar, responsible for park planning and development.
Through community fundraising and partnerships with businesses, the BCSA hopes to permanently provide space for snowboarders and anyone who recreates on wheels, said Whitney. He challenged any company to match or beat the $ 1,500 donation made by Adam Hall of Advanced Drywall Concepts.
For more information on BCSA, visit bcskatepark.com or bcskatepark on Instagram.