St. Louis' First Legal Skate Park to Break Ground Soon; KHVT Still Raising Funds

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KHVT's plans for the skate garden.
To be honest, the skateboarding community is a little burnt out on the fundraising for the new skate park, says Bryan Bedwell, the chairman of the board of directors for KHVT.

"The skaters of St. Louis have already been donating...hard-earned money for seven years now," Bedwell says. "They are kind of tired of it."

That frustration peaked when the skaters realized they were losing the Kingshighway park they built with their own time, labor and materials while the city replaces the crumbling structure.

"The city is tearing down our spot we spent all our money and time on," Bedwell says. "I'm thinking, 'Hey, you guys are basically tearing down our $100,00 skate park we built out of our own blood and sweat and whatever. At some point, somebody's got to pony up some cash."

So KHVT is looking outside its skateboarding community for funds -- and finding willing partners.

Team Pain, a company from Florida that builds skate parks all over the country, says it will build the park for St. Louis for free if KHTV can get land, supplies and volunteers.
"Skate parks cost thousands and thousands of dollars, but [Team Pain] loves us, and they are behind us because we are one of the few major cities that doesn't have a free public skate park," Bedwell says. "They can't stand it. They think it's a travesty."

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4415 Morganford: Soon, there will be a skate park here.
KHVT also applied for and won a matching $5,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation, which funds parks across the country. Usually, the foundation requires cities to have professional builders on-call before awarding funds, but KHVT's promise of volunteer labor won them the money.

KHVT is also working with local gardening groups, which bring their own funding to the project and will organize community planter beds in the skate park.

Now, the group needs $5,000 to match the funds. KHVT launched a GoFundMe fundraising page to ask for donations. Last year, the group raised $15,000 through a Kickstarter campaign.

But Bedwell doesn't mind working for the money.

"It breeds a feeling of ownership," he says.


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31 comments
Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Excellent. Hopefully they will host Punk Rock Shows

Harrison Elfrink
Harrison Elfrink

Skateboarding is back in vogue? Did Tony Hawk come out of retirement?

Gary Muich
Gary Muich

Will be taken over by gangs as everything else!

Char Lee
Char Lee

There's a skate park in Belleville.

Vanessa Cosentino
Vanessa Cosentino

Ive called and never got returned calls.early one morning i was there with my boys and we saw a parks worker cleaning up and he said its been getting worse and worse

Vanessa Cosentino
Vanessa Cosentino

Matt Cox that is the one under the kingshighway bridge that is being torn down i believe

Vanessa Cosentino
Vanessa Cosentino

Pattie Van Horn Murphy the one in arnold is the one that is constantly trashed

Matt Cox
Matt Cox

What about the one by the hill?

Vanessa Cosentino
Vanessa Cosentino

Parents need to raise their kids to respect what is given to them, not destroy it. The only plus side to seeing all that trash is it gives me an opportunity to teach my kids what NOT to do and allows me to lead by example and pick bottles and big gulp cups left all over so my kids do the same...within safety guidelines of course (I have seen condoms, razor blades (im sure probably used for grip tape) and other nasty crap left on the seating areas at ferd b lang)

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

about damn time. they're only almost 15 years behind the trends here.

Vanessa Cosentino
Vanessa Cosentino

I hope the new one is treated better than jb and ferd b lang and kingshighway...not that they are horribly filthy(well ferd b lang is) but i cant think of a time ive gone to any of those and not seen trash left all over despite several trash cans (and a dumpster under kings) being present

Shane King
Shane King

Ryan Wenneker its called built by skateboarders for skateboarders. Bike riders could do the same thing long as they have the support nobody is stopping you.

Ryan Wenneker
Ryan Wenneker

i can almost guarantee that bmx wont be allowed but scooters will be.. that would be bullshit and descrimination and yet it happens all the time.. and to those who think skaterboarders and bmxers cant coexist should go the way of the dinosaurs.. i like the idea of a good spot being build, hopefully it actually is... built great.. and actually enjoyable instead of most the parks around.. with one exception, RAMP RIDERS!

Corey Butler
Corey Butler

This place is right across from Oak Hill, this would look a lot better than that empty lot.

Joyce Boswell
Joyce Boswell

Can't skate myself but think if kids have a place to go have fun they won't get in so much trouble. They only need $5000 so if everyone can donate 5-10 that would help a lot.

Constance Cafazza
Constance Cafazza

I'm looking forward to having this park up and running and I'm glad it's happening in Bevo!

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