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PHOTOS: St. Louis Is Building Its First Legal Skateboarding Park

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Team Pain, a company from Florida that builds skate parks all over the country, told KHVT it would build the park for St. Louis for free if KHTV could 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."

Skateboarders are already practicing their moves on the park's new ramps, which have progressed from this a few weeks ago...

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...to this:

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Lindsay Toler
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.

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Check out even more photos of St. Louis' first legal skatepark on the next page.



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Gary Muich
Gary Muich

Will be trashed and gang drug activity hang out!

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Hopefully they build a fence around it. I know Pete would have wanted to keep a certain element out.  

Marisela Rivas
Marisela Rivas

wow, I'm from Cali I can't remember kids not having a place to skate. How strange. Now all you need is a bmx park to go with it.

Ryan Wenneker
Ryan Wenneker

whats more of a travesty than not having a skatepark in st. louis is that its probably a fact that retarded scooters will be allowed no problem, causing congestion and endangering everyone there, (not to mention parents leaving their young scooter kids at the park to be babysat), but bmx bikers will be banned from using it... sad that in this day and age that this kind of discrimination, intolerance, and predjudice exists... yet if it was anybody else, it would be all over the news. is that fair?

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

They need some teen centers too. Teens need something to do.

Heidi J. Greene
Heidi J. Greene

Another reason to visit soon Jonathan Myles Walker!!!!

Dennis Mathews
Dennis Mathews

Proud to say I was related to the man it's being named after. I know a lot of work and petitions went into getting this done. Glad it's happening!!

Amanda Lestina
Amanda Lestina

Rosanne Falbo yes it does but here ya go 4415 Morganford Road.

Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson

^^google could probably help you with that answer.

Rosanne Falbo
Rosanne Falbo

Read the article, no mention of where the park is located.

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

only 15 years behind the rest of the country

Eric Darling
Eric Darling

Great job to all the older skaters getting in there and making things happen, all the while making sure the younger guys had their hands in the work so they could have that extra appreciation of skating something they built. Great job KHVT, Team Pain, and all the other good people who gave what they could to the project.

Nate Kern
Nate Kern

Kudos to these guys for seeing a great idea through. I haven't skated in years but I'm glad to see this spot is happening in the city!

Gabriel Cotton
Gabriel Cotton

Is this just considering the city as St. Louis? There has been a public skate park at Sylvan Springs County Park near Jefferson Barracks for a couple of years already.

Michael Boyle
Michael Boyle

Bram, here's your chance. Randall, I feel like you can skateboard...am I right?

Justin Hassler
Justin Hassler

Yeah I hope it turns out cewl kings highway was dope

Char Lee
Char Lee

You can deal drugs anywhere. A lot of them are legitimate athletes. They need a place to do this. It's healthy.

alexmpowers
alexmpowers

Wish they would have lived up to the first round of funding rewards via Kickstarter - glad I got burned by that when I saw they were coming back for seconds with the GoFundMe campaign. 

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

Look at it this way. It gets them off your lawn.

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

St. Louis has never had a public skate park before? That's embarrassing.

Gary Muich
Gary Muich

It will be nothing but a hood hangout and drug deals! Something else for them to tear up!

andwilkes
andwilkes

Very cool.  Cheers to their grassroots efforts!

Zachary Bates
Zachary Bates

old shnucks on big bend and 141 is perfect spot! i wish someone would check it out. going to be expensive though

jbh123
jbh123

@alexmpowers Did you pledge money via Kickstarter and not receive your reward? 

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