The original skatepark was organized and built by Mark Butler and contributing community members. It was designed and contracted by a group from Arizona. Organizing started in the late 90’s but the original designs were put to a halt when the proposed skatepark had to be relocated to a different area on the Mesa Park property than originally planned . The original designer backed out and the organizing and planning was left alone to Mark. Mark did an amazing job in organizing and working for years to finally get a park built and finished by 2006.
The park that was built is a great start to a good skatepark, but it was simply left incomplete. The features on the park are too big to start out on for beginners and are only approachable to highly skilled or even professional skaters.
Our vision is a park where younger and beginner skaters can start at the bottom of the learning curve and work their way over time to progress in the park into the bigger already existing features.
Mark had original visions of a bowl to complete the half pipe area and a more finished flow to the park, but simply didn’t have the resources or funds to create that.
What we are fundraising for is an effort to make Mark's and the rest of the local skating community's visions come to reality.
We want this to be a community fueled process, including community volunteer work days where people can come and be a part of a positive experience. Together we can work and build relationships with fellow community members while at the same time creating a place where kids and adults alike can come and have a great time skating and progressing in the park.
No donation is to big nor to small! Thank you for contributing to the Bolinas Community Skatepark Fund!
Thanks so much,
Tyrone & Blair
We had an awesome opening fundraiser event for the Bolinas Skatepark this last weekend. Despite the wet weather people came out and truly shredded and showed their support. After the skate jam we retreated to the Community Center where we had great food, wine & beer, dancing, music, raffles and auctions.
Thanks to the Bolinas Community Center for hosting us, Proof Lab for so many amazing grab bags, wetsuits, bags, clothing, shoes and art/auction items, 2 Mile Surf Shop for skate decks and other prizes, Flowers and Cooking and Serving amazing Pozole from the Brendels, Bread from the Parkside, Greens from Gospel Flat, Lagunitas Brewing for two amazing kegs of beer and an awesome grab bag of beer & a skateboard, Steely's for their amazing steelware cups, bottles, bags and lunch containers, Thackery Winery for the great vino, the Coast Cafe for a dinner certificate, Penny for her massage certificate, Our amazing bartenders Suraya and Evie (and others that stepped in too!). Thanks to local artists for donating paintings and such, Sarah Hodges, Mike Shine, Justin Ringlein, Blair Tom, Llewellyn Ludlow and Will Hutchinson & Nate at the Lab. Thanks to the awesome DJ's, Omar Epicenter Sound and DJ Adam 12, Thanks to the Mesa Park Board and the Firehouse Community Park Agency throughout this entire process and Jeremy Tuffli for amazing new renderings/design for the skatepark completion. Mark Butler, we wouldn't have the park we have now and the insight to fuel our process without you, thanks so much!
Special thanks to all that have supported previously and currently through donations on GoFundMe, at the event, in the raffle and silent art auction! Also big shout out to all of the groms (Eli, Garnett, Leonardo, Willy, Finn, July & more) that helped us set up the event, sell raffles and shredded, and especially Weston for this radical micro documentary he made with everyone.
Thanks to the skaters that have been here since the beginning, the ones that made things happen, set an example, worked for their community and galvanized action. A massive loving thanks to all!!
Ty & Blair
(Really hoping we didn't forget anyone in here...if we did, we'll give you double shaka thanks next time!)
We'll be posting a longer update and thanks, along with the micro documentary that some of the local groms made and we screened later that evening.
Ty & Blair