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The Flint Skatepark

$1,777 of $8,100 goal

Raised by 25 people in 8 months
I was born and raised just outside of Flint, MI. until I was 19 years old when I moved to Colorado to go to college.  I lived out of state for over 7 years and then I decided that it was time to move back to Flint to be closer to my family.  When I got back to Flint, in March of this year, I was so excited for warmer weather and to go back to the skatepark that I grew up skating at.  I showed up to the skatepark on the first warm day of this spring to find Flint Skatepark in the worst condition I'd ever seen a skatepark in.  There had to be a total of over 30 holes in the ramps, and some of the holes were as big as a basketball.  The cracks in the cement had grown weeds knee high, and trash was scattered all over the place. With my positive attitude I tried my hardest to make the most of it, but it just wasn't the same as it used to be.  Ironically enough, my good friend Dan Wilson had just moved back from living up north for about the same amount of time that I was out west.  Dan wasn't going to stand for this skatepark to be like this so he started a GoFundMe and raised over $1200 in a matter of no time.  We got right to work and started resurfacing the ramps, fixing the holes, pulling the weeds in the cracks and sealing them shut.  The community soon caught on to what we were doing up there and we had people from all walks of life coming up to give us a hand.  This is when the fire in my gut started to really burn.  I saw how much this skatepark meant to so many people and it soon became my life outside of work.  After we got the park in good shape again I began to see all of these kids that I'd never seen before coming up to the park.  I even witnessed a children's birthday party happening at the skatepark after we fixed it and it gave me goosebumps knowing that I helped make this place safe again.  What really hit me was the fact that we had created a space for children, teenagers, and adults to come enjoy and do something productive outside with the community.
This project isn't about me, its for the kids, and its about bringing a community together.  I would love to accept funds as soon as possible so I can get right to work before winter time comes.  Ideally I would like to quit working so much and be able to afford to be at the skatepark building new things, and creating an even more enjoyable space for people to grow and learn.  The money donated will not only buy materials to build things at the skatepark but it will help me buy our community water, healthy food, and help make Flint Skatepark a more positive place to be.  Thank-you for taking your time to read this, and I hope you can find it in your heart to give back to the community because that is one of the most beautiful feelings I've ever felt.
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With the momentum our skate county created at the skatepark this summer the city has contacted us about building a new skatepark. We hosted a public meeting a couple weeks ago and plan to have another meeting within a month to solidify a couple things. I will post on here the date, time, and location of our next meeting as attendance at these meetings are the most important donation right now. I'm currently working on a mini magazine about the history of the Flint skatepark! I'm so proud of everyone in this community and to all of our selfless donors. I'll be in touch! :)
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Currently overloaded with all of the best things! Building a 4 piece beginner set up, organizing a costume skate competition at the skatepark, and planning the future of Flint skatepark so when we meet with the city planner on the 26th I have a vision to share with them. Please feel free to follow me on Facebook and Instagram (NickWelchs) or contact me personally on my cell phone at 8284122201. Much love and thanks for all your support!!!
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I got about 10 of us together last night for a quick pop up pizza party. As the sun is setting even faster, and skateboarders are natural innovators, we pulled our vehicles up to the skatepark to illuminate some ramps until 830. It got me thinking about not moving forward with building like I said in the previous update (waiting to hear from the city), and I'm changing my mind. If I build wooden ramps we can always move them to the new skatepark if the city decides to change the location. Over the next week or so I'll be building 2 new features geared toward more beginner skateboarders. I also mocked up our next cement feature so that when/if we get the go ahead to stay at this location, we can pour it before it gets too cold. It's hard for me to stay stagnant, so I'll be proactive in the meantime. Much love
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We have contacted the city and showed our urgency in getting a new skatepark. They're allegedly having a meeting and then contacting us about what they plan on doing. There has been a lot of speculation about changing the location of the skatepark so I have put a hold on building anything new until we get confirmation on future plans. Hoping to know what our next move with the Flint Skatepark is in a couple weeks!!
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