Finishing Leeside DIY Skate Park
Unfortunately, on December 3, 2005, Lee was the victim of a fatal shooting outside a Nightclub in downtown Vancouver. Shortly after his death, hundreds of Vancouver skateboarders and friends attended Leeside to hold a memorial at a skatepark that Matasi helped build. Thus coining the park with the name “LEESIDE”
Since then Leeside has experienced numerous ups and downs. From tear down threats, to arson, to numerous volunteer hours spent meeting with city officials, cutting red tape, it’s been the tireless effort of the dedicated Skateboarders and donations that has kept this park alive and growing.
Now, after the countless hours of volunteer work and thousands of dollars in generous donations from Fundraisers and such companies as Emerica shoes, Vans footwear, Anti Social Skate shop, Skull Skates, Krooked Skateboards & Spitfire Wheels, just to name a few, Leeside tunnel is over 60% finished!
But in order to complete our beloved tunnel and cherished memorial, to prove to the city that they weren't wrong to believe that skateparks are an important part of the community and to show that the city didnt make a mistake in entrusting us to build this place up to its full potential, we have to ask for your help.
Help us finish building Leeside, proving to the city that Skateboarding matters and DIY parks are a positive addition to everyone in the community. Help us maintain this special skatepark and artist space. Help us keep Lee's memorial alive! ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING HELPS!!
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"The story about how the place was named isn't quite right. Lee named the spot long before his death. He came up with the idea of a skate park there when he was in high school. I helped him make some of the first ramps in the woodshop at Temp. Over the years after lots of work went into the place, Lee painted a piece with the Leeside name at the north entrance and kept repainting it as it got painted over. It got a boost when at some point around 2000 some film or tv show was shot down there and they left a bunch of ramps they brought in for the shoot, a couple times most of the ramps were burned by some idiots - it was a fledgling project for a long time. At some point, maybe like '03 i think, the city made some kind of declaration of a park there, including officially naming it Leeside. By the time Lee died he'd put like 7 years into building that place up."
My crews trying to start a clothing to support skateboarding. We're shooting for twenty thousand. Once the shops up and going 10% of the profits go towards a skateboard for an unpriveliged kid.
King shit !!!! Fuck yeah
A scene for Deadpool was shot here. I bet Ryan Reynolds would be willing to help out, being a local and all. There has to be a reason why they shot the scene here, i think he's got some emotional connection to the place and since he just made over $10 million from that movie he should be willing to help. Hit him up!