Thursday, October 30, 2014

Public Benefit Concert at The Cave

The Cave at Carleton College is hosting a benefit concert for the Skateboard Coalition on Saturday, November 8. $5 at the door. The line-up of local bands includes The Liberty Orchestra, Pillow Fighting, El Triunfo, Love Surprise, Charley Markson and the Cutters, and Bob Crash. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. All donations to the Coalition made at the concert will be matched by a donor. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

From the Archives: The 2006 Northfield Skate Plaza Proposal

In 2006, the newly-formed Skateboard Coalition compiled a proposal for a skate plaza in Northfield. The proposal includes early drafts of a skatepark design, as well as letters of support from community leaders, including the former Mayor and the former Police Chief. You can look find the proposal here (2.5MB pdf). 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Made a Donation to the Skateboard Coalition

Secure online donations can be made with a credit card through Donations go to Northfield HCI, the Coalition's fiscal agent, but will be designated for the Skateboard Coalition. Donations are tax-deductible. Click HERE to make an online donation.

Some Testimonials

"I believe that Old Memorial Park is an ideal location for the skate park." —Noel Stratmoen, member of the Northfield School Board since 1981

"The skateboard park could not be built on a better place than the Old Memorial Field." —Kenneth Grisim, former commander of the Northfield VFW post

"If we’re going to say you can’t skate in our downtown area, we should provide an area where they can skate...”  —Chief Monte Nelson, Northfield Police Department

"We look forward to seeing the new park go up and the benefits it will bring, not only to the neighborhood, but to the city and its residents as a whole." —Jerry Smith, managing editor, Northfield News

"The time for long discussions about the location of the skateboard park’s permanent home is over. Now is the time for action. Let’s get the project done so the skateboard enthusiasts in this community have a place they can call home." —Jerry Smith, managing editor, Northfield News 

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Skateboard Coalition is Just Food Co-op's Community Partner for August

For the month of August 2014, the Skateboard Coalition will be Just Food Co-op's community partner. What does this mean? It means that if you shop at the co-op, you have the opportunity to round up your total at check-out, and Just Food will donate the difference to the Skateboard Coalition. 

For example, my total today came to $23.19. I rounded up to $24.00, which means that 81¢ will be donated to the Coalition. The more people who round up, the more all of that spare change will add up to. So spread the word and tell your parents, friends, and relatives to shop at Just Food and round up for the Skateboard Coalition. 

Note: If you are paying with a credit or debit card, remember to tell the cashier that you want to round up before you swipe your card, so he or she can enter the rounded up total.

A big Thank You to Just Food Co-op for partnering with the Skateboard Coalition to help bring a skateboard park to Northfield. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Skatepark Benefit Concert and Design Meeting

A lot has happened in the past couple of days. On Sunday, July 27, the Skateboard Coalition hosted a benefit concert at The Key, featuring local acts BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters. The concert was held in the back yard of The Key, with bands setting up on the new stage constructed by Key members.  

Here's a slideshow of photos from the concert.

You can also find the photos here on Flickr.

The Skateboard Coalitions raised $425 on concert admissions and t-shirt sales. At last week's Coalition meeting, we also sent out thank you notes to twelve different contributors who gave a combined total of $450 through in June. We're making good progress on fundraising, but we need to keep the momentum going and pick up the pace if we want to start construction next spring.

The best way to contribute toward the skatepark is to send a check made out to "Northfield HCI" and send it to Northfield HCI, 1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS 128, Northfield, MN 55057 (write "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line). You can also contribute online with a credit card through our page

"This is legit!" Brad Siedlecki, president of Pillar Design Studios, looking at designs drawn by Charley with input from members of the Skateboard Coalition. One original Skateboard Coalition member present at today's meeting with Brad said the meeting left him more stoked about the skateboard park than he'd been in years.

The other exciting development this week was yesterday's meeting with Brad Siedlecki, president of Pillar Design Studios, who was in town to get input from the Skateboard Coalition and neighbors of Old Memorial Park. Brad looked at drawings made by Charley Markson with input from the Coalition, and was impressed with what he saw. He said that in his fourteen years as a professional skatepark designer, Charley's drawings were the best any skateboarder had shown him. The drawings will provide a good starting point for a professional design. 

Brad met with representatives of NESNA in the morning, then sat down with the Coalition from 1:30 to 3:00. From 5:00 to 6:30 pm, he joined assistant city engineer Brian Erickson for a public meeting in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. There was no formal presentation, but members of the public were able to ask Brad and Brian questions about the design and siting of the skateboard park.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Northfield Skateboard Coalition T-Shirt

If you come down to The Key on Sunday for the Concert for the Skateboard Park, you can be one of the first people in town to pick up a stylish Northfield Skateboard Coalition tee. Just $12!