Sunday, December 14, 2014

Proposed Timeline for Final Approval, Bidding, and Construction

In the packet for the December 18, 2014 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) meeting is a proposed timeline for the final stages of the skatepark project, including final approval by the PRAB and City Council (January 2015), construction bidding (March 2015), and construction (May-August 2015). The document can be found here

Monday, November 17, 2014

Benefit Concert and Letter of Support

At the benefit concert for the skatepark held at The Cave at Carleton College on November 8, the Skateboard Coalition brought in $400, which was matched by a generous donor, bringing the proceeds from the night up to $800. 

Today, the Northfield News ran this guest column by Jane McWilliams, who has been a valuable adult advisor to the Coalition since early last year. Jane says:
There are 100 skate parks in Minnesota, from Baudette to Albert Lea. We often hear local citizens say it is high time Northfield had a skate park. If we all contribute to this drive, next summer, in addition to swimmers at Old Memorial Field, there will be skateboarders of all ages, practicing and performing on a state of the art facility.
To join the effort, you can give online here, or send a check made out to "Northfield HCI" (with "skatepark" in the memo line) to: Northfield HCI, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Suite HS 128, Northfield, MN 55057.

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.