Evansville, Indiana has a rich, vibrant and diverse skate and biking community that spans many age, demographic and social backgrounds. Skating and biking have provided many in the community with life-long friendships and this new skatepark will be a safe gathering space to get together, be active and create an even larger community with younger generations.
We NEED, and will give to give the youth of Evansville and Southwest Indiana, a FREE activity for our youth that reduces illicit behavior, encourages a healthy lifestyle, camaraderie, a strong sense of community pride, mental health benefits, and a safe, active, accessible space for all... and now we will have one on the Evansville Riverfront!!
Sunset Skatepark will be the only concrete skatepark in Southwest Indiana. Evansville lags behind other Hoosier cities like New Albany, Hammond, Terre Haute, Seymour, Lafayette, Kokomo, Richmond that already have concrete skateparks. SSP will replace a metal structure skatepark built in 2001 along the Greenway Trail in Lamasco Park. This skatepark met its lifespan within ten years. With metal connectors broken, shaky structural supports, and amateur repair attempts, the site is now all but closed, stripping our skating community of a safe, appropriate space to skate and build community.
The project will benefit underserved Evansville area youth and young adult skaters , especially those residing in Evansville’s federally-designated Promise Zone. Promise Zones are high poverty areas in which local and federal government partners work to leverage private investment to improve economic activity, public health, and educational opportunities, and to reduce violent crime.
Formal meetings, vision sessions, social media queries held over the last three years have also focused a strong desire to create the reality of SSP. Skateboarders, inline skaters, BMX cyclists and other skatepark fans have taken part in developing plans. All in all, more than 500 skaters ranging in age from 16 to 55; students and adult enthusiasts; urban, rural and regional, have or will have taken part in project development and fundraising.
We are almost 70% funded and plan to start construction in 2021! Can you help us get to our goal?!
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Our current park, Lamasco, during a recent Sunset Skatepark Fundraiser.