Medina approves event, sign to promote new skate park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 March 2019 at 11:05 am

MEDINA – The Village Board approved a skate jam at Butts Park and a fund-raising sign that will look like a giant skateboard at Butts Park.

The Medina Skate Society is working to raise money for a new skate park at Butts. The group is up to $22,000 so far. It needs to raise at least $50,000 in the next year to be receive a matching grant from the Tony Hawk & Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. Those organizations have committed to a minimum $50,000 if the community can raise that money by March 2020. The grant goes up to $250,000 in matching funds.

The Medina Skate Society will have a skate jam on June 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. That event was approved by the Village Board earlier this week. The Skate Society also is planning a second skate jam on Sept. 14 from noon to 3 p.m.

Both events will be free to attend and will include demonstrations by local skaters. Food, shirts and stickers will be available and the Skate Society will be accepting donations for the new Skate Park, said Alex Feig, Skate Society president.

He also is working to have a thermometer sign at Butts to let the community know the fund-raising progress. Feig said that sign will resemble a large skateboard. The board gave him permission to put the sign on a fence at Butts Park.

The Skate Society also is accepting donations on-line through a GoFundMe.

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