Next LSA Meetings
After a long hiatus having kids and enjoying the skatepark, the LSA will be holding monthly meetings again starting in June 2007. Plans and fundraising for the bowl are the next order of business as well as addressing ongoing skatepark maintence and policies. Contact us for more information.
Know Skateboarding Day: Game Of SKATE!
Tech for the Bowl! PSG is holding another Know Skateboarding
Day featuring a Game of SKATE from 6-10pm on Saturday, Aug 13th
at the Lakewood Skatepark to raise money for the bowl. Cash prizes,
product raffles and demo by Kristian Svitak and Triad Skateboards!
Contest is open to all skaters and all ages. Sponsored and unsponsored
divisions on flatground and the 14" ledge. $15 to enter sponsored, $10 unsponsored. Find out more here!
Lakewood Skatepark is now open! Mayor Tom George and Councilman
Ryan Demro presided over the ribbon cutting and Public Square
Group was on hand with a demo and some product raffles. Food
and drinks provided by the Lakewood Skaters Association. About
200 people showed up to celebrate the park opening and try to get
some runs in. Thanks to everyone who came out and to support the
park. Thanks to Mayor George, Lakewood City Council and Lakewood
City Engineers John Kilgore and Bill Corrigan for making this happen!
Check out the photos here.
Lakewood Skatepark Grand Opening - May 13th 4:30pm
Join Mayor Thomas George and Lakewood City Council
today at 4:30pm for Grand Opening and Skate Demo. Food, skate
product raffles and refreshments provided by Lakewood Skaters
Association. Rain or shine, join us at the park and support public
Over $4,000 raised at first Know Skateboarding Day
Public Square Group held it's first "Know Skateboarding Day" as a benefit for the second phase of the Lakewood Skatepark. Over 400 people participated in this first event of it's kind which means it was the biggest Cleveland skateboard event ever! No pro skaters. No big financial backers. Just a good time for a good cause. The most enjoyable event we have seen yet. Check for pictures and photos at knowskateboarding.org.
Almost all the skate elements were completed before the snow hit. The stairs and pyramid are the only two major items to be completed. Once these and the rest of the landscaping and fencing are installed then we could be looking at a early spring Grand Opening. Check out the progress!
Don't Skate till it's ready...
The Skatepark is coming along great but some people have been trying to ride the park before the concrete cures. Until it cures all the way, the concrete will chip and crumble. Please tell everyone you know that skating it before it cures for at least a month will wreck it for everyone! Some stuff looks skateable but it wont be ready to ride till the end of January.
Anyone riding by Lakewood Park will see that the skatepark construction
has finally begun! It will be a few weeks of tearing out the tennis
courts, parking spaces and basketball courts before you see any
work on the skatepark itself. Check back here for more updates!
Cleveland Skateboard Forum / Skate Clinic
The City of Cleveland is holding a discussion forum about a future
Cleveland Skatepark. It is open to skaters, parents, and the public.
The same day PSG will be holding a free skate clinic similar
to the Skate Clinic we held last
Saturday Oct 2nd.
10 am - 1 pm Skateboard Clinic at the Cleveland Skatepark
2 pm - 4 pm - Cleveland Skateboard Forum at the Cleveland Convention
Center. Rm 211 - 500 Lakeside Ave
Bring your ideas and experiences!
Skatepark Bid Awarded!
The skatepark will finally construction in
mid September! F. Buddy
Construction was the lowest bidder. They are a very reputable contractor
based here in Cleveland. However due to the cost of demolition,
there will not be much money left for actual skatepark elements.
Ripping out 4 tennis courts, a parking lot, a basketball court
and huge slab of concrete that underlies all of it has eaten up
a lot of the budgeted amount. And since F. Buddy has had no experience
building transistions, we have made the bowl area a phase two as
before. This means that everything - the stairs, ledges, banks,
gaps, manuals and flat will be built in this phase. So look for
bulldozers at Lakewood Park this month!
Council votes to keep the skatepark!
With over 150 supporters in attendance, Lakewood City Council
unanimously voted to keep the park in Lakewood
Park! They are backing the skatepark plan despite some of their
So that means that the skatepark will go on as planned. We could
see ground breaking as early as late August. For everyone that
made calls to their council members, wrote emails and letters,
or came to the council meetings, thanks on behalf of all the skaters
of Lakewood! Due to your support, the city no longer sees skateboarders
as just a group of wayward kids. Now that the rest of the city
knows what you all have known, the skatepark will be an even
bigger hit with the kids and something of which our whole community
can be proud!
Thanks to City Council and Mayor George for not letting this thing
die. Thanks to Councilman Demro for sticking with this issue for
Lakewood Skatepark Update: Good News and Better News!
Will there ever be a skatepark? Yes. When? Soon. Why? Because
we had to completely redesign the park to fit in the new location.
A small group of influential people and business owners stopped
the skatepark plans as they existed in December. No big deal. We
just had to adjust the plan to fit. But it worked out in the end
because the city has put in $300,000 towards the park and the new
space actually gave us some room to build the new bowl area a lot
that means the whole park will be built in one project - even the
Andy, Mike, Stosh and others have been working on the new design
for the past 4 months and it is finally ready to go out to bid!
Check it out... 6/22/2004
North Coast Skatepark
Cleveland is opening a temporary skatepark down by the Rock Hall
called the "North Coast Skatepark". The Public
Square Group has
organized a demo of local Ams for the dedication but everyone can
skate! Cleveland is interested in building a real skatepark at
some point and has invited skaters to show up, give their input,
skate the park this summer and hopefully a new permenant one can
come out of it.
More Info... 6/12/2004
Public Square Group
This Lakewood project has brought a lot of skaters together to
help in ways that each person is capable. Lots of skaters and parents
from around Northeast Ohio have expressed a need for an "LSA" in
their own towns and neighborhoods. So to help get them involved,
and to allow everyone to work together but at local levels, we
created the Public Square Group to help with skateboard
related events, parks, consulting - you name it. This will also
help bring in others from outside Lakewood to help with our own
"How much longer untill they make the skatepark?" We at the LSA are inundated by this question everyday. Parents and skaters are anxiously awaiting the skatepark and phase one of the construction has been planned for spring. But we are still short of the total estimated cost of the park and the city needs help raising the extra $100,000 needed to complete our design. To help defray the cost of construction, a Recognition Board is being constructed in the skatepark to honor the contributers that helped make this project happen. Click here to see how you can help.
|Donor Decal Contest Winner
Bobby Koestler hit the streets to sell our static cling donor decals on the day we annouced the contest. Over the next few weeks, Bobby estimates that he probably spoke with nearly 100 potential donors. He sold 22 decals thereby raising $220 for the skatepark fund. For his prize, Bobby picked out a complete skateboard donated by Mike and Danielle Masters.
August 9th - The Mosaic/Swiss Grid premiere was a
blast! We had over 240 people show up and we raised over $2,500
for the park. Except for a VCR getting screwed up in between
showings, everything went well. Thanks to the Agora for having
us and helping out at the door and Greg the sound guy for
putting up with our picky sound preferences. The LSA would
like to thank Chris Carter, Tony Heitz, Chris Sullivan, and
Joe Castrucci at DNA Distribution for hooking us up with the
premiere. For anyone that missed it, you can pick up a copy
in stores in the near future. The best all around video of
August 2nd - Our first Lakewood Arts Fest Booth was a huge
success! We held a bake sale and raffle for Gravity Games
Tickets, Gravity Games T-Shirts, and a skateboard deck donated
by West Side Skates.
July 25th, 2003 - Dale Busta and the Busta Family threw a
ramp jam benefit for the Lakewood Skatepark. Donations were
collected from the riders and an impromptu contest was held
on the ramp. But this was no ordinary backyard mini-ramp.
In an effort to save the environment, Dale refused to cut
down a tree to build his ramp. The result is quite interesting.
July 19th, 2003 - We held our first ever Skateboard Clinic
at Harding Middle School parking lot. Despite baseballs raining
down on our heads from the nearby game of "Home Run Derby",
we had a great turnout with about 60 skaters and we raised
over $500 towards the park. Thanks to all who showed up to
help or learn and pay the STEEP $15 for 3 hours. Someday we'll
hold a free one at our new skatepark. Special thanks to our
sponsors: West Side Skates, Schneider's Bike Shop, Village
Boards, Speed Freaks, and Ohio Surf & Skate.
June 28th, 2003 - As the first offcial LSA fundraiser event
of the summer, the Softball Tournament was a grand slam! We
had 7 teams play for what must be the most unique softball
trophies ever. Many others stopped by to watch as skatepark
supporters from around the area spent about 6 hours in typical
double elimination tournament style competition.
has been 10 years
coming and a few months ago there wasn't even a hint of a
design. All we knew was that we had 12,000 sq ft of space
next to the pool. 2 public meetings, 2 trips to council, 2
Wake N Skates (1, 2),
one Skatepark Design Committee and about 30 variations later
we have settled on this design for the Lakewood Skatepark.
If you want to ride this design, pitch-in
and help us raise the money!
|LSA to help at Helmet Saturday
As part of the Department of
Human Services' Helmet Saturday event, the LSA will be holding
a small workshop with young skaters (10 and under) to show
some basic safety tips. Come down to City Hall at 11am on
Saturday, 31st and learn how to:
- Put on helmet/pads/wrist guards
- Stand on the board properly
- Pushing and stepping off
|LSA develops fundraising campaign for the
As a result of our fundraising
meeting on Saturday, May 10th, we are proud to annouce some
super fun events that will be geared toward getting skaters
together and raising money for the new park.
We'll post more information for each one as we get it.
|Rock N Raffle Benefits - all throughout May!
Symposium is holding Friday night Rock shows all through May
to benefit the Lakewood Skatepark Fund. Admission is free
for 21 and older and the LSA will be on hand to raffle of
prizes like decks, backpacks, artwork, gear, and instruments
|Village Board Shop
|West Side Skates
||Black Label Skateboards
||Derek Hess Gallery
||Planet Waves Cables
All shows start at 10pm every Friday in May. For a list of
bands, check the Events Schedule
Hope to see you there!
Meeting brings us one step closer to the final design.
April 1st, 2003 was the second public meeting held by the
Mayor's Office for input on the Lakewood Skatepark Project.
Architects from Brandstetter, Carrol, Zofcin brought designs
based on our initial input from the 1st public meeting held
back in January. This meeting presented the skaters of Lakewood
with 3 different scenarios utilizing the obstacles that we
submitted as well as the site and landscape specs for integration
into the existing space.
N Skate Footage
2nd Wake-N-Skate was a success. We had more people, more pizza
and pop, and more items to raffle off! Now that the weather
is clearing up, this will probably be the last one we hold
indoors for a while. Check the Event
Schedule for new events and sessions.
|City Council Appoints LSA Members to Skate
Monday evening at the Committee of the Whole
meeting, city council voted to create a skate park committee
based on the resolution proposed by Councilman Tom
George. The committee consists of 3 members of city
council and 3 appointed members from outside council. Councilman
George proposed that LSA members Vince
Frantz, Mike Larkey, and
Jason Kucharski be appointed to
the 3 outside positions. The Skate Park committee will serve
to help bring in external sources to the design process and
help with guidance on the various issues that will help make
the Lakewood Skate Park a success. Mayor's Assistant Keith
Benjamin and Director Bill Boag
were both on hand and both expressed their appreciation and
approval for how it has been working with the LSA and it's
members so far. The council voted unanimously to create the
committee and to appoint the 3 outside slots to Vince, Mike,
Premieres "Black Out"
Label premiered their latest skate video "Black
Out" at a few showing's here in Lakewood and at
Rollerworld in Parma. The LSA was on hand to raffle off some
complete skateboards donated by Black
Label. Label Pro Kristian Svitak
flew out from Oceanside, CA to skate with his old home town
friends and fans. He also brought lots of free goodies to
give out at each one. The raffles raised over $350 towards
the LSA! Thanks to everyone that turned out to watch the video,
skate, and support the LSA!
|First Public Meeting Kicks Off the Planning
Cain and Public Works Director Bill
Boag kicked off the skatepark planning phase Saturday,
January 18th with the first of what will most likely be several
planning meetings for the Lakewood Skatepark. Held at the
Women's Club Pavilion, lots of skaters, parents, and community
members showed up to hear what the city has planned and to
give input towards the direction we need to take in making
the skatepark a success. Over 95% of the attendees were already
Bernie Zofcin of Brandstetter,
Carroll, & Zofcin, Inc. is the lead architect and
started the design meeting by getting input from the skaters
on what materials, obstacles, and skill levels need to be
included. The LSA brought the ideas and notes that we had
been compiling from the last several months and presented
them to Mr. Zofcin as a start. We then began to prioritize
the types of obstacles based on what the skaters wanted and
ended with a discussion on operating procedures and rules
& regulations. City engineers Bernie
Madison and Tom Kilgore raised
structural and construction issues and all agreed that an
experienced skatepark contractor will need to handle the concrete
work. We have been actively researching the skatepark design
issues and collecting input from the skaters of Lakewood.
We provided the architect and the city with a short report
of our findings to date. This packet can be found in our Downloads
Watch this site for future updates or sign
up as a member and you will be notified of any new meetings
LSA held its first Wake-N-Skate Session on Saturday, January
11th, 2003. We rented out Rollerworld Skatepark
for our own private session for the skaters of Lakewood. We
held two raffles in which we gave away a ton of gear and hard
goods like decks, trucks, bearings, hardware, etc. - all donated
by AWS, Habitat,
Seek, Black Label,
and Matix. Pizza was donated by
Fountain Pizza and the LSA picked up the drink tab. Over
60 people showed up with about 51 skaters. This was just the
right amount for a good session at Rollerworld. Click the
link below to see the photos and video clips.
Next time you order pizza from Roman Fountain,
be sure and thank them for hooking us up with lunch!
|LSA Goes to City Council and scores a hit!
Our goal with city council was to let them
know who we are and that we are concerned with the current
process that has unfolded for the skatepark. About 30 LSA
members and supporters were in attendance. However, the West
End Development was a hot topic of the night and so we were
forced to wait for a few hours while city council heard comments
regarding that issue. But it was well worth the wait! Board
Member Kim Bezak took the floor
to present our comments and city council was very receptive.
Councilman Thomas George proposed
that a committee regarding the skatepark design/construction
process be formed and to include a representative from our
group to work with the members of the city government for
input and consultation. Director of Public Works, Bill
Boag met with us afterwards to let us know how we can
work with him. He noted that our input is very valuable in
this process and that he has learned a lot so far in speaking
with us. We all agreed that the administration has no experience
with skating and that they really need our support and input.
Now that they are aware of us, they are more than happy to
include us in the process!
Thanks to Ben, Tina, Ted, Alex Bezak, Mike,
Brandon, Mason Fenton, Dave Peachick, Brian Jules, Michelle
Billow, Cathy Frantz, Becky, Ryan, Mike Larkey & Hannah,
Chris, Jason Kucharski and Family, and everyone else that
I forgot (or didn't know their names). Showing up and sticking
it out made a great impression on all involved and it lets
city council know that we are serious about getting this done
|Mayor Cain Hires Architect For Skatepark...
Lakewood City Council has given Mayor Cain
the power to get started on a skatepark for Lakewood as part
of the Lakewood Park Master Plan. While this seems like good
news as far has getting our skatepark going, it is a huge
blow to our efforts as it shows that so far the mayor isn't
interested in working with us for input. The mayor is quoted
in the Lakewood Sun as saying "We hope to get as many
potential users of the park involved to ensure it is something
they will use. - It's their park." Yet the mayor has
made no effort to contact us even after being invited to our
events and meetings. If skater input is valuable, then it
would seem logical to consult with the skaters of Lakewood
in meeting their needs for a skatepark. Here is an article
detailing one such example.
Overall, this is good news for a skatepark in Lakewood as
it is at least getting some attention and some action. It
is good to see that steps have been taken to move ahead. A
community workshop has been scheduled for 10 am to noon Saturday,
January 18, 2003 at the Women's Club Pavilion at Lakewood
Park. This is to gain some input from the skaters to "create
and revise a wish list for the architect to follow".
So now is the time to be determining what we need in a skatepark.
Please use our Contact form to
email your ideas and designs. We will be holding a public
skatepark design meeting at our Wake-N-Skate Session at Rollerworld
in early January. (check the Events
page for dates and times)
|First LSA Meeting Held at Lakewood Library
|Saturday, November 23rd we held our first public
meeting since forming. We had a lot of skaters and parents attend
and collected some valuable input from them. We also held a
small raffle for all the attendees and gave away some skate
gear and stickers. Watch this site for future public meeting
dates and if you would like to attend the next one, just sign
up as a member using our membership form. We need all the help
and input we can get!
|Adkins Printing Donates Printing
|Chuck Adkins, owner of Adkins printing has agreed
to help us get the word out by donating the paper and printing
for our first tri-fold brochure. They turned out great and are
the first what will be many printed materials that the LKWD
Skaters Association will be developing to help raise money for
our cause. A downloadable flyer is available in the Downloads
Community Fest Raffle
our first fundraising event, the LKWD Skaters Association raised
over $400.00 from our booth raffle at the Lakewood Community
Fest on September 7th, 2002. Tickets cost only $1.00 and prizes
included decks, trucks, wheels, t-shirts, stickers, bearings,
and a backpack. Winners for decks were drawn every hour starting
at one and a grand prize drawing was held at 4:45. Prizes where
donated by Alien Workshop, Habitat, Tracker, Orion, DVS, Matix,
and Seek. Upon setting up, we realized one booth wasn't enough
to contain all our material and prizes so we spread out in to
the two neighboring booths. This proved handy as one booth could
shield our skatepark presentation boards form the wind while
the other could serve as our soft-truck trick contest booth.