Fundraising efforts for a new skatepark in the Village of Medina are now rolling .
The village is one of the recipients of a Built to Play Skatepark Program grant, and has one year to raise $50,000 to $250,000 to receive a matching donation.
The Built to Play program is a collaboration between the Tony Hawk Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and is designed to help build skateparks in Western New York and southern Michigan.
Medina is the only community in New York chosen for this round of grants.
“This is one of, if not the biggest, grant opportunities,” Alex Feig, president of Medina Skate Society, said. “It’s basically doubling every dollar we get.”
Feig says he found out about the grant last April shortly after starting the Medina Skate Society (MSS) in an effort to fix up Medina’s skate park on South Main Street.
“It’s essentially two tennis courts with metal ramps on them,” Feig said. “As soon as I heard about the grant, we started changing our focus “
The Village of Medina and MSS have until March 2020 to raise the money. After that, the goal is to build a new concrete skate park in the current park’s location within 12 months, with a completion date of March 2021.
Though the project is still in its fundraising stages, Feig says the group has plenty of ideas on how to make the park a unique attraction for the village.
“One of the things that hasn’t been done is an outdoor public park that’s covered for the winter months, so that people can come out year-round to skate,” Feig said.
Other ideas involve including a memorial wall, a mural, a wall for rock climbing, and making some of the park accessible for people with disabilities.
The park will not just be for skateboarders, but also for inline skaters, bikes and scooters, Feig said.
Plans for fundraising will include skate jams, basket raffles, and meat raffles. MSS is looking for sponsorships and donations from local companies.
Local nonprofit Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. is acting as a passthrough agency for the skatepark funds.