Friday, June 21, 2013
Last week the Trinidad City Council met, as it does every month. This month's agenda included voting to adopt an addendum to the existing 'no skateboarding' ordinance in Trinidad, CA. This revision would include banning skateboarding at Saunder's Park, the place pictured below:
(The 'no skateboarding' sign was the city's attempt to deter said activity from the site in an effort to relieve the park from any damage to property, particularly memorial benches constructed from redwood.)
Saunder's Park was designed to be used as a space for 'passive recreation', hence the bocce ball court on its northwest end seen here:
(This shot was taken two years ago during Trinidad Art Nights. The skaters were skating on ramps we arranged to have set up, complements of McKinleyville Community Skatepark Organization. They decided to take a break from skating and give bocce ball a try.)
Instead, this is the type of activity that can often be seen at Saunder's Park:
and this . . .
which, brings about this . . .
That's why we're raising this:
(This was the scene when last I emptied the donation bottle at Murphy's. A $20, $10, and $5 dollar bill! WOW!!! People really want this skatepark!!)
Long story short, the council decided to 'table' the agenda item, meaning it was postpone. The majority of individuals in the room that evening felt that if vandalism is the issue, then we should deal with it, rather than discourage our kids from being active and creative. I couldn't agree more. Also, it was decided that two council members will work closely with TSPA on finding a solution to the issue. Together, we will bring our proposal to the council at the August meeting.
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
|The groms invaded the stage at the end of the night. |
Alas, two weeks after the big show, and I've finally got an update . . .
Yep, just like last year, it took me a couple of weeks, but I think things are finally settling down. Kegs have been returned; raffle prizes handed out; 'thank you' cards are getting mailed/passed out; and the money has been deposited in the bank! What's the grand total in our account after raising over $5K in a single night?
Not bad for a small group of people, and dream that seemed unreal two and half years ago. All I have to say is, thank you to each and every one of you who has contributed along the way. Please, enjoy these photos from the event we called, the FUNrazer:
|Mr. Trinidad Art Nights himself, Tim Breed, multitasking.|
|The Shapes. Our friends from Santa Cruz. Thanks for making the trip.|
|The Steel Dragons giving an amazing, and very moving performance.|
|Little folks enjoying mashed potato cones, courtesy of Lighthouse Cafe. |
Note the Seapod artwork displayed behind them!
|The Saplings of Humboldt Roller Derby came up and joined the fun!|
|Happy moms in the kids korner.|
|We had pint glasses printed up with our logo. Hope you got one!|
|One of our favorite local artists, Chuck Johnson, the babe magnet.|
|Bernie, our local Coastie, and grom dad showing some stoke in front of the banner.|
|Rampart provided ramps this year, and they were never empty!|
|ROBI!!! My right arm, my rock, and her mom, and auntie. THANK YOU, ladies!|
|More shreddin' in a 20'x30' space. Thank you Rampart, and Rob for manning the scene.|
|Taj, being Taj.|
|Gayle, and company, dutifully taking your money at the door. Big thanks to you!|
Friday, May 10, 2013
|Trinidad El's lovely librarian, Robi Sclafani, working on one of the 'Thank You' posters with two students on their lunch break, during STAR testing week. Thanks you, ladies.|
Here it comes . . . months in the making . . . We're on the eve of the FUNrazer!
Where to begin? All the hard work everyone has done is starting to show itself. The bands are lined up, some are already set up, and all are ret to go! Marnie and Seapod are stocked up with t-shirts, ready to be stamped with our logo she carved by hand--if you bring your own light colored tee you can get one for only $5! Kids korner is getting set-up this afternoon. The films and projector are set to provide some inspiring eye candy, stage right. Ramps, food, and beer are all arranged and just waiting for pick-up and set-up. The raffle prizes are pouring in. We have so many, and such great items, that we're putting stuff together and making packages. Here's a short rundown of just some of the goods:
- A guided fishing trip on the Klamath
- One night stay at The Lost Whale Inn
- 8 skate decks: Two of them, signed signature series Killing Floor boards; one, a Big Banana Board handmade in Trinidad, CA
- A bike tune-up from Adventure's Edge
- Gift certificates to our favorite places like: The Co-op, Wildberries, Arcata Scoop, The Minor Theater, and the Beachcomber
- Cool clothes for everyone from toddlers to grand-dads
Whew!! Last night, as I was picking up the beautiful Big Banana Board generously donated by Mr. Jon Bickley, I mentioned all of this to he and his friends. One of them put it best when he said, "That's a lot of energy to squeeze into town hall." Sure is!!
One other stop I made yesterday was at the bank, where I deposited some sizable donations: $1000 and $250! TSPA's latest balance now reads $15,074.31--WooHoo!!! After tomorrow's event I hope to see that total rise to close to $20K. We can do it!!!
Much thanks to sponsors and bands: Salty's, Satori, Eureka Skate Shop, UFO8, and the Shapes for boosting us on their social networks; our friend, Tom Sebourn at Bicoastal Media for the long running radio ad on KGOE-AM 1480; and the North Coast Journal and TriCity Weekly for all your help getting the word out.
*It's in the ether. It's in the air. If you can, listen to KHSU-FM 90.5 this afternoon at 1p.m. Rampart Rob, and I, your friend Lisa, will be interviewed live on the Homepage with hostess Danielle Orr.
Once more, the fun is happening tomorrow at Trinidad Town Hall from 5-9.
Once more, the fun is happening tomorrow at Trinidad Town Hall from 5-9.
Friday, April 26, 2013
|Little grom, Elio, poses with a raffle item: A signed Matt Barry Killing Floor board!|
Here we go! It's the final push before the big show. We're almost home, but we've still got some work to do.
May kicks off with a bang! up here in our neck of the woods. See for yourself:
- May 01: Fishing season begins!
- May 03: Trinidad Art Nights season begins! And yes, WE WILL HAVE RAMPS!!! Compliments of Charlie Caldwell, and the McKinleyville Community Skatepark Organization
- May 05: Trinidad's Indie Craft Show at Trinidad Town Hall. Stop on by, TSPA will be there, once again, vending recycled skateboard art. Remember, materials come from donated broken boards, and 100% of all proceeds go towards building our skatepark dream.
- May 09: KHSU's Homepage at 1:00. Listen to a live interview with Lisa from TSPA and Rob from Rampart, as they ramp up the skatepark scene here in Nor Hum, and Saturday night's event!
- May 11: THE BIG SHOW!!!
Come one, come all! Experience Trinidad in its full effect! You'll be glad you did and sad if you didn't! We're still on the hunt for volunteers, so if you're interested, or want to know how to help in any other way, come see me at Art Nights, Fri., May 03. I'll be sittin' with the ramps behind Chervon on the corner of Main and Patricks Point Drive.
See you there!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sorry to post this so late! Yep, there's been lots of fund/awareness raising goin' on up in Humboldt re. skateparks. This here's the latest:
Pints for Nonprofits at Mad River Brewery's Tasting Room--WooHoo!!!
What better way to spend the afternoon, early evening, or evening. Enjoy sunny Blue Lake. Enjoy a pint, or two, or three, of award winning ale. Enjoy the good company of the crew from Rampart and lots of friends. Enjoy yourself! And all the while, you'll be supporting the great cause of helping them raise money to keep Arcata's indoor gem open!