Presentation to Ellicottville Village Board of Trustees, November 18th ELLICOTTVILLE, NY – November 11, 2019 – The Ellicottville Skatepark Committee (SK8EVL) and the Village of Ellicottville have been awarded a $300,000 Built to Play Skatepark Grant to help develop a public skatepark. SK8EVL has been advocating over the past year to rally the community, as…
Before we begin, let’s get something out of the way. If you are of the attitude that skateboarding (and snowboarding, for that matter) consists of shady kids looking for trouble, please get out from the rock you’ve been living under. No longer are these sports — or activities, whichever you’d prefer — anti-establishment, or any of the other preconceived notions society likes to label something different.
The goal to construct a skate park in Ellicottville is about more than just skateboarding, added Brenda Perks. “The skate park will provide a safe, designated place for skateboarders, rollerbladers, BMXers and scooters. It will encourage kids and adults of all ages to get outside and be active,” she said. “Whether you’re an experienced skateboarder or you want to learn, the facility will be open to everyone to use, and at no charge.”
Brenda and Chris Perks were at the Village Board meeting on Monday to discuss the skateboard park they would like to see created in Ellicottville. Trevor Staples accompanied them from the Tony Hawk Foundation, a group that supplies grants and helps communities install skateboard parks throughout the country. Mr. Staples said his group has matching grants available for up to $250,000 and said most concrete skateparks cost $5,000 per square foot to build.