"The Station" Skatepark is a concrete reality

Posted on March 22, 2017

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Not many people get the opportunity to say they’ve designed a $1 million skatepark for their neighborhood, much less before they’re 21 years old. In Houston, however, a group of local teenagers were determined to get a skatepark in the Gulfton area.

Their dream was simple: to have a nearby park to skate in and connect with other youth and community members. And today, after four years of hardwork, their dream is a concrete reality.

“The Station” Skatepark at Burnett Bayland Park opened on March 18.

Kelsey_13.jpg “I’m feeling spectacular. I’ve never felt this anxiety, happiness and ecstasy at the same time. It’s awesome,” said Cameron Wienman, a student at Bellaire High School and one of the skater visionaries.

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It was late 2012 when the skaters started discussing their idea with District J City Council Member Mike Laster, who connected them to BakerRipley. Ana Mac Naught, Community Developer at Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center, quickly invited them to a meeting to come up with a plan and fundraising initiatives.

The youth group secured $1 million in funding from a variety of sources, including the City of Houston, Council Member Mike Laster’s Service Funds, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Baker Ripley and the Tony Hawk Foundation.

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When we invest in our youth to make our communities stronger, they can do great things. The Gulfton Skatepark is a testament to what happens when young people are empowered and equipped to take action.

A special thanks to everyone who made this possible, great things happen when we work together.

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Photo: Brendan Sanders, Deandre Daniels, Cameron Wienman and Kaitlin Asch.

Visionary skaters: Sanin Dosa, Juan Dunn, Deandre Daniels, Kaitlin Asch, Justin Wiederman, Tony Nguyen, Cameron Wienman, Tony Lin and James Edwards.