Talent Skatepark @ ArtsRiot!

Talent Skatepark Kick-Off & Reunion w/ Rough Francis

Saturday, January 12, 2019

An idea was born: reopen Talent Skatepark as a nonprofit. The group found a new spot off Industrial Parkway in Burlington but all their ramps and equipment had already been sold.

“We are going to have to start as if we had nothing,” Deene Wood said.

While the nonprofit is up and running, there are still a few details that need to be worked out, including which part of the building on the Burton campus the park will actually be located in. She says that will determine how much money they need to raise.

“Two-hundred-thousand dollars to get the whole place built,” Deene Wood said.

It’s a large number but she’s hopeful the new year will bring back old supporters.

“As the snow starts to come and people can’t skate outside, they’re going to say, ‘Oh, I wish, I wish that Talent was open,'” Deene Wood said.
Her New Year’s resolution is that they won’t have to say that for more than one winter. If fundraising goes well, she hopes to reopen Talent Skatepark this summer.

Its fundraising kickoff is coming up Jan. 12, 5:30-11 p.m. at Arts Riot. There will be music, a comedy show and an unveiling of the new park’s design.