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Press Release from the Villa Park Community Foundation 1-7-2013

 Thanks from the Villa Park Community Foundation

 llinois, VILLA PARK – January 7, 2013. – The Villa Park Community Foundation wants to take this opportunity to thanks and acknowledge the many community members, local small business and organizations that have helped make the Villa Park Skatepark a reality.

  Brought to fruition with the help of donations of material and equipment from local businesses including: Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Company, Rick's Trucking Service, Inc., McCann Industries, Inc., Kieft Brothers, Inc., Belvedire Reinforcing Steel, Aetna Plywood, McAllister Equipment Co., CTS Cement/Rapid Set, Lee’s Foodservice Parts and Repairs, At Your Surface and Lowes.

  The skate park project also received the support from grants including the Walmart Foundation, Global Giving Foundation, Tony Hawk Foundation, United Business Media Foundation, All State Foundation, Pepsi Refresh Foundation, Villa Park Junior Women's Club, Allstate Foundation and the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant (OSLAD).

  “This project will benefit kids and teenagers by providing a safe place to practice their sport, giving them much-needed exercise and a sense of self-esteem. The skatepark will provide a place for kids who aren't attracted to traditional team sports, and a place to express themselves in an individual and athletic manner. Getting kids, particularly at-risk kids, involved in personal and esteem-building activities such as inline skating, BMX bike riding and skateboarding helps build the confidence to do well in other aspects of their lives. There is a sense of identity the skatepark can provide for kids who don’t feel like they fit in elsewhere. “It’s an excellent skate park design and construction and it has something for all skill levels, for skateboards, BMXers, roller bladers and scooter riders.”- said Carrie Osing from The Villa Park Community Foundation.

  The Villa Park Community Foundation will also would like to acknowledge the following people for the support and strong contribution: Odeum Expo Center - Phil Greco and Jon Zaley, Jon & Carrie Osing, Vicki Hass, Juan Salazar, Marni Tews, Katie Kane, Brian Anderson, Rich Biagioli, Elizabeth & Craig Sarver, Sheila and Scott Mitchell, Laurie Lo Coco, Mario Lopez, Joe Lewis, Cris and Larry Poggi, Sharon Nolan, Ben Saver, Barb and Beverley Koslow , Inland Bank - Phil Patel, Michael Anthony Pizza, The Brauer House - Steve Brauer, Speed Pro Imaging, Graphic Arts Printing, Helium - Miguel Mendez, Stoltz Design - Jack Stoltz, Tony Hawk Foundation - Peter Whitley and Lenore Hawk Dale, Kristen Kuhn,  Skaters for Public Skateparks - Carter Dennis, Skate Park Association - Heidi Lemmon, Grindline Skateparks Inc. - Micah Shapiro and Matt Fluegge, Evergreen Skateparks, Inc. - Billy and Catherine Coulon. Paul Del Guidice, Chris Fox, Sarah Small and Patrick Rollens.

 - “It’s an excellent example of what we can accomplish if we work together and an inspiration for other communities to follow” - said Paulina Jimenez, president of The Villa Park Community Foundation.

  The skatepark construction is complete; however, it will not be open until summer due to construction of remaining parts of the park.  You are requested to contact the Villa Park Parks and Recreation Department for further details of completion as the remaining construction project is under their supervision. 

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Photo of the Evergreen Skateparks crew

 

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Buy an engrave brick with your personal name or message and be part of
the history of the Villa Park Skatepark.


Congratulations to the winners at the ROCK 4A PARK Fundraiser!

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Rich Airephix winner of the Original Longboard deck donated by Motiv8 Skateshop
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Rob Kozerski winner of the Loaded Ceviche longboard donated by Motiv8 Skateshop

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Dan Fowler winner of the Fit BMX bike donated by Koslow Cycle


Jonah Osing winner of the Real Skateboard
deck donated by Zumiez
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Roger Bell winner of the Rock University Scholarship donated by Perry's Music

KAnsas_guitarJane Huske winner of the Kansas electric guitar donated by Perry's Music
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Finding Valor Band winner of the $1,000 cash prize at ROCK 4A PARK Fundraiser

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Bloody Mary 
winner of the microphone set and a $100.gift certificate from Perry's Music

 


 

Villa Park Skatepark Project winner of the 10K Pepsi Refresh Grant !

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT. WE COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP.


Tony-Hawk-Foundation 
VILLA PARK , IL – The Villa Park Skatepark project was selected from hundreds of applications the Foundation receives every year for a $10,000.00 Tony Hawk Foundation Grant for the construction of the Villa Park Skatepark. See newspaper article under News & Events.

 

Help make our skatepark a reality!

Please donate today. No amount is too small.
To donate online using Pay Pal, click below.


If you would  like to donate by check or money order, please mail to:

The Villa Park Community Foundation

PO Box  6385

Villa Park, IL 60181


Events and flyers 

Pave the Way
for the
Villa Park  Skatepark
Brick Fundraiser Campaign

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You can help support the Villa Park Skatepark through the "Pave the Way" Brick Fundraiser Campaingn
[order form ]

 

Want make our skatepark a reality?
Come and join us! It’s free and everyone can join regardless of age, gender and race. It takes a lot of work to build a public skatepark and there is strength in numbers.

Or sign-up via our: [ online form ]

We are a grassroot initiative
The Villa Park Skatepark Committtee is providing a unified voice for skaters/bmx bikers and the public, and a partnership with the Villa Park Department of Parks and Recreation, with the common goal to facilitate with the construction of a public skatepark. [ More About us ]
T-shirts
The VP Skatepark Committee t-shirts can be purchased for $10 at the Iowa Community Center. All profits will go towards the construction of the skatepark!