Villa Park Skatepark Committee
Committee Chair, Paulina Jimenez [
Mikie Rudyk [
In September 2007 there were rumors of a plan to close the Villa Park skatepark. At the time numerous complaints were being reported of vandalism at the skatepark, including gang activity, graffiti, and loitering. After hearing the news of the plan to close the skatepark a group of 7 teens approached the Villa Park Board of Trustees at the October 15, 2007 meeting. Dillon Schea spoke to the board explaining that other individuals, and not the skaters were the source of the vandalism and other problems that were affecting the skatepark.
Their courage to stand up in front of the Villa Park Board of Trustees to voice their concerns and support to keep the skatepark open paved the way to the formation of the Villa Park skatepark Committee. However, to be taken seriously they, the skaters, had to organize to get out their story and to help keep the skatepark open. With the help of Paulina Jimenez, a tenacious mother of a skater, the first meeting of the Villa Park skatepark Committee was held on November 10 of 2007. At the meeting numerous community officials and skateboarders met to share their ideas of what needed to be accomplished in order to keep the skatepark open.
In less than a year the committee has organized a series of skateboarding and fund-raising events getting the validation and support from the community at large. Presently the committee is committed to see that the construction of a [ State of the Art Public Skatepark Facility ] becomes a reality in Villa Park.
The Villa Park Skatepark Committee and the Villa Park Parks and Recreation Department, want to thank the following companies and community members for their support and donations making our skatepark step closer to reality:
John Pittman | Abel Concrete, Inc.
Preston Rugaard | Villa Park Material
Elmhurst Chicago Stone
Kieft Brothers, Inc.
Jack Stoltz | Stoltz Design
Martin Associates | Landscape Architecture
Gerald Kissner | Soil and Material Consultants
Villa Park Women's Junior Club
Make a Real Impact in our Community!
If you would like to help with this community project please contact
Mikie Rudyk at 630-834-8970
How much will it cost?
How do you figure that a skatepark can be a tourist attraction, boosting Villa Park’s economy?