“Nevertheless, she persisted,” by Lindsey Belzyt, was displayed downtown during the 2019 Deck Art skateboard art competition.

“Nevertheless, she persisted,” by Lindsey Belzyt, was displayed downtown during the 2019 Deck Art skateboard art competition.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Rochester skate park advocacy group holds logo design contest

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published May 14, 2019

 “Gaze,” by Valeria Zozaya, of Rochester Hills, caught the eyes of passers-by during the 2019 Deck Art competition in downtown Rochester May 9-10. A skate park advocacy group has organized a new competition, one for a skate park logo.

“Gaze,” by Valeria Zozaya, of Rochester Hills, caught the eyes of passers-by during the 2019 Deck Art competition in downtown Rochester May 9-10. A skate park advocacy group has organized a new competition, one for a skate park logo.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ROCHESTER — The Greater Rochester Skate Park Leadership Advisory Team, also known as SPLAT, hopes to bring a skate park to downtown Rochester.

SPLAT — which includes former Rochester Mayor Cathy Daldin, South Street Skateshop owners Von and Linda Gallaher, avid skateboarders Henry Marcano and Evan Guzman, and local resident Annalee Paul — has been working on the plans for the skate park since 2012.

The group is hoping to upgrade the current baseball diamond and basketball courts at Jaycee Park by adding the Rochester Municipal Park Active Zone, a skate park with sand volleyball courts, along with picnic and shade areas.

SPLAT is holding a communitywide logo design contest that members say will help the team market the park to potential donors and community members.

Paul said people of all ages are invited to submit their designs on an 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper by 5 p.m. May 24. Entries can either be submitted via email to GRSPSPLAT@gmail.com or in person at South Street Skateshop, 410 S. Main St. in downtown Rochester.  

“We want a logo to represent a community skate park,” Paul said.

SPLAT will judge the entries based on artistic design and relevance and will announce a winner June 14. The winning design will be featured on all Greater Rochester Skate Park communications.

The proposed 22,000-square-foot skate park will cost about $800,000 to design and build, and an additional $5,600 per year to maintain, according to a 2017 estimate by Spohn Ranch Skateparks.

After receiving unanimous approval from the Rochester City Council to move forward with fundraising plans, the group established an account with the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester and officially began fundraising for the park Feb. 28.

“It’s a big task,” said Paul. “We have about $800,000 to raise, but it’s exciting because we’re already starting to see the energy in the community.”

SPLAT has also applied for grants through the Tony Hawk Foundation and is looking into several potential grants through federal, state and local government. Members said maintenance costs will be covered via camps and special programs held throughout the year.

Daldin recently updated the Rochester City Council on SPLAT’s fundraising efforts.

“We’re right on track,” Daldin said. “My next presentation will be after we hand the grants in and get some feedback on those.”

Construction on the skate park will not begin until SPLAT has raised all the funds necessary to complete the project, which members said should take them around three years to secure.  

For more information or to donate, visit www.facebook.com/GRSPSPLAT or email GRSPS PLAT@gmail.com.

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