A 501 c 3 organization now known as The Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark. Board members include Kristie Brablec, Chris Cassell, Joe Galante, Greg Iddings, Nina Juergens, Diana Kern, Crystle Partington, Jim Reische, Trevor Staples, Eric Wheeler, and Lauren Works.

Community group dedicated to the building of a free, public, concrete skatepark in Ann Arbor. Founded by Dug Song.

The location of the skatepark will be the NW corner of Veterans Memorial Park. Fundraising began in January of 2009, in partnership with the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation; groundbreaking on the Ann Arbor Skatepark is set for August 2013.


In the news

Ann Arbor, Mich. January 23 – The Ann Arbor Skatepark Action Committee proudly presents pro skateboarder Andy Macdonald for a weekend of fundraising events March 12 and 13, 2010. The main event of the weekend will be The Red Belly Boardshop Grinds of March, a family-oriented indoor public skate jam with "street" and halfpipe skateboarding contests held at 704 Airport Plaza on Saturday, March 13, from noon to 6:00 PM.

As it turns out, the skater-politicos we saw on Saturday are not the ones Chronicle readers might be thinking of. Trevor Staples, member of the Ann Arbor Skatepark Action Committee, is also the newly-elected Democratic delegate for Precinct 4 in Ward 5. Trevor was still basking in the glow of his election to this post by dint of his four (possibly five) write-in votes.

The attendees, who filled the small commission room to capacity, ranged in age from 2 to 82. The room filled up slowly, but steadily - it took a full 20 minutes to seat the audience. I had never seen so many children and teenagers manage themselves so respectfully and for such an extended period of time, over an hour, tolerating with uncharacteristic patience the typically glacial progress of meetings of that nature. The speakers, representing three generations, were passionate and eloquent about their desire to place an $850,000 skate park on the campus of Veteran's Memorial Park.