Rolling towards a high quality skatepark with unique features (perhaps reminiscent of “The Wave”), enthusiastic participants and supporters were thrilled with the first stage of a FUNdraiser event last Thursday. Skaters and BMX-ers (stunt riding on rough ground or over an obstacle course on a bicycle) competed for prizes at the skatepark behind the old Middle School. The FUNdraiser to “Keep it Rolling” was held in need of a new skatepark. Prizes for competition winners were donated by local businesses Dukes, Kanab Drug, Subway and True Value.  

The BMX competition winners were: Tyrel Little (1st), Colton Christensen (2nd), and Clancy Chatwin (3rd). Winners of the skateboard competition were:  Brian Cunningham (1st), Hunter Cram (2nd), and Brandon White (3rd).

Students worked hard with KHS art teacher Joshua Baird to prepare the cafeteria walls for the evening Art Show FUNdraiser; painting walls and displaying dozens of pieces of skateboard art created by KHS and Valley art students.   

There were designs for skateboard decks, animal cartoons of students by Kaden Brinkerhoff and  assistance of several students, beautifully painted wooden skateboard decks, photos by student photographer Lyndsey Bartlett, and more.

The Art Show bustled with activity as over 100 people crowded into the cafeteria to bid on artwork and buy raffle tickets for a quilt donated by the Raising Kane Quilt Guild and longboards donated by the Utah National Guard.  

Many signed a huge thank-you card for Tony Hawk who gave a $5000 grant to buy helmets. Snacks, sodas and a chocolate skateboard cake crafted by Lyndsey Bartlett were enjoyed. Over $700 was raised to add to the FUNd.

The students dedicated to make a new skatepark a reality, are an impressive team of competent, visionary, talented enthusiasts. They not only bring their well-honed skateboarding and riding talent, but their architectural and website design, photography, and presentation skills.  They are motivated, hard-working, incredibly physically fit individuals who enjoy a sport usually self-supported and self-organized -- quite different from our other community sports. The adults on the skateboard park development team are devoted to providing support and guidance.

The new skatepark is about 30 percent funded through the hard work of students to raise funds directly, and to obtain grants and city/county contributions. Fundraising will continue. Ideally, a new skatepark would become a reality in 2015. 

In the meantime, the 14-year-old wooden skatepark will continue to be “band-aided,” despite its rickety reputation and poor location.

The team motto is,  “Can’t Ride Without You!”  If you want to learn more and consider helping, visit the skatepark website at www.kanabskatepark.org.