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Sioux Falls Skatepark Association raises over $1.72 million for skatepark

By on May 10, 2022 0

The Sioux Falls Skatepark Association has surpassed its fundraising goal for a new state-of-the-art skatepark, to be built at the corner of 10th Street and Cliff in Nelson Park.

They started with a goal of $500,000 in 2016 when they started talking about a new skatepark.

Today, the SFSA has raised more than $1.72 million in the six months since its appeal, and the Sioux Falls City Council has agreed to contribute up to $800,000, bringing the total funding that the association can use for the $2.5 million skatepark.

Construction of the new park will begin in 2023, and the hope is to be finished before the start of this school year in August.

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Sioux Falls Skatepark Association co-founder Walter Portz shows off children's skateboards during an event celebrating fundraising to build a new skatepark Monday, May 9 at the DaDa Gastropub in downtown Sioux Falls .

“To be able to know that this is going to have such a huge impact in this neighborhood and to know that this is a grassroots effort…it’s very powerful,” said Kacey McCarthy of Maximizing Excellence.

The company partners with non-profit organizations to help them develop and achieve their fundraising goals, which they have done for the SFSA.

“The amount of community support for this project – from individuals to businesses – is almost overwhelming,” said SFSA co-founder Walter Portz. “I had no idea we would get to this place, and it’s so amazing.”

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Walter Portz, co-founder of the Sioux Falls Skatepark Association, thanks community members for their support in raising $1.72 million to build a new skatepark during an event Monday, May 9 at DaDa Gastropub in downtown Sioux Falls.

The new skateboard park will be 30,000 square feet

Its design is meant to mimic the falls of Falls Park, and the all-concrete 30,000-square-foot park will feature pro-style bowls, obstacles, sets of stairs, and other elements.

The SFSA held a party at the DaDa Gastropub in downtown Sioux Falls on Monday to commemorate the achievement, and a crowd of people and children from the community joined in the celebration.

“I really want to learn how to do all the cool tricks and flips in the air and stuff,” said 7-year-old Gabriel Carlson. He said he was excited to learn how to ride a real skateboard rather than just playing skateboard video games, and he can’t wait to get to use the new skatepark.

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Members of the Sioux Falls community attend an event celebrating funds raised to support the Sioux Falls Skatepark Association's new skatepark on Monday, May 9 at the DaDa Gastropub in downtown Sioux Falls.

Alix Johnson, one of the SFSA coordinators, grew up in downtown Sioux Falls and remembers watching her friends as children being kicked out of places where they weren’t allowed to do skateboard.

“It’s cool to see the journey, and it’s amazing to know that kids will be able to be in a safe space without parents having to worry,” she said.

Johnson also talked about how much she loved seeing the support they received from the community and how every donation meant something, like when two young brothers donated money from their lemonade stand for the skatepark.

“It was really sweet,” she said. “And every donation counts.”