“Community meetings and public input is critical to the success of any public skatepark. Our goal is to engage the public and get their buy-in on the project,” says Micah Shapiro, Lead Designer at Grindline Skateparks. “This meeting was the place for the public to provide input on what elements should be included in the skatepark."
BUFFALO, NY (June 2, 2015) --- The Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation heard from skateboarders and the Western New York community as it works towards fulfilling its mission of bringing a skatepark to Amherst in honor of Alix Rice. The foundation (ARPPF) hosted a community meeting on June 15th, in Skybox B at the Northtown Center, from 6:00-8:30pm featuring representation from Grindline Skateparks, which has been building parks across the country for 25 years.
July 2011 - a formal request for consideration of a skatepark to Parks & Recreation of Amherst.
December 2011 Meeting with Town of Amherst Recreation Committee to discuss, the different needs and possibilities to make a park possible
February 2012 - Aditional meetings with Town officials to cover risk factors and liabilities.
July 2012 - A Walk 2 Remember Al!x 2012
July 2012- First Rockin' For Rice - Raised $4300
July 2012 - Meeting with Town Recreation officials on possible locations, lighting , webcams, etc.
August 2012- Began, Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation As required by Town of Amherst Officials
August 2012- We met with Town Recreation Officials announced the formation of Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation, Also discussed where income would be covered and addressed budget issues and needs.
September 2012- Went over formal proposal and Town Recreation Officials recommended changes.
October 2012 - The 18th we held the second Rockin' For Rice - $5400 raised
October 2012 -The 20th, Broadway Bomb was held in Alix Rice's memory
November 2012 - Met with Town Recreation members to go over final changes and set a date for the formal power point presentation for the Recreation Committee.
December 2012 - Dead Hearts Reunite to Remember Alix's Birthday - $ 5100 raised
February 2013 - Formal Proposal to Town Recreation Committee of Amherst
March 2013 - Alix Rice Memorial Fundraiser raised $23,000
March 2013 - Approval of Proposal to Town Recreationof Amherst. Unanimously 7-0. Forwarded to the Town Board.
July 2013 - A Walk 2 Remember Al!X 2013
October 2013 - Music is Art - Fundraising
December 2013 - #GivingTuesday
February 2014 - 2nd Annual - Memorial Fundraiser raised $22000
March 2014 - Town of Amherst Approval of Skatepark User Agreement
June 2014 - Chiavetta's - Amherst Lutheran Church
July 2014 - A walk to remember Alix
July 2014 - Sunnking Fundraiser
July 2014 - Old Homes Days
September 2014 - Awarded Tony Hawk Foundation Grant -$7500
December 2014 - NYS ESD Grant - $128888
March 2015 - 3rd Annual Fundraiser - $31000
June 2015 - Town Approves User Agreement
June 2015 - Community Design Meeting
July 2015 - Prelimnary Design Ideas
July 2015 - Old Home Days
August 2015 - Design submitted for review by the Town of Amherst
September 2015 - Music is Art Festival
October 2015 - American Coradius International donates $9550 from dress-down days!!
November 2015 - Modern Disposal Vote
December 2015 - Modern Disposal 1st place awarded.
March 2016 - Designs completed
September 2016 - Music is Art Festival
November 2016 - #GivingTuesday
March 2017 - Annual Basket Raffle - $21000
July 7th 2017 - Ground breaking Ceremony
September 2017 - Music is Art Festival
March 2018 - Sitework and Excavation
April 2018 - Independent Shotcrete on site to begin form work and fine grade.
Independent Shotcrete arrived on site to start the process of forming and fine grading the park in April. Quentin Sprague and his crew arrived accompanied by the last few flurries of April to begin the task of forming all of the ramps and features. More info on Independent Shotcrete can be found here.
We the Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation have been working with the Town of Amherst beginning in 2011. We were formed as a requirement by the Town Recreation Committee and we are 501C3 not-for-profit organization.
We have held numerous fundraisers and opportunities for everyone in the Western New York community and across the nation to get involved. We are currently in the process of building the 10,000 sq. ft. facility with a site A and Site B concept.
We have started construction on phase I and given there are no hurdles to the process we expect completion by Summer of 2018. We had Grindline Skateparks in to do a community meeting in June of 2015. They have designed the concept shown above and we have a second phase in the works.
Independent Shotcrete is on site and arrived April of 2018 to start form work and complete the first phase of the park.
We still have more work to go in regards to the construction phase of this facility.
Listed here you will see a list of our progress and a timeline of events that have gotten us to the point of design. There are still several steps to go to make this skatepark a reality.