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In Detroit, building a skateboard art park out of vacant homes and lots

by Ashley C. Woods [April 20, 2012]

In Detroit, building a skateboard art park out of vacant homes and lotsAlongside Detroit's East Davison Freeway, new development has been at a standstill for what seems like forever. But a new plot will recruit dollars from the community, expertise from professional skateboarders, and the work of kids in the neighborhood to build a skate park.

This skateboarding space is designed by Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert (the couple who helped spur on the Juxtapoz Magazine/Power House Productions design installation).

Pro skateboarder Tony Moriana and Thrasher Magazine photographer Joe Brook are two of the guys behind Ride It Sculpture Park. The plans call for transforming a vacant house and four empty lots into a skate park; with some cash from Crowdrise and the help of skateboard professionals and neighborhood teenagers.

So far on Crowdrise.com, a community fundraising site, the group has raised $6,000 out of their $50,000 goal.

Moriana, the pro skateboarder, has spent much of his career building DIY urban skate parks. He says Detroit seems cool because kids can learn to build their own stuff, and it (probably) won't get torn down.

Location: Detroit