The Parrot

The Parrot

THE PARROT

ISSUE # 3

Spring 2021

Hello everybody! Thank you for tuning in to our newsletter. 

We’ll be publishing regularly to keep you up to speed with all things SkateXP, detailing all of our projects and ways that you can get involved.

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Skateparks don’t build themselves

James Kenney Project

After numerous community meetings regarding the design phase of a skate park at James Kenney Park in Berkeley, we gathered on Sunday, March 3rd at the park for a final meeting on the potential designs. From the very beginning skaters have been driving this design process, coming up with the best solution for this space. 

With only about 1500 square feet to work with, it was important to utilize the space efficiently so that it could be accessible to all different skill levels – a place where skaters can learn, practice, or just enjoy skating, 

The “flat ground” design was chosen for its “less is more” design, incorporating a flat bar, a manual pad, and a mini ramp. 

Next steps…with design in hand we will start meeting with representatives of the City of Berkeley, including District 1 council member, Rashi Kesarwani’s office, and Scott Ferris, Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Berkeley.

Bella Vista

We have been working with Friends of Bella Vista Park, Bella Vista Elementary School, Trybe (a Oakland community non profit), and the local DIY skate community to create a vision for the future of skateboarding at Bella Vista Park in Oakland.  

We will be working with Economy Lumber and Skatelite to refurbish some of the obstacles currently in the park.  We are also starting designs for high quality concrete obstacles to be added to the park as permanent structures.

Redwood Heights

Skate XP is working with Redwood Heights Association in Oakland to create a design for their upcoming park renovation

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Berkeley High School PE Waiver Program

Spring Semester

We are very happy and proud of the Berkeley High PE Waiver Program we started this school year. We’ve been able to reach a wide range of students from people who are just starting out to ones who have been skateboarding for a long time. It is important to us that everyone feels welcome and we love how respectful everyone is toward each other. 

If you’re interested in covering  your PE requirements with skateboarding send us an email to info@skatexp.com. Once we have your email we will be able to keep you updated on how and when to sign up. The next sign up will be in September.

Issac’s first drop in

Jackson ollie north tail grab

Hot Doggers

This group of dedicated young skaters has been experiencing the diversity of the Bay Area skateparks from Napa to Milpitas.  

To find out more about the Hot Doggers Contact sean@skatexp.org

Welcome

We are excited to welcome our newest board member Joe Durret life long East Bay skater and founder of Macovuchi designs. Looking forward to working with you Joe!

https://macavuchi.com/

THE PARROT

ISSUE #2

November 2020

Welcome back to the Parrot, and SkateXP news

October was an active month, with the kickoff of our PE waiver program at Berkeley High, a community design conversation for the corner space at James Kenney Park, and the development of Skate Pods for neighborhoods in need of an afternoon skate fix.

In November we will kick off an East Bay skate community virtual hangout, co-hosted with Skate Like A Girl, 510, DLX, Unity, Squang, Rob Skate Academy, MacArthur, K-Dub/FTT, and OIHS student skate club.

Skate Spotters; A community conversation about the Bay Area skate scene

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 7:30 PM

We are on a mission to bring the skate community together to create more skate obstacles, new parks, and to upgrade existing locations across the East Bay.  Come to an hour-long group virtual hangout, co-hosted with Skate Like A Girl, 510, DLX, Unity, Squang, Rob Skate Academy, MacArthur, K-Dub/FTT, and OIHS student skate club. Join us and let us know what you think!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85061707919

Skate Spotters Town Hall

Last month we hosted a virtual meeting with local skateboarders to discuss the upcoming construction of a skate spot at James Kenney Community Center. We are trilled with the engagement we received from the skate community and especially the younger skaters who showed up and shared their thoughts on what would make for the best skate spot at James Kenney. We are so excited for this project and can’t wait to make it reality!

James Kenney Get Together

A few good obstacles, and on September 26th the basketball courts at James Kenney became a temporary skate park.  SkateXP hosted the skate to build momentum for design and construction of a second skate park in Berkeley.  

James Kenney Get Together video

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O7dNyfTwECVrmWqAOsvQXkxK6rEIYkmx/view?usp=sharing

Introducing Neighborhood Skate Pods

Want an opportunity to be out of doors and away from a screen?  Skate XP is creating neighborhood-based Skate Pods as a midday and later afternoon option.  Create your own pod of at least 2 skaters and contact us for weekly pricing and to have an instructor assigned.  Each Pod will go for four weeks.  Pricing  based on number of skaters.  Scholarships available.  If interested, please contact orion@skatexp.org.  Masks required.

Berkeley High School PE Waiver Program

The Berkeley High school PE Waiver program we started this fall semester is going great! We have a wonderfully mixed group of 9th and 10th graders with a wide range of skateboarding ability. It is important to us that everyone feels welcome and our students have been most respectful and gracious with one another. We’re looking forward to the spring semester and hope to reach even more students who would like to cover their PE requirements with skateboarding. Please help us spread the word.

Fee is sliding scale $60-$80/month. Scholarships available.  If you are a BHS student and looking for a spring semester option to fill your PE requirement, please contact info@skatexp.org. Masks required.  Deadline for signup will be early January.

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Building Community Through Skateboarding

THE PARROT

ISSUE #1

September 2020

Hello everybody! Thank you for tuning in to our first newsletter. 

We’ll be publishing regularly to keep you up to speed with all things SkateXP, detailing all of our projects and ways that you can get involved. This week we will be unveiling our P.E. Waiver program at BHS, reviewing our first ever pop-up camp, announcing an exciting skate demo in partnership with the 510 Skate shop Team, Squang Skateboards, and Skate Like a Girl, as well as announcing our brand new Neighborhood Skate Pods program coming soon to a neighborhood near you!

510 Skateshop

Squang

Skate Like A Girl

Demo

September 26, 4:00 PM

Tune into Instagram for live streaming of a demo by the 510 team, Squang team, and Skate Like a Girl skaters.  Produced to build momentum for design and construction of a second skate park in Berkeley.  For more information, see @sk8xp or @510skateshop.

Introducing Neighborhood Skate Pods

Starting this fall

Want an opportunity to be out of doors and away from a screen?  Skate XP is creating neighborhood-based Skate Pods as a midday and later afternoon option.  Pods of 6-8 skaters will gather in different locations for two hours of instruction, twice a week, in small, consistent groups.  Each Pod will go for four weeks.  $200 per four week session.  Scholarships available.  If interested, please contact info@skatexp.org.  Masks required.

BHS P.E. Waiver Program

Skate XP is sponsoring a PE Waiver option for Berkeley High School this fall semester.  Weekly instruction at various locations; meet at Peace Wall Park on Wednesdays.  Fee is $60/month.  If you are a BHS student looking for an option to fill your PE requirement, please contact info@skatexp.org. Masks required. 

Skate Community Zoom Town Hall on Racial Justice

In June, we convened a Zoom conference for community members to discuss the current environment of racial concern, as well as other related issues of inclusion.  There was a broad ranging conversation, and excitement to come together at a time when getting together at the skate park and other skate spots was difficult or impossible.

Pop-up Camp

This July Skate XP designed an intermediate skate camp for four weeks in partnership with East Bay School for Boys.  Covid hygiene, social distancing and masks required.  General coaching and instruction was provided, along with exclusive Zoom conversations with local skating experts and personalities.  More camps will be announced in the future, particularly over school break weeks.

Building Community Through Skateboarding