ROSEBUD SKATEPARK DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
The project involves youth and adults in the process of:
1. Construction - Our building process is inclusive and involves many helpers of varying ages and skill levels. Clay Shank is our project manager, an experienced builder with connections to highly-skilled professional craftsmen, who prides himself on the involvement of local helpers, especially youth, during the creation of long-lasting, concrete skateparks.
2. Education - The skills required to build these parks are teachable and applicable to more than skateparks alone. The RSDP’s work program inspires ownership and accountability during the creative process, providing unique skill sets, new skate equipment, and occasionally, monetary reward.
3. Enjoyment - Skating these parks is also educational, inclusive, and notably supportive of physical and mental health. This is the most obvious advantage of investment in these parks. They provide foundations for health and joy for countless people for years, and include not only skate features but seating, edible plant landscapes, and cooking facilities as well.
4. Outreach - Skateparks provide a unique opportunity for unifying communities that are otherwise separated. The exploratory nature of skateboarding has fueled some exciting crossovers between scenes across the state and beyond.
Clay has had the joy of working with some of the best concrete skatepark builders in the business, and has worked as a designer, fundraiser, builder, and general skatepark advocate for projects of all sizes. Here are a few of the projects he's proud to have been a part of outside of South Dakota:
Mill Valley CA
Please come skate and build with us.
If you're inspired by our efforts and would like to make a donation, please do. The easiest way is by finding @clay_shank on Venmo or by sending check or gear to:
PO Box 833
Are you interested in making a tax-deductable donation through our 501c3 non-profit fiscal sponor? Please contact Clay directly to make it happen.
Any other questions or concerns? Need advice concerning your skatepark project? Do you live on Rosebud and want a park in your community? Feel free to reach out.
We filmed this in April of 2018, when the project began.
This was filmed in August of 2020 when Rob, Ty, Rabbit and Mateo visited Rosebud to help build the Antelope Skatepark.
Some more great videos: