ROSEBUD SKATEPARK DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
The Rosebud Skatepark Development Project began in 2018 to create as many skate-friendly areas on the Rosebud Reservation as possible. It is a collaborative effort between Clay Shank, Jordan Rahn of the Sicangu Youth Program, Serena Harmon of Rosebud Rental, Calvin Rans of Mission Lumber, Linda Garriot of Tree of Life Ministry 501(c)3, Joe Kary of Parmelee, and many others, including volunteer laborers and generous donors that have gifted funding, materials, tools, food, shelter, and/or skateboard equipment to our cause. Wopila to all who have helped make this project what it is today and for any assistance you can lend to its growth and success from here.
We are currently building in Antelope, South Dakota, taking advantage of an existing slab and the skeleton of a deteriorated metal half pipe. Despite complications with our supply chain and social distancing protocols, we've kept momentum through the Spring and created a fun space with a small budget and crew.
We have an attached garden and will continue to raise funds and build here through the summer.
In 2019 we focused on the unused basement foundation behind the old St. Agnes Church in Parmelee, South Dakota.
What was once a neglected area became the reservation's first concrete skatepark, a welcoming space with stair access, surrounding seating, and a concrete fire pit with a grill.
We also made an effort to improve the inside of the nearby church with help from local teens and the Tree of Life Ministry.
Our space in the church basement was one of few skateable areas in South Dakota in January of 2020 and we enjoyed it at extremely cold temperatures.
Though the Parmelee DIY skate area is at a good place in its development, we hope to raise enough money, and make enough of an impact in other communities, that we can continue adding features to both the outdoor and indoor areas here.
We aim to create skate areas for all 20 of the reservation's communities, and continue to extend our outreach to other parts of the world.
Clay has had the privilege to work 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:
Mill Valley CA
If you're inspired by our efforts and would like to get involved, please consider making a donation or spreading the word to a friend.
We have established a fiscal sponsorship with the Tree of Life Ministry 501(c)3 of Mission SD.
If you would like to make a tax-deductable donation to the Rosebud Skatepark Development Project, (currently building in Antelope and looking ahead to the goals we have for the communities of Rosebud, Ideal, Saint Francis, and Soldier Creek South Dakota) please send a check with a specification for "Skatepark Development" and/or "Clay Shank," to:
Tree of Life Ministry
P.O. Box 149 Mission, SD 57555
Federal ID Number 46-0446287
You will receive a receipt for tax purposes.
You can also donate directly to Clay through Venmo, ( @clay_shank ), by clicking the donate button on the bottom of this page (PayPal), or by sending a check to Clay Shank at PO Box 833, Mission SD 57555.
As always we accept donations of new or slightly-used skateboarding equipment for distribution.
Please consider sending skate gear of good quality to Clay Shank at PO Box 833, Mission SD 57555. We'll be sure to make the most of it.
If you have any questions, please visit the contact page or call Clay directly. 415-802-8381
This video was filmed in April of 2018.