Talent Skatepark Kick-Off & Reunion with Rough Francis Saturday, January 12, 2019
An idea was born: reopen Talent Skatepark as a nonprofit. The group found a new spot off Industrial Parkway in Burlington but all their ramps and equipment had already been sold.
"We are going to have to start as if we had nothing," Deene Wood said.
While the nonprofit is up and running, there are still a few details that need to be worked out, including which part of the building on the Burton campus the park will actually be located in. She says that will determine how much money they need to raise.
"Two-hundred-thousand dollars to get the whole place built," Deene Wood said.
It's a large number but she's hopeful the new year will bring back old supporters.
"As the snow starts to come and people can't skate outside, they're going to say, 'Oh, I wish, I wish that Talent was open,'" Deene Wood said.
Her New Year's resolution is that they won't have to say that for more than one winter. If fundraising goes well, she hopes to reopen Talent Skatepark this summer.
Its fundraising kickoff is coming up Jan. 12, 5:30-11 p.m. at Arts Riot. There will be music, a comedy show and an unveiling of the new park's design.
Talent Skatepark Makes an Epic Comeback
The local skateboard community mourned when Talent Skatepark and Shop closed its doors this past August after almost 17 years in business. Talent was the largest indoor skatepark and full-service skate shop in northern New England, and when it closed, sad hugs were shared and tributes poured in. So many skaters who knew that Talent had saved their lives wondered how the void could be filled.
That’s when a passionate group of parents, who had seen first-hand how much their children benefited from Talent, came together with a mission to create a reborn Talent. After many productive meetings—and lots of guidance from original owner Hannah Deene Wood—Talent has come back to life as a non-profit organization.
Over the years, skateboarding has provided a path for so many kids who are reluctant to engage in team sports. Skateboarders can fly freely around a skatepark on their own terms without the pressure of team participation. And with the ever-growing intrusion of technology in young people’s daily activities, the critical need to foster more movement and personal interaction in today’s youth has never been higher.
“We weren’t done working within our community,” says Hannah Deene, “but the world changed, and the convenience of online shopping pulled away loyal customers. Regardless, there is still a huge population of skateboarders who need a place to hone their skills, as well as a safe haven that they can consider a second home. We see the Vermont skate community as a family that provides support and inspiration to athletes.”
While we are working hard to create a new Talent Skatepark, it won’t be ready before winter. To keep the hype alive and the enthusiasm growing, we’re thrilled to invite the community to our first Talent Skatepark fundraiser and reunion. Save the date of January 12th for our Talent family reunion at Arts Riot, featuring local favorites Rough Frances and standup comic Richard Bowen.
Tax deductible donations can be made mailed to:
Talent Skatepark, Inc
P.O. Box 4632, Burlington, VT 05406-4632