Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Go Skateboarding Day!

Here's a few pictures from today's "Go Skateboarding Day" event. Everyone gathered at the proposed site for the skatepark project (on Oak Avenue) proudly wearing the "support" shirts. Those who brought their skateboards cruised down the rail trail to Tamarack and over to Hensley's.

If you couldn't skate with us today, mark June 21 on your calendar for next year. This was our first one and it's only going to get bigger and better.
Thanks to everyone who could make it out. Keep spreading the support!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June 7 meeting recap

A bunch of new - and awesome - people joined us at our past leadership committee meeting. Enthusiasm for this project keeps on growing, and we've got a lot of talented people on board.

Here's a quick recap of our last meeting:
- we're looking at an August or Sept. competition date. We'll be using this week to figure out a venue and narrow down a few more details before anything is set in stone. Hopefully after our next meeting, we can announce more information.
- a donor letter is in the process of being drafted. We need money asap to secure a space on State St. for now, and this is the most efficient way to do it. We will need volunteers to distribute the letters once they are completed.
- June 21st is "Go Skateboarding Day," so we threw out some potential ideas to celebrate and bring awareness to our cause. Tentative plans include a "flash mob" and site clean up by anyone who wants to join.
- the Carlsbad Village Art Academy is on board and ready to get some classes going that will eventually become part of the skate museum project.

These are just a few of the main points we covered. We're using the time until our next meeting on June 14 to form more concrete plans, and hopefully we'll have more news come next week. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Recent Updates

Hi all,

As we wait to meet with the city, we've formed a Leadership Committee that will continue to work and keep momentum going for this project. The committee has split up into smaller groups that will start working on several different goals for the museum/skate park concept.

The groups are:
- Education
- Fundraising
- Volunteerism
- Pro Am (organizing some sort of competition over the summer to raise awareness)

When we finalize the details on the groups, we'll send out a call for help to get extra hands on whatever projects need it. Keep checking back for more details on the groups and help where you can!

Now that we're moving forward, we need a name and a logo! Head to the Facebook page to learn all the details about how YOUR design could become the face of the project. If you're a designer, you do not want to miss out on this opportunity!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

City Council Meeting

Thanks to everyone who came out to last night's City Council meeting! There was well over 100 supporters in the audience and it was obvious to the council that this is an important project to the community.

As we continue to make strides on the proposal and work with the city, it's unclear as to when our next meeting will be. We'll keep everyone posted both on here and through Facebook. Keep checking back for more information as we hope to have some news as soon as possible!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Last Meeting

Hey all,

Tonight is our last gathering before we present to City Council next Tuesday! We'll be meeting at Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub, 850 Tamarack Ave, at 6pm. More "support" shirts were printed so this is a prime opportunity to grab yours before the council meeting. (Shirts will also be at Senor Grubby's and the Carlsbad Village Association if you can't make it tonight.)

We'll do a run through of the project proposal to take questions and comments tonight. If anyone needs help or ideas with their public comment speech, we'll be happy to assist.

We will also be taking our last collection of petitions and support letters for the project. Please don't forget to bring them along, as we want as many signatures as possible to show the council that the community NEEDS this project!

See you tonight!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

We got t-shirts!

WE GOT T-SHIRTS! We passed them out at tonight's meeting and they look fantastic. A HUGE thank you to Nancy and Joey of Life's Rad for getting the shirts made. The goal is to have City Council packed with supporters wearing these awesome shirts on April 27!

Come to the next meeting to grab one for yourself, or stop by Senor Grubby's or the Carlsbad Village Association office before then. We're asking for a small donation so give what you can and show your support!

Just a head's up - there's room on the back of the shirts for sponsorships. Contact or stop by Senor Grubby's to talk to Justin about the details. Let everyone know that your business wants to see this project happen!
There's a change of location for next week's meeting, we'll see you guys at Hensley's on April 22nd at 6pm. Wear your shirts!

Friday, April 2, 2010

April 1, 2010 Meeting Update

After a two-week hiatus, museum supporters packed the back room of Senor Grubby's to offer suggestions and comments on what has been proposed so far. Local legend Matt Hensley has pledged to help in any way he can, because he wants to see a skateboard in Carlsbad done and done right. Kimberly Kunhs and C.C. Hafner of the Tony Hawk Foundation stopped by as well to see the progress we've made as a group.
Last night's attendees were treated to the first look at a more developed design for the park. Mike McIntyre of ASD (who has very graciously donated his time for the renderings) gave us a sneak peak of what he has envisioned for the park so far and asked for suggestions/comments. We got some great feedback and as we continue to meet every week, we'll be working to integrate suggestions into the design!

Please don't forget that we still need letters of support from EVERYONE. Letters from local business owners, church leaders, people in the skateboarding industry - pretty much anyone that has an interest in skateboarding and the youth of Carlsbad - will help us show City Council that the community WANTS this project. If you or someone you know fits this criteria, have them write a support letter and send it to (If you need help deciding what to write, there are sample letters on the Facebook page under 'Discussion.')

We also don't want people to forget about signing our petition for the museum. We've had some local business owners and community members turn in page after page of signatures and we couldn't be more excited. If you know someone out of state who wants to sign, send them to our online petition! Keep the signatures coming, every show of support will make City Council see that this is an important project for everyone, not just skateboarders. (If anyone needs the template for the petition to place at a business or take around town, email and you'll be sent one asap!)
Don't forget to mention the museum when you order from Carlsbad's Paradise Pizza! Owner and skateboarder Mychal Dourson has graciously offered to donate 10% of orders mentioning the museum to the fund. He got the collection rolling with an initial $2.50, so keep going back for more pies to help the museum idea become a reality!

Friday, March 19, 2010

New way to donate - AND have an awesome meal - Carlsbad's Paradise Pizza

Go into Carlsbad's Paradise Pizza, 2564 State Street, #F, Carlsbad, CA 92008, 760-845-1716
and mention the Skate Museum and Mychal Dourson, the owner (and skater- seriously, he just skated to my office!) will donate 10% of your order to the Skate Museum Fund!!! How's that for support.

I sense that we'll see a whole lot more restaurants coming on board to do the same in the near future!

Meeting update from 3/18

We can't stress enough how important it is for everyone to lend their voices to this project. We had a smaller group at the meeting last night, but we've got a lot of ways that people can help out even if they aren't in the area. Keep reading for details of the meeting and how you can get involved...

Some of the project details that we covered included:
  • securing transportation routes to/from the park that are safe for skateboarders
  • possibly renting out space to a skate shop to have trucks, wheels, etc. on site
  • there WILL be security at the park, but not to police the skaters
We had several questions asked at last night's meeting that we look forward to confirming before the next meeting:
  • what will the museum entry fee be?
  • will there be different rates for residents/non-residents to skate the park?
  • should helmets and pads or just helmets be mandatory?
One of most important aspects of the upcoming proposal is to show City Council that the community supports it. If you or anyone you know is a Carlsbad business owner, group organizer, church leader, PTA member, etc., ask them to write a letter in support of the project! Letters can be mailed to the CVA office or emailed to or

If you haven't already, make sure you sign the online petition! We want to get as many signatures as possible and this is a great way to let those out-of-towners show their support for the project:

There is a PayPal account where people can make a tax deductible donation to the non-profit project. If we can get everyone to donate $5, $25 or even $100, we'll be able to solidify the presentation for City Council without a problem.

Carlsbad Village's ArtWalk is next Thursday so the next meeting will be April 1 at 6pm. See you there!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Updates from meeting on March 11

We had the largest turn out yet at last night's meeting! More than 30 people came out to support a future Carlsbad Village Skateboarding Museum and Action Arts Center. Let's keep the momentum going and get more people involved every week!

If you haven't already, become a fan of the museum on Facebook and follow the updates posted on the CarlsbadSkate Twitter. Tell all your friends to join as well!

In other news, skateboarding legends have been posting memories and photos from the original Carlsbad skatepark built in the 70s on the Facebook page. Get behind this project so today's youth can create those same memories that will last for years to come!

A photo from the first day Carlsbad Skate Park was ridden by Lance Smith, Gary Coccaro and John O'Malley. (courtesy of John O'Malley)

Skateboarder Bob Staton remembers: "I was the first in line on opening day, the first paying customer into the big bowl. I went left around the wall, the guy behind me went right around the wall. We hooked up head on in the middle and became the first accident in skate park history."

As more people get behind the project and share their memories, we're sure to hear more gems like this. Tell everyone you know about the Carlsbad Village Skateboarding Museum and Action Arts Center!

"It's not just for skateboarders, it's for artists too. This is to encompass the whole culture of skateboarding." - Justin Jachura

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Skateboard museum fans look to council

CARLSBAD — Advocates for the Carlsbad Skateboarding Museum and Action Art Center are making plenty of progress on their proposal as they continue to receive support for the project.

Since the Carlsbad Village Association, or CVA, announced the proposed center, they have received pledges of support from a range of people willing to throw their weight behind the project. The proposal includes a skate park, skateboarding museum, an education center and an interactive arts facility that must be approved by City Council.

“It’s not going to be an easy fight, but that’s why I’m here,” said local skateboarding legend John Hughes, who helped hand finish the first Carlsbad skate park in the 1970s, at the March 4 meeting about the museum.

Robin Young, executive director of the CVA and the driving force behind the project, has been working closely with the Tony Hawk Foundation to learn everything there is to know about opening a skate park. Young is also collaborating with Mike McIntyre of ACTION Sport Development to create renderings for the park that will potentially be housed at Carlsbad’s Oak Street maintenance yard.

“The plan is for the city to hopefully rent the land to the organization for a small fee so that the CVA can use their resources to fund the facility,” Young said.

Project supporters strongly believe that this project will be a great addition to the community because of the positive impact it will have on Carlsbad’s youth. The center incorporates aspects of skateboarding that will draw kids of all ages and could help them see a career path into the skateboarding industry, Young said.

“We have the ability to let kids be creative and I think that is something that outdoes anything else,” City Council candidate Jon Wantz said.

As Young puts the finishing touches on the project proposal, McIntyre will finalize the site map and renderings for the park to be shown to City Council. Young is expecting to deliver the proposal at a city council meeting as early as mid-March.

“We have to remain 100 percent positive,” Wantz said. “A lot of things are changing in Carlsbad.”

Other project advocates will continue to focus on spreading the word and gathering support from Carlsbad Village merchants, skateboarders and the community. The museum already has a large following on Facebook and Twitter.

“People will do anything for kids,” said Hughes, citing a number of other area skateboarders that would be interested in helping the project. “You’ll find people will come out of the woodwork for them.”

Follow along with the proposed skateboarding museum’s progress on their official blog at

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Meeting time set

Okay everyone. SkateBoarding Museum and Action Art Center, super supporter, Justin Jachura has offered his restaurant Senor Grubby's as our permanent meeting place for commitee meetings. Going forward; we will meet every Thursday night (except the last Thursday of the month) beginning at 5:30 pm in the back room of Senor Grubby's.

At our next meeting, we will be discussing how to gain community support, dispel myths about violence, drug use and gang activity at skate parks.

I'll also have an updated proposal for the city and an update on my meeting with Mike McIntyre.

Hope to see you at Senor Grubby's Thursday Night! 377 Carlsbad Village Drive

The project continues to gain momentum

Last week was a very good week. The feature article in The Coast News by Alyx Sariol (see below) appeared on the internet on Tuesday and calls began coming in to the CVA office. More support from the skateboarding business community than I had even hoped for came.

Wednesday afternoon, I got a call from Desiree Astorga, local artist-photographer-journalist-skateboarder- curator-fundraiser (I adore multi-hyphenated people) and we had a great talk about the project and her involvement in it. We've found a great partner in her for this project and I am really excited to have her on board.

One of the things we most needed was renderings of the site and I wasn't sure to begin. As I was inundated with Thursdays on the Coast duties, I hadn't really had time to research who to call. Thursday afternoon I received a call from Mike McIntyre, President, RLA, ACTION Sport Development, LLC.  offering his services and massive knowledge to help us with site mapping and renderings. Talk about getting exactly what you asked for...this was like the universe opening up and raining down million dollar checks! We're meeting next week to go over the site and proposal as it stands and Mike's going to help us get it ready for the masses. This is exciting stuff!

On Friday, I received yet another call from TransWorld Magazine who interviewed me for a news wire they were putting together on the project. We've gone global!

I grew up in an era when my sports heroes were baseball and football stars. As I grew up I saw these sports deteriorate as they became driven by money and sponsorship dollars. I cringed the first time I heard a professional athlete who earned upwards of 20 million dollars a year charge a kid $20 for an autograph or refuse a kid because he didn't have the right trading card or the right ball. I've seen the light of a small child's face go from bright to sullen and defeated in one lousy sentence. I've heard professional athletes say on national TV "I'm not a role-model." (Sorry, honey you are, and for your multi-million dollar contract, you better start acting like it).

What I've seen and heard from the Skateboarding community over and over again over the last month is, "I want to give back." "It's all about the kids." My faith is restored in the ideal that professional athletes do take their gifts and talents and share them with an open heart with the community and they do it for future generations. I've been really impressed and it's made me even more resolved in working to make this project a reality. Please get involved and help us pull together the people and the money that will make this dream a reality.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Feature Article in The Coast News

Skateboard museum proposed for Carlsbad
by Alyx Sariol
CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Village Association, or CVA, has big plans to recognize the city’s wealth of skateboarding history.

In just six short weeks, the CVA has drafted a proposal for the first ever nonprofit Skateboarding Museum and Active Arts Center. Using pre-existing structures slated for redevelopment, they hope to create a skateboarding oasis for Carlsbad’s youth, adults and tourists to enjoy.

“I think this concept is huge,” said project advocate Justin Jachura, co-founder of Carlsbad’s Senor Grubby’s.

While Carlsbad is internationally known for coining the phrase “skate park” in the 1970s, this new development could bring even more attention to the history of skateboarding in North County. Four buildings at the Oak Street maintenance yard serve as the ideal location for this facility, which would feature an art gallery, media center and small-scale street skate park.

“It’s a really good usage of this property,” said Robin Young, executive director of the CVA. “There’s not a whole lot of work involved to get (the buildings) looking really cool and urban.”

Two of the main buildings would become a museum and gallery with curated shows and traveling exhibitions. These displays would mainly focus on the history and culture of skateboarding, Young said.

A central building would include an Education Center, which could host classes and demonstrations on all things skateboarding. This area would also be utilized to host drug and alcohol prevention courses, encouraging a healthy lifestyle for the city’s youth, Young said.

“(Kids) want to feel like they’re engaged in their community,” Young said. “We can give them opportunities to do things in a positive way.”

What sets this project apart from other skateboarding facilities is the proposed Active Arts Center. A final building would feature video cameras, computers and software programs for those interested in filming and photographing skateboarders to hone their skills, Young said.

“This is a specific youth art demographic that’s being neglected by the city,” said Jachura, highlighting the importance of such a facility.

The concept has also been recognized as a way to boost tourism and sales revenue in the Village area. Ideally, while kids head off to the park, parents will peruse the local shops and restaurants, Young said.

Although the proposal is still in the beginning stages, Young has already received positive feedback from the skateboarding, business and art communities. The CVA is working with established organizations, including the Tony Hawk Foundation, and using residents’ feedback to finalize a design most appropriate for the city’s needs.

The CVA is currently racing against the clock to put the finishing touches on the project, as they are expected to present a comprehensive look at the museum and arts facility to Carlsbad’s City Council by mid-March.

“The only problem that I can see is that it’s not going to be big enough,” Jachura said.

To learn more about the proposed project and to find out how to get involved, contact Young at (760) 434-2553 or visit

Friday, February 12, 2010

New Meeting Time set

For all those interested in bringing a Skateboarding Museum, Skatepark and Urban Art Center to Carlsbad Village please attend our committee meeting on:

Thursday, February 18
 5:30 pm
Senor Grubby's
377 Carlsbad Village Drive

We are hoping our new meeting time will make it easier for people to attend. This project is going to take a lot of people willing to roll up their sleeves and get out into the community. So help us get the word out and lets make this happen.

Bring your ideas, your positive energy and a few friends!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What do you think

Since we're still in the early stages of this project, we would like your input. Read the post below and give us any feedback you have. Are we missing any elements? Are we trying to do too much, not enough. Let us know if you want to get involved in a real way and support the project. This is a grassroots movement and we need real community involvement!

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Our initial proposal to the City staff

Recently the Carlsbad Village Association has been developing an idea to convert the Oak Street maintenance yard into the world’s first Non-Profit Skateboard Museum and Urban Art Center.

The idea is a multi-faceted one meant to engage our youth population, their parents and tourists from around the country to Experience the history of Carlsbad in a new way. Through a collaboration of the skateboarding culture and the emerging art movement, this museum complex will be catalyst for community growth in the south state street region and the city at large. This unique and one of a kind museum will work to invigorate the Village, boost tourism, increase the tax base and bring international recognition to Carlsbad, all with no investment from the City of Carlsbad.

Why a Skate Museum & Urban Art?

Carlsbad was the home of the world’s first skate park which was built in 1976, near the former Carlsbad Raceway. The term “skate park” was literally coined in Carlsbad. Our city’s place in the history of the skateboarding culture is literally cemented.  Because of this, Carlsbad, and the Tri-City area is home to many professional and semi-professional skaters, media outlets and skate-related manufacturers. Because Carlsbad is at the epicenter of the skateboarding world, a museum dedicated to its history and art seems an obvious fit.

After just a few preliminary conversations and phone calls we have seen a huge amount of community support for the idea. Already we have the interest and a show of support from the Tony Hawk Foundation which has raised over 3 million dollars to fund skate parks in low income areas. We believe that there would be great financial support for this project from the private donors and local corporate sponsors. The excitement at the prospect of this idea is electric and calls of support are coming in with little solicitation.

Site View

Based on the current layout of the space, we see the usage of the space, with no build-out whatsoever, could accommodate the following uses:

•    2 Buildings (Main Building facing Oak and the central building to the east of the property) would serve as the museum; home to curated shows, which would focus on the history and culture of skateboarding.
•    Central building would serve as the Education and Learning Center
•    Building in far south end would serve as an Urban Arts Center
•    Remaining lots would be used to create a mini-skate park


In the first 3 years we plan to accomplish the following:       
•    Establish a permanent collection of skateboarding memorabilia, focusing initially on the role of Carlsbad in the industry and culture
•    Curate  4-6 travelling shows showcasing the History of Skateboarding
•    Create an Urban Art Center, with teaching artists, traveling Urban Art shows, and feature shows of professional urban artists
•    Create an educational program which would provide courses in Safety, the business of skateboarding, lessons with pros and semi-pros, sports photography, graphic design, etc.
•    Create a series of monthly youth oriented activities to engage our local kids in safe, community interaction (i.e. Movie nights, Community Skate Days, Meet the Pros, tournaments, concerts, etc.)
•    Open the museum complex to tourists 6 days a week Tuesday - Sunday

Potential Partners

In discussing how this project could serve and be served by this community, we believe that a public/private partnership is paramount to its success. We see as potential partners, first and foremost, the City of Carlsbad, Housing and Redevelopment, Cultural Arts Office, and Parks and Recreation. We also see great potential with groups such as Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, The Senior Center, Barrio leadership, VisitCarlsbad, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce as well as local businesses that will benefit from the increased population in the Village.

Private partnerships with skateboarding industry leaders will fund the initial project. With support of non-profit groups like The Tony Hawk Foundation and Tri-City based industry leaders, we believe we will be able to raise the needed funds to support the initial build-out and operational costs.

Why this location and why now?

Over the course of the past several years the topics of a Village skate park, a Skateboard Museum, and an art and entertainment center, have been discussed many times and in many different groups. It seems to us that the time has come and we may actually have the perfect location in the Village.

The Oak Street yard offers many amenities that seem to be perfect for this type of project.  Existing buildings that can be kept intact and with minor capital improvements can accommodate a plethora of activities. The lot itself is large enough to house a small but effective skate venue, which while in the Village area, will be off major thoroughfares and prevent illegal skating activity on the streets of Carlsbad Village. Set in a largely industrial part of the Village and next to the train tracks eliminates residential noise complaints.

With the pending Safety Center expansion, the current skate park will, in the near future, be closed. Parks and Recreation is currently looking for a new location for a skate park and has until now been able to find an adequate location in the Village. We believe this location may be the answer.

The Village and Beyond

The skateboarding culture is so much a part of Carlsbad’s history and the Village is a central location for skaters to gather. Without a proper place to practice and hone their skills they often take to the street, even with the threat of citations. This is problematic to business in the Village, however providing a skate park would take the kids off the street, bring their parents to the Village to shop, eat, and maybe even catch a play. All of which support business in the Village.

Another positive offshoot from this project is the effect it could have on tourism. With national media outlets such as ESPN and Fuel TV eager to air interesting stories on Skateboarding, local professionals we spoke to all agree the national media would be exceptionally excited about a Skateboarding Museum in Carlsbad.

On a personal note, I am very excited about this idea and hope that you will consider these initial proposals as you plan the conversion of the Oak Street property.
As you go forward I would love the opportunity to attend committee meetings and further discuss this possibility. While the proposal outlined above is in its infancy, I believe that there is a real interest in the community. I have already received unsolicited calls from the Tony Hawk Foundation, and have talked to several people in the art, business and skateboarding community that think this is an exciting and necessary addition to the Village.

Thank you so much for all you do to make the Village a place to Experience. I look forward to our continued partnership.

Best regards,

Robin Young
Executive Director
Carlsbad Village Association