SKATEPARK FOR MILES CITY!!!!!!!??????
Posted by I RIDE IN THE STREET (+17) 9 years ago
How about all of us get together and get a SKATEPARK?

If you think about it us kids that ride in the street have nowhere else fun to ride yeah we like to do tricks cause it fun but if we always get kicked off of places and get yelled at by people telling us to get off the street if we had a Bike Park/ SKATEPARK all of us kids would ride at the SKATEPARK not in the street maybe thats what all of us in Miles city should think about instead of drinking beer and building casinos???????????????????????????????????????????????
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11665) 9 years ago
If you want a skatepark, it is up to you. Organize a group of like-minded persons. Get estimates of construction cost and insurance. Investigate how skateparks are organized in other communities. Then present the idea to the City Council for permission. To raise money and apply for grants, you will probably need to create a 501(c)3.

Go for it.
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Posted by neonfreedom (+287) 9 years ago
There was a skate park here in miles city a few years back,but it was vandalized and wrecked that the half pipes and other items were taken away...it was in river side park all fenced off just so kids could have their own little area,,,i think it would be amazing to be able to build one here so the kids can actually have something to do besides get into trouble.but there is always one or a few bad eggs in the bunch that has to ruin it for everyone
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Posted by snookie (+228) 9 years ago
Several months ago, I believe that Matt Oyen brought up the idea of getting a skate park going. Anybody know if he made any progress on finding out details?
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Posted by I RIDE IN THE STREET (+17) 9 years ago
then again if you have movable ramps like we did they can easily get taken but then if you have a park like billings that cant be taken
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Posted by Cindy Stalcup (+583) 9 years ago
According to Gazette regarding Billings skate park-
It was built 8 years ago with $500,00 in donated money and undisclosed amount of donated materials, and also undisclosed amount of donated labor.
At that time additional money was being raised for outdoor lighting at least $75,000 and restrooms starting at $85,000.
That did not include the donated bronze sculpture of skateboarder. It inferred that the City would take care of operational costs and liability insurance issues.
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Posted by Toni Rentschler (+1514) 9 years ago
Please really think about this before getting started. Yes, it is a good idea. But there have been other good ideas here in town... And people have started something. But never finished with it.

Wasn't there a pool donation and fundraiser thing once? How much money was sent to them... With no show of what they did.

How many times have hockey asked for donations for a better rink... And someone runs off with the money?
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Posted by Ann Johnson (+27) 9 years ago
My son back in the day loved to skate board with his friends here in town.I can't recall a skate park in town,I know a couple of people have tried to get something going,my son and I even went to a meeting at MCC when Butch was mayor the first time,I believe the lady that organized the meeting her last name was Dean.I do believe we need more things for the youth in this town to do. Don't take me wrong,there are things for kids to do. Hockey,baseball,tennis,basketball to name a few,a lot of our youth love skate boarding,we should not let a few bad apples make us turn a blind eye to a skate park.
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Posted by Cindy Stalcup (+583) 9 years ago
Sorry editing needed...it should read $500,000 in donations.
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Posted by I RIDE IN THE STREET (+17) 9 years ago
BUT IF SOMEONE WANTS A CASINO THE SURE ENOUGH THERE IS A NEW CASINO GETTING BUILT!
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Posted by I RIDE IN THE STREET (+17) 9 years ago
Look at the picture at the top of this website and what do you see?? The Bison! What do most of the kids in MC want? A skatepark
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+760) 9 years ago
Hmmph. We didn't have casinos in Miles City when I was a teen. We had to go to the drive-in. Or cruise Main.
But seriously, I hope you get a skatepark. In your lifetime, even.
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Posted by I RIDE IN THE STREET (+17) 9 years ago
Yeah but miles city is too good for a drive in.. but now if you cruise main you get us kids in your way I have my license and I drive around town and I never have this problem.. but I like to ride my bike and do my 180s and my 360s and just cause some people say that in there way doesn't meen I'm going to stop.. but if we had a park we wouldn't be in anybody's way.. that's just a thing to think about..
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Posted by ABE (+418) 9 years ago
So protest for one. Do as your name says.
Get about 20 friends with bikes and go up and down main at 15 mph. Follow all laws and they can't do anything about it. Start taking up parking spots infront of businesses, where cars could park.
Do this all summer long. People would cave quickly if they kept getting stuck behind you.
Get cameras too to take pics of all the cars that pass you. Take film to cops, ask that all fines paid go toward a skate park.

Technically you can't skateboard on some sidewalks, so do the same thing. Even slower.
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Posted by cowdog (+129) 9 years ago
How about get a job! Instead of looking for a handout, pay taxes and try and support yourself, see how much is left over for skate boards and wheelies, and goofing off.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11665) 9 years ago
Casinos are for profit. Bars are for profit. Skateparks are generally not for profit. Simple as that.
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Posted by tax payer (+354) 9 years ago
Casinos and bars are privately owned. So get one of your parents to build you the skatepark, problem solved.
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Posted by Frank Hardy (+1539) 9 years ago
Yeah, Tell them not to be a..................CHEAPskate!!!


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!


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Posted by JandR (+72) 9 years ago
cowdog.....these are kids we're talking about! I personally know that some of them do have jobs, so yes they pay taxes. They have bought their own skateboards and bicycles with the money they have earned. However they are still kids, and this is the time in their lives to 'play' before they have to take full responsibility for a faimly.
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Posted by I RIDE IN THE STREET (+17) 9 years ago
@ JandR thanks for understanding!!! nobody else does.. and it seems that nobosy else cares
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Posted by Ann Johnson (+27) 9 years ago
Casinos and bars oh my,profit and taxes oh my. This town is slowly growing,so let's face it,the skateboarders need a safe an legal place to skate. The streets and roads are not the right choice, I do pay taxes,I would hate for my taxes to go up,but on the other hand growth is good, more jobs,more revenue for our town,are we complaining about that.all this comes back around to the future of our youth and their happiness. A skate park is not a bad thing,having a closed mine is. We need to support the youth of our town.
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Posted by Ann Johnson (+27) 9 years ago
I just viewed the site kids and bikes. To the person that goes by I ride bikes, I'm trying to support your cause because I feel a skate park would be good for our town. After reading some of your post,like your put down of the paint ball park,And I took it as threats of causing havoc on our streets and roads in hopes of getting our attention, well you got mine,if you and your friends are serious show a little RESPECT and COMMON since (? Spelling). Go to the Mayor and city council,or contact the people that have worked on this project before an find out what happened,and what you need to do. Maybe one of them would be able to work with you. Be prepared it's going to take a lot of work. A word of advice you have to earn our support,show respect,and drop the threats. Me personally that got you no where.
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Posted by Steve Allison (+978) 9 years ago
A skateboard & bike park is likely a good idea but the effort has to come from the people who will use it and their parents. That way it will be what they need and want. If I designed a skate park, it would likely be a disaster. I Ride the Streets needs to get together with his fellow skateboard & BMX riders and form a group. Figure out what you need, equipment and space. Look around and figure likely places it could go. Then look for sponsors and land and city approval. The powers that be, have a ton of projects calling for the city's money and time and lack of effort by the people wanting something is a good way to cut the list down to a more manageable level. The more complete a proposal you come up with, the better a chance you have of getting it done.
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Posted by mckee (+387) 8 years ago
My grandson and all his friends were skateboarders and some still are. They always wanted a park for someplace to skate. But never got it. I volunteered to loan them a vacate lot to build but no one wanted to get their own insurance or do any work to help so it fell through and I withdrew my offer.
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Posted by doll (+146) 8 years ago
Well what happened to all the money that was donated to build a skate park when they had the donate jars at M&H? Because people donated a lot of money to it and still no skate park?
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Posted by Frank Hardy (+1539) 8 years ago
The jar fell off the counter and broke. We used the money to buy a new jar.

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Posted by Exalted Buckaroo (+246) 8 years ago
Don't give up, Street.

Have you thought about starting with an event? Pick a good time of year (while MCC is in session), a suitable location (public or private), recruit some friends and a couple of adults to help coordinate, raise some funds for promotion, and invite the public. I think you'll be amazed at the turnout. There were several longboarders riding at the MCC dorms a couple nights ago so don't overlook college students in your recruitment. You could do all of this within the next two weeks, if you really wanted to.

The public doesn't really know you and may have dismissed you as hooligans. Several years ago, there were 300 people interested in a skatepark in MC. Turn that perception around and you'll build support for a park, if not for you then for those who follow you.
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Posted by mckee (+387) 8 years ago
I agree. But Frank why the smart answer,my daughter donated $50.00 (you couldn't really afford) but she wanted to help the kids. Sooooooooooooo what happened to the money???

[This message has been edited by mckee (9/21/2012)]
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Posted by Chad (+1761) 7 years ago
I know it's been some time since this topic had any live discussion, but after today I felt it needed to be revived. I was in Baker, MT today and the parks director told me they are getting ready to build a new skate park, not a small one, but a 10,000 square foot one! Baker, population 1800!

He also mentioned that Glendive had recently completed their skate park? What...Glendive has a skate park? Yes they do.



It seems Miles City is hell bent on removing anything fun and god forbid they install something new. And cater to skaters? Forget it. I think it's seriously sad that we're stuck in a rut here and that the only thing that happens seems to be driven by the lawyers and insurance execs.

A skate park is pretty low budget, low maintenance, actually fairly low risk (skaters aren't know for suing when they fall down and break something). A skate park also gets skaters in the park and off the sidewalks.

I was a skater when I was a teen. I support the sport and think it would be good for the community.
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Posted by Steven Dey (+400) 7 years ago
Baker is also getting a skate park, I believe they are starting on it in the next few weeks.
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Posted by goo (-6) 7 years ago
We have tried for years to build a skatepark, matter of fact a few years back there was donation jars everywere. an account at stockman bank that people donated money into. WHAT HAPPEN TO ALL THAT??????? Several of us parents even offered our time to help?? I know i could sure use the money back that i donated. In closing all these construction companies, or casino, motel builders could donate materials shoot they would even get to write it off on there taxes.

[This message has been edited by goo (7/23/2014)]
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Posted by Forsyth Mike (+472) 7 years ago
The idea needs people to get behind it and STAY behind it. Not quit when things don't happen overnight. That's what happened here...a few people started working on a potential park, but when they found out that they'd have to do fundraising and contribute actual work to the project, and none of the potential park users wanted to contribute any kind of assistance, it just evaporated.

The Glendive and Baker parks probably had a dedicated group of parents and/or interested city officials who went through the proper channels, took the amount of time needed, jumped through all the appropriate hoops, and got it done.
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Posted by Patty O. (+217) 7 years ago
Another question to ask is what happened to the Fun For You pool? There was many fundraisers, donations, a building and site for the pool. What happened to all that money? I believe a dentist in Miles City backing that up? How many times are people suppose to donate to the needs of the kids in our town and see no progress or kept informed as where the money is.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1914) 7 years ago
What little cash there was in the Fun 2U account--the numbers tossed around at times were mostly promised donations, not actual cold hard--was donated to Sigrid Rivenes Laird to use for improvements at the Oasis. She raised additional funds to add to the total. I believe the new roof on the bathhouse, among other items, was funded that way.

As for the land, it was part of the old Pine Hills property that the county took possession of. It never actually belonged to Fun 2U and reverted to the county.

A skatepark would be MUCH cheaper than a pool but it wouldn't be free and would require work and effort. With expensive items like dikes and levees looming over the city, I doubt the city could do more than in kind and maybe space.

I have no idea what was done with any funds donated for a skatepark. I was never aware of that effort. Which is part of the problem. People who care nothing about skateboards need to buy in any effort if you want to be successful.

Has anyone broached the subject with MCI2?
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Posted by Evan (+38) 7 years ago
Hey yall can count me in on this thing, im all for it 100% unstopable. i love to sk8 and been doin so sence i was about ten years old and thats a good 19 years so lets get busy with every detail planing whats taking us so long?
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Posted by Steven Dey (+400) 7 years ago
When the Skate Park designers are in Baker in a few weeks, I will talk to them about a skate park here in Miles. And ask how much space and money we would need for a decent skate park.
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Posted by Ranch Rose (+86) 7 years ago
Skate parks are great for young and old.I have spent years watching my kids skate. Miles City needs a skate park. Glendive's is a perfect example. Let's get it done for everyone to enjoy.
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Posted by Tina Bean (+413) 7 years ago
I'm in....1000% on any help needed for planning and implementation . I have a couple of uncles that are in the construction business and I would discuss with them any assistance they would be willing to offer. I have children that would also provide grunt labor..lol! As I'm sure many kids in the city would want to be a part of it also. Let's do this AND NOT STOP until completed! Message me if you would like my assistance.
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Posted by Tara E (+205) 7 years ago
Just cause one ruins it dont mean all need to be punished. Rebuild!!
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Posted by worldmom (+420) 7 years ago
You can count on our family's help and what donation we can muster. My husband skates and my son has been pining away for a skatepark for a couple of years now.
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Posted by emma (+10) 7 years ago
If you happen to be in Great Falls this summer turn on River Drive along the Missouri River and see the skate park the city built. Though not without some problems and establishing rules for its use it's been a wonderful asset for the youth of the community. A skate park for Miles City could only be an enhancement.
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Posted by Brandy Allen (-2413) 7 years ago
I have been planning for the past three years to open a roller skating rink in Miles City. The first problem was finding a location that was big enough, after settling on the old butteries plaza we tried working a deal to lease the building. There are a few issues with the owner not wanting to give up access to throwing private gatherings on the weekends, during our prime hours. I think these can be overcome with some more negotiating. I think this could be a profitable endeavor, albeit barely.
There is a large stage area in the building, and I planned to put a half pipe about eight ft tall with a good extension on it as well. I still have about a hundred pair of roller skates, a business plan as well as 50% of the capital needed (5000) dollars, that would be needed to get this place up and running. We also have the personnel to operate the place.
The fun to you place is a certain no go unless you have a lot of cash the "non-profit" group wants a swimming hole there. It cost a lot and requires a lot of time to clean swimming pools after a bunch of people have done god knows what in it. And swimming pools don't seem to be profitable anywhere that I have investigated.
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