Live The Dream…

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Live the Dream with Green Skate Laboratory


Help turn these into a Skatepark.

The Green Skate Laboratory will be a multi-purpose space for recreation, arts and science. This is a multi-phase project that will emphasize recycling, physics and environmental science in order to create a skateboard recreation area for the District of Columbia. Integral to the design is the inclusion of areas where students will be able to test and perform physics, engineering and environmental science concepts and experiments. The curved and rolling “landscaping” will be made with environmentally sound building techniques and composed entirely of reused and recycled materials. In addition to the science lab and recreation potential for the space, there will be large areas that will be dedicated to the creation of tile mosaics and other visual arts.

Live the Dream with GSL in Washington DC!! Skaters in the Mid-Atlantic Region need your help to support the construction of DCs first real skateboard park. Members & friends of the ECRW Foundation are working on the Greenskate Laboratory as a multi-purpose space for recreation, arts & science. Much of the emphasis is on recycling. For example, the majority of the super structure is constructed of tires collected from the Potomac River Watershed. These tires are rammed with earth & used as building blocks for what is going to be a bowl that is 4ft – 9ft deep with an oververt pocket.

We are facing corruption issues with the embezzlement of $20,000 in Grants donated to the projects fund. We filed a complaint & now have the DC Inspector General working on the case. It didnt matter to us at first because we kept moving forward with a positive attitude that we would raise it on our own.

We have now come across a new problem. The Parks & Recreation Department we were working with has new Directors. They seem very unhappy with the project because of the time it is taking to build it. They dont understand the amount of effort it takes to do what we are doing. The reason we are not moving along swiftly with this project is because the grant money we were issued is now missing. We have to raise this money again so that we can rent equipment & buy materials. To sum it up briefly, we need to get this park done quick & we do not have everything we need to make it happen even though we are providing the labor for free. Below is a synopsis of what we need to do, what we have provided & what we need to make this happen.

Here is a breakdown of what we need and its approximate costs:

100 Yards of concrete – $10,000
Lumber for forms – $1500
2 Tons of Rebar – $2000
Equipment Rental – $2000
Concrete Pump for 5 days – $5000
Contractor Fees 20% – $4000

If you are interested in helping us with this project, please visit our website at Greenskatelab.org and click on “contact us” to register for updates. We would love to receive donations or hear your ideas of what we can do to help the situation. We have a PayPal account for donations: donate@greenskatelab.org. We will have t-shirts for sale very soon & will be accepting pre-orders for them immediately.
Thank you & our Sincere Thanks, Chris & Terri Nostrand, Jaime Stapula, Ben Ashworth, John Bullduc, Andy Neal & the rest of our friends at ECRW Foundation


This used to be trash…


This could be the Skatepark of tomorrow

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