Before rocker Ian Moore took to the stage last week to kick off this year’s Summer Concerts in the Park series, islanders caught a glimpse of the effort underway to jump-start the next evolution of the Burton Adventure Recreation Park (BARC).
Vashon nonprofit Rj’s Kids held a raffle for four imaginative skateboard decks — the face of the board where the rider stands — custom-made by renowned island artists Brian and Tara Brenno, David Erue and Pam Ingalls using different mediums, including glass and metal.
For his interpretation, Brian Brenno used copper and sheet metal to create the likeness of a swift-moving fish, complete with fins. His wife Tara created a glass blown skate deck with a flower kiln-fired onto it. David Erue created “License To Play,” a longboard made out of old license plates, and Pam Ingalls painted a quiet image of a skateboard at rest on her deck. The skateboards were on display in the Ruby Brink throughout the month of July.
The winners, announced at the concert, were Alix Maurer, Lisa Bruce, Kim Hamby and Lin Holly.
The raffle raised $1,520. Those funds will support improved accessibility for elderly and disabled people at the skatepark.
Judith Neary of Rj’s Kids said that the support is meant to push the project beyond the scope of the $150,000 Youth Athletic Facilities grant awarded to the organization last year for construction of an outdoor concrete pump track at BARC, the first of its kind in the state, helping to realize what the park can become. She had applied for a $250,000 Youth and Amateur Sports Grant from King County Parks earlier this year to see the ultimate vision of BARC fulfilled, but it was not awarded to the nonprofit.
Neary said she intends to reapply in January when applications open.
Construction of the pump track at BARC will likely start in October, said Neary. Grindline Skateparks is finalizing its concept for the design, she added, and once that process is completed, Rj’s Kids will hold several public meetings for comments from islanders.
Neary added that she is ready for what’s next.
“I was really inspired and re-motivated to keep going when the artists said, ‘Sure, we’ll help out.’ They didn’t even think twice,” she said. “That always amazes me, that small, little community connection. … That’s what keeps me going on this project. Because it is a daunting project.”
Neary will update the Vashon Park District board about her progress at the board’s regular meeting next week, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Ober Park.