For the last seven years, Rj's Kids has been working hard to bring the dream of creating a new skatepark for Vashon to life. With the help of our community, fudning from grants and lots of helping hands we were able to turn the field at the BARC into a fully functioning community area.
"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."
The winners 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.
“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.”
Thanks to our outgoing community, Rj's Kids was able to plan community work parties to help with the construction of the Pumptrack. Thank you to all our volunteers who came out to lend a helping hand with our project.
The Vashon Maury Island Land trust reached out to the Vashon community to have the ferns and shrubs needed for the park donated! Thanks to the generosity from our community, we were able to source the plants needed from these donations.
"When you give, good things happen in our community"
During Give Big, we focused our fundraising on 2 pieces of exercise equipment made especially for seniors. We were able to install these pieces of exercise equipment and create a space for all ages at the B.A.R.C.
Thank you to the Vashon Island Beachcomber for this amazing coverage of our grand opening even on Saturday and the long road that lead us here.
"It's awesome" said 18 year old skateboarder Matthew Guevara. "We didn't have all of this a year ago. Having a park like this, on the island, is crazy"
Thank you Vashon Rotary for sponsoring the Ping Pong table at the BARC. Metal Creature made the stainless net. Trio Surfaces cut the sintered stone slab top that was donated by Neolith. Nick Betz of Betz Concrete put it all together.
First come - first serve - bring your paddles and ping pong balls!
Copyright © 2023 Rj's Kids - All Rights Reserved.