Skateboarders are People too
The Mississippi Grind Street Course is installed and open!
The construction fencing around the Mississippi Grind came down today, marking a giant step for skateboarding in New Orleans — much thanks to Red Bull, Spohn Ranch Skateparks, Action Park Alliance, skaters who pitched design ideas, and everyone at City Hall who helped make this happen! We are stoked to see so many new faces at the park.
Students, professors, and volunteers with Tulane City Center are almost finished with the entranceway and rain gardens! The street names “Paris” and “Pleasure” came out great, recessed into the concrete, while we will soon install native and edible plants such as cypress, magnolia, and satsuma trees to line the perimeter of the park! Funky skateable benches are already built and will be installed in the coming month!
Parisite Skatepark just received a $15,000 grant for skateable sculpture from the Arts Council of New Orleans! This is part of the Arts Council’s “Percent for Art Program”, which partners the Arts Council with community organizations across the city. We are running an open call for skateable sculpture ideas, so post your ideas to our Facebook page or send to email@example.com!
Red Bull’s “Quarter Critters” skate trick and photo contest is this weekend! Come out to the sign-up party on Friday, November 7 at the Dragon’s Den – free pizza and drinks for the first 30 participants! Not skating? Don’t miss the judging party Sunday night, also at the Dragon’s Den!
Starting Thursday, November 20, we will partner with NORDC’s new Outdoors Program to take trips into nature! In this immersive afterschool program for Parisite and St Bernard Center, the Outdoors Program’s 15-passenger van will arrive at 4:00 every first and third Thursday to pick up participants for fun-filled trips to the area’s many natural sites. These excursions allow participants to explore, ask questions, and learn on their own terms. Swamps, wetlands, forests, canoeing — if there’s somewhere you or a child you know wants to explore, the time and space is available. Keep an eye out for Emily (Outdoor Programs Manager) handing out parent permission forms on Thursdays at Parisite! For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Come out on Saturdays from 9am-2pm to help with Tulane City Center, or meet at the chalkboard at noon for cleanup crew! Contact John Coyle (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info on volunteer opportunities with Tulane.
Thanks so much to the volunteer groups that have helped over the past months. We really appreciate the efforts of Groundwork New Orleans, HandsOn, Sassy + Classy Social + Pleasure Club, Urban League College Track Students, GRoW, Health Nutz Nation, and all the individuals who pitch in!
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Did you know? Parisite Skatepark is the only free public skatepark in New Orleans, built entirely by skaters and volunteers, named for its location along Paris Avenue beneath I-610. Skaters and advocates formed the non-profit Transitional Spaces and partnered with the City of New Orleans to make Parisite a full-fledged skatepark, along with the great folks at NORDC and the St Bernard Recreation Center. Transitional Spaces cleans, maintains, and connects you to development at Parisite, while pushing for a skate-friendly New Orleans!