Bennett, Colorado is a small plains community situated 30 miles to the east of Denver. Some years ago, the local skaters raised some funds to construct a small skatepark, which was built by members of the community. Over time, the park had become severely dilapidated. So, the skaters of Bennett, CCPS, and the town teamed up to rebuild the park.
The project was funded by a $5,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation, a $5,000 match from the Town of Bennett, and an additional $11,000 was raised by skateboarders.
The park renovations, thus far, include a real (egg) pool replica, complete with pool coping, tiles, and shallow end stairs, a slappy curb spine, a ledge, a bank, and a small quarter-pipe.
Labor, for this project, has been 100% volunteer. Although labor is strictly on a volunteer basis, Team Pain Skateparks, was absolutely vital to making the pool happen. Team Pain foreman, James Hedrick, designed and led the entire construction process of the pool. And, the Team Pain concrete crew shot and finished the pool in one day! Their skill revitalized the skatepark and gave other skateboarders the determination to truly do it for themselves. Now the construction, at Bennett, is led by a revolving group of skateboarders.
Future construction calls for more street obstacles, a sadlands planter, and a “hook.” All donations to the Bennett Skatepark fund have been used entirely for materials, as all labor has been donated by local skateboarders, professional skatepark builders, and the town’s people. Our hope is that this project will give the skaters of Bennett the opportunity to skate at a world class skatepark in a town where youth activities are desperately needed.