Skatepark project nears completion

Story by: Holly M. Gill
Date Published to Web: 10/5/2005

Professional skateboarder Sage Bolyard is as eager as any teenager to be the first to ride on Madras' new skatepark.

But unlike the teenagers who stop by to check on the progress at the park each day, Bolyard, 34, is in charge of the park's construction.

Bolyard, the project manager for the new park, hopes to get his chance to try out the park sometime in the next two or three weeks, when he and his crew of five finish the Dreamworks skatepark on the corner of H and S.W. Marshall streets.

A skateboarder since age 11, Bolyard said that he's so busy these days building Dreamworks parks around the world that he's lucky to get a chance to climb on his skateboard.

"I started out as a skateboarder wishing we had good things to ride," Bolyard recalled. "Now, we're building world-class parks and wishing we had time to skate."

Originally scheduled for completion at the end of October, the park may be finished as early as Oct. 15, according to Bolyard.

Then, he and his crew are headed for skatepark jobs in Port Townsend, Wash., Hawaii, and Rome, Italy.

What sets the Madras skatepark apart from over a dozen others Bolyard has helped design and construct in Oregon is the fact that it was designed specifically to accommodate both skateboarders and bicyclists.

For instance, instead of using a variety of materials for the coping at the tops of the bowls, all the coping has to be made of steel, Bolyard said.

The Madras Bike and Skate Park Committee, formed in 2000, has raised most of the $220,000 needed to build the 10,000-square-foot park, which will feature two large bowls, steps, rails, ramps and ledges, all built to Dreamland's high standards.

Bolyard is a part of Dreamland's original seven-man, skateboarding "Dreamteam," which is in charge of design and construction of all of Dreamland's parks. Based in Lincoln City, Dreamland Skateparks has built skateparks all over the Northwest, from California to Montana, in addition to parks in Indiana, Louisiana, Arkansas, Hawaii, Italy, Austria, and the United Kingdom.

The "Dreamteam" created their first commissioned park in Lincoln City around 1997 because they were "tired of all the garbage being built out there," Bolyard noted. "We wanted to build better places to skateboard."

Dreamland has developed such a following that as soon as the Madras park opens, Bolyard expects it will draw skateboarders from all over the world, who will come to try it out.

In the meantime, Bolyard asks people to stay away from the park until it's officially open. "We'd really appreciate kids staying outside of the fence line because it's still a construction site," he said.

"There's still a lot of uncured concrete that could be damaged by walking or riding on it," Bolyard continued. "We'd hate for construction to come to a halt because of liability issues."

When Dreamland finishes the skatepark portion of the project, the city will take it over and complete the project as funding allows, according to city councilor and skatepark committee member Melanie Widmer.

"The landscaping, parking and restrooms will come later," she said, noting that there won't be city money available until the next fiscal year's budget, beginning in July of 2006.

Widmer is excited to finally see results from nearly five years of effort by committee members and the local community.

"It will be one of a kind," she said proudly.

The committee meets this week to plan a grand opening celebration for later this month.

Skate shop opens in Madras

Story by: Christina Crockett
Date Published to Web: 9/28/2005

With the highly anticipated skate park scheduled to be finished on Oct. 1, Ron and Linda Chapman saw it as the perfect opportunity to open their Local 5-0 Skate Shop in Madras last month.

"We had seen the new opportunity with the park coming in and I thought it would be beneficial as a business, as well as for the community," said Ron Chapman, who comes from Bend where he and his wife own the Local 5-0 Indoor Skate Park. "We want to promote the skateboarding industry to the kids and the community."

The new skate shop caters to skateboarders and BMX bikers alike, and features brand name merchandise including clothing and shoes for young men and women. The shop also carries skateboards, parts and equipment, stickers, DVDs, and other accessories.

Name brands found at the Chapmans' shop include clothing and shoes by Dickie, Adio, Independent, Element, Vans and Etnies. Enthusiasts will also find skateboards by Element, Popwar, Zero and Habitat, to name a few, all of which are offered at different price ranges to fit varying budgets and skill levels. Chapman also noted that almost anything can be ordered through the store at competitive pricing.

The Local 5-0 shop also has an area where kids can fix broken boards and replace parts and accessories.

Wanting to support the local youth and their intersest in the sport, Chapman noted the Local 5-0 Skate Shop is here to accommodate everyone interested.

"It's a fun industry for this town and it's going to give the kids a lot to do. We realize kids can't afford certain stuff, so we're willing to help them out when we can by offering used boards we can donate," said Chapman. "We want to be a business and part of the community, so we're willing to take a risk and invest in the youth."

Promoting activities for youth, Chapman has big plans for the Local 5-0 shop and the community of Madras.

With a new skate and bike park built by the well-known DreamParks company, Chapman said the Madras park will soon be comparable with other parks in Bend and Redmond, and is sure to lure in those from afar.

"Oregon is known for having some of the best parks in the country. Word is going to get out and people from all over the West Coast are going to come here," surmised Chapman, who orginally came to Central Oregon with his wife four years ago from Duvall, Wash.

In conjunction with the new park, Chapman hopes to attract professional skateboarders and bikers who can help host clinics and camps to teach the youth. He also wants to promote the sport to girls, who are taking up more interest in the activity, and he hopes to hold various events and competitions in the future at the new Madras park. He also plans to sponsor local skateboarders and bikers.

Chapman will offer a "product toss" when the new skate park opens, which is slated for Oct. 1, when the shop will give away skateboards, stickers and other prizes.

The Local 5-0 Skate Shop will also hold an open skateboarding contest on Tuesday night, Oct. 4, at the Living Hope Christian Center in Madras as part of a community outreach program. The event starts on Monday, Oct. 3, and ends with a concert on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Madras High School. Activities are from 6-9 p.m. all three days. There will be ramps set up for skateboarders, as well as a contest and a prize giveaway for first through third place finishers on Tuesday night in the parking lot at the church.

The Local 5-0 Skate Shop is located in downtown Madras at 216 S.W. Fifth St., next to Reynoso's Jewelry and across from Pepe's Mexican Restaurant. The shop accomodates school hours, and is open Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed Sundays. When school is not in session and on holidays, the Local 5-0 shop is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the shop at 475-0424. Also, visit

Madras Skate Park construction nears completion

Date Published to Web: 8/19/2005

For Madras youth, the dream of having a local bike and skate park is even closer to becoming a reality, thanks to the long hours put in by the Madras Bike and Skate Park Committee. After breaking ground on June 27 and starting actual construction during the first week of July, the building of the park is proceeding as scheduled, according to skate park committee treasurer Melanie Widmer, and is slated to be finished by September or October. The lone complication the construction crew has been faced with was hitting some solid rock, which forced them to change the design slightly to accommodate the landscape. The park will still have the same elements as before, however. In 2001, the committee started planning and raising money in order to build a world-class bike and skate park, giving kids another venue for skateboarding, rollerblading and biking. "The kids don't have anywhere to skate or bike, and they keep getting in trouble when they skate in parking lots and business sidewalks," said Widmer. "Now, they'll have a spot made just for them. (The park) will be good for the kids and good for the community." In May, the Madras Bike and Skate Park accepted a $220,000 bid from Dreamland Skateparks Construction, a well-known and highly reputable company that has built numerous skateparks throughout the state. While the bid was higher than others, the committee decided to go with Dreamland for their expertise and experience in building state-of-the-art parks. From the beginning, Dreamland has given the committee valuable information and guidance in building the 10,000-square-foot park, to ensure its orginality and versatility. Designed to have a variety of bowls, stairs and rails, the new park will accommodate stunt bikers, skateboarders, as well as rollerbladers. The Madras Bike and Skate Park Committee raised the money through car washes, can and bottle drives, T-shirt sales, food and beverages, bike and skate contests, as well as grants and donations. The commitee received an approximate $195,000 in contributions and grants. With construction under way, additional costs of about $58,000 turned up, which the city covered. The city also donated the land for the park on the corner of H Street and S.W. Marshall Street. The Madras Bike and Skate Park Committee is still accepting donations for additional costs that may arise during the rest of the park construction. The committee also plans to hold a grand opening celebration upon the park's completion. "We want to have a big celebration for all the hard work everyone has put forth these last five years," noted Widmer.