02/09/2010 | by Deeli
The people at Regulator Distribution have a campaign going to help save The Turf skatepark in Milwaukee, WI.
Details about whats going on, a video of a recent TV news story, and most importantly what people can do to help save the park are all at The Beer City site.
The more people email the state of Wisconsin the more likely they are to save the park.
Below is a brief history of the park for anyone that is unfamiliar with it. Scroll down to the bottom for the classic Turf section from the 1989 Santa Cruz video Streets On Fire.
Surfin’ Turf/ The Turf was an amazing indoor skateboard park that was opened in the late 70′s and then closed in the early 80′s. It opened again in 87 and then closed again in 94. When they closed it up all the concrete bowls were filled with rocks and they put a cement floor over it.
A place that built patio decks bought the building and was there for some time. Now the State of Wisconsin Traffic dept. has bought the land along with a bunch of other land on Loomis using eminent domain. They plan on putting a park and ride were the skatepark once was. In order to do that they had to demolish the building and then tear out the concrete floor.
After they tore the floor out they noticed that there were these outlines of the bowls that were filled with rocks. So they started digging in one of them to see what this was all about. Once they reached 6 feet they had to stop. The reason being an engineer needs to be brought in now so they can figure out what they need to do. If they just left the bowls there with rocks in them and paved over it there may be problems when semi’s and other heavy vehicles drive on top of the parking lot.
So now that they had to stop we ( meaning skaters all over the country) are going to try to convince the state to dig out the bowls and restore them so people can come and skate them again. This is not only an excellent skatepark that with a little work could be restored , but it is also a historical landmark. Being that its over 25 years old and one of the few surviving concrete skateparks built in the 70′s.
SK8 TOUGH F.S.U.