HOW IT ALL STARTED
The idea for the Downingtown Skate Park began in 2003 when Andy Lowe and a group of members from the Downingtown Main Street association sat down to devise a plan to build a skate park in town. It did not take long for the group to realize the scope of their vision and the effort it would take to make this idea a reality. Borough Council voted unanimously in favor of the park and for donating the land for its use.
The next step was to form a nonprofit organization to handle the donations and provide more structure to the group's efforts. As luck would have it in the fall of 2004 a graduate class from Penn State took the Downingtown Skate Park on as a group project providing a professional plan and doing the leg work to apply for non-profit status.
By 2005 the Downingtown Skate Park had just about everything it needed to become a nonprofit and to start raising the funds to build the skate park. The organization was reduced to Andy Lowe's spare time which in the summer of 2005 was reduced drastically with the birth of his son. Knowing he would not have the time and energy to push any further for the park the project was shelved for 3 years.
In the fall of 2009 the stars aligned for DSP when Wesley Terry approached Andy Lowe with the desire to start an organization to build a skate park in Downingtown. With all the tools in hand to start the nonprofit and a professional plan for the park already written Wesley was able to hit the ground running and the Downingtown Skate Park was up and moving again.
Downingtown Skatepark Organization was formed and granted its nonprofit status in 2010 and fundraising officially began. For the next 4 years Wesley Terry worked tirelessly keeping the momentum and drive for the park alive and well. His board of directors which consisted of Jesse Matthews, Lauren and Josh Heald, Steve Yemenijian and Andy Lowe did its part to help at every turn as the park got closer and closer to becoming a reality.
The location at Kerr parked was solidified and a permit for construction was granted that would expire in the fall of 2014. With a deadline looming DSP had to use the funds it had to build phase 1 of the skatepark. If not, the permit for construction would expire and the organization would have to go through a lengthy and possibly more extensive permit process.
Tony Misiano from Misiano Skatepark designs and his crew of 2 drove up from Florida in late August 2014 and began the construction of the Downingtown Skatepark. Amazingly after 11 years of effort a skatepark was built in a matter of days.
Today the Downingtown Skatepark is open to all facets of action sports and enjoyment. In the summer of 2016 on "Go Skateboarding Day" the fund raising campaign will start again for phase 2 of the park. Our goal is to double its size.