RUSTON, La. (KTVE/KARD) – The Friends of Ruston Skate Park is an organization aiming to help provide a concrete skate park and public art experience in the former municipal swimming pool in Ruston, LA.
The group’s vision is to create a safe, creative and arts-centric park that enhances our community and empowers youth. The organization is organizing a special event tonight starting at 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Ruston Farmers Market as well as an online auction that ends tonight at 9 p.m.
Tonight the public can stop by the Ruston Farmers Market to grab some food, listen to music, buy posters, shirts, hats and artwork. All proceeds from tonight’s event will go to the new skate park fund. The fundraising auction will feature 200 skate decks, all designed by different artists from across the country, for the public to bid on to help raise funds for the skate park, some of which are signed by the legendary professional skateboarder Tony Hawk.
Of the 300 different artists who designed the decks for the fundraiser, a handful of them live right here in our community. Local artists from Ruston, Monroe, Shreveport and Lincoln Parish have all donated their time and talent to help raise funds for the new skatepark.
The goal of the project is to raise two hundred and fifty thousand dollars and then the town of Ruston will match the remaining funds.
“The city has said that when we reach two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, they’re willing to donate the rest to build the park and so tonight’s fundraiser goes directly toward that goal,” said Jessica Slaughter, program director. , for Friends of Ruston Skatepark.
Below is the link to the online auction:
50/50 for Ruston | 32bids
You can also follow the band on Instagram for updates on the status of the new @skateparkofruston skate park project.