Houghton Skatepark Chosen for $50,000 MEDC/Patronicity Matching Grant

During the previous event, Jon Julien, owner of LJJ Construction and Quincy Woodrights auctioned off artist’s skateboard decks. Hundreds packed Keweenaw Brewing Company and showed their support.

Houghton, Michigan – To support local fundraising efforts, the Houghton Skatepark project will be awarded matching funds of $50,000 from Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Public Spaces Community Places grant.

MEDC in collaboration with Michigan Municipal League designed this new program to provide municipalities with projects that focus on “activation of public spaces and community places,” such as an outdoor plaza or park enhancements and that have established public awareness and local momentum.

The skatepark project is a local community initiative to build a safe, outdoor, public skatepark. With this final fundraising campaign, launched Monday, April 10th, Houghton Skatepark organizers have the goal of raising at least $50,000 locally to earn the full additional $50,000 matching grant. This would fulfill all funds needed to complete the park.

People and businesses wishing to provide a tax-deductible donation can contribute to the project two ways:

  • Direct donations to the crowdfunding site Patronicity. Supporters will receive rewards for their support and include anything from a sticker to an engraved obstacle at the park.
  • Charity auction at Keweenaw Brewing Company this Thursday, April 13th from 7-9pm where over fifty local artists will feature their artwork on a wood deck of a skateboard. A similar auction last year was attended by hundreds and raised over $10,000. The wood skateboard decks are donated by Quincy Woodwrights, a locally based manufacture who ships skateboard decks all over the world. Using the wood skateboard deck as a blank canvas, artists will create unique pieces and showcase their work for auction. The event includes music by Bob Hiltunen, is free to attend by all ages. Everyone welcome!

The grant deadline is June 9, 2017. Houghton Skatepark appreciates the enthusiasm, generosity and support of the community thus far. This current fundraising push and continued support will allow the Houghton MI Skatepark’s first phase to be built this summer.

For more information on the local skate park project please visit the Houghton Skatepark facebook page or watch the Houghton Skatepark Youtube video.

To make immediate donations please click here.

Contact Alex Aho at houghtonmiskatepark@gmail.com or Laura Smyth at laura@k-c-f.org


Through philanthropic services, strategic investments and community leadership, Keweenaw Community Foundation helps people support the causes they care about, now and for generations to come. For more information on Keweenaw Community Foundation and how to give, visit its website at www.keweenawgives.org.

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