Good day eh! My name is Jim Barnum. I started skateboarding in 1984 at 11 years old, and the act and culture of skateboarding have shaped my life. I started Canada’s first skatepark design and construction company, Spectrum Skateparks, in 1999 at 26 years old, running it for nearly 20 years. Through this time, the skater’s creed moved me to donate dozens of skatepark designs to small communities who were having trouble raising funds, and we even built some skateparks for cost / with no profit here and there. I finally burned out out after nearly 2 decades of working 7 days a week to keep the dream alive, and Spectrum joined forces with New Line Skateparks, where I’m now very happily employed by a company that is also all about building skateboarding.
Being an employee instead of running a company has given me the time to live and skate again. Having recently settled in BC’s beautiful West Kootenay region with the intention of slowing down, it’s now time to live a very long standing, crazy dream: to design and build a concrete skatepark on my land here, where the essence of skate culture – freedom, creativity and wildness – can thrive, keeping the flame lit.
I didn’t even consider doing a Go Fund Me for this project, but a guy I know through skatepark advocacy work (including 5+ years and counting as a volunteer Director of Canada Skateboard, as well as for countless skatepark groups across the country), said he would love to donate and just assumed that others would too, “after all you’ve done for skateboarding”. So if you’ve ever enjoyed one of my parks, if you’d like to help make a crazy dream come true, or if you’d like to come skate this park with me in the mountains of BC when it’s done, I humbly ask for your support.
The funds will be used for construction materials only. Excavation equipment, gravel, drainage pipe, lumber, rebar, steel coping, welding services, concrete, curing agents and more. It sounds like my friends in the region who build skateparks are going to donate their time to build, and of course I'll do the unskilled parts of job: cutting forms, tying rebar and the like.
In addition to cash (even a few bucks helps!), I’m looking for donated building materials. I was out tonight scavenging 2x4’s from a dumpster. I’m looking for old lumber and plywood, rebar, steel pipe for coping, forming stakes, tie wire, screws…it all adds up.
Construction will happen come hell or high water. This is happening. I will cover any funding shortfall. Thank you so very much for your contribution to a dream! The kids (including this 47 year old kid) in my neighbourhood, and my neighbour down the way who was almost a professional skater 20 years ago, and all the skaters in the region and who travel through here, are going to be SO stoked on this ode to skate culture. A place where the true freedom and wildness of skateboarding can reign! Your contributions mean WAY more to me than you know. THANK YOU.
Oh for those who want to know, depths are planned to be 5', 6'3", 7'6" and 9' with vert and pool coping.
- Jim, BS Melon - Lincoln City, OR (photo: Brendan Sohar)
- Jim and his Lady Love Victoria
- Jim, Lien Transfer - Slocan, BC (designed by Jim)
- The Dream!
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