About the Park
Skateboarding has been popular here for a long time, but it was always on public streets, loading docks, home-made ramps and parking lots. Adult skaters, parents and business people got together and formed an informal organization. We attended meetings with several of the towns’ Park & Recreation departments. Interest grew among the skaters as word of our efforts spread. We eventually decided to incorporate as a non-profit organization to legitimize our cause.
How do you get to build a skatepark on an island with six separate towns? Well it’s not easy and it takes a long time. Land on Martha’s Vineyard is exceedingly expensive. It took an Intermunicipal Agreement between all 6 towns, land donated from the MV Regional High School, the town of Oak Bluffs agreeing to insure and help oversee the park, and a small army of dedicated volunteers!
The Martha’s Vineyard Skatepark is a town park, in and owned by, the town of Oak Bluffs. Construction of the park was entirely financed by the Martha’s Vineyard Skatepark Association, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 corporation. The Association raised the entire costs of the park through gifts, fund-raising, and donations from the island towns. The park did not cost the Town of Oak Bluffs any money to build. Island workers contributed time, money, equipment , supplies and expertise to help build the park. It was truly a community effort.
Skatepark Is Back and Everyone Is Dropping In
Vineyard Gazette, Jul. 18, 2017
Martha’s Vineyard Skatepark rolls towards the future
MV Times, Jun. 21, 2016
MVYouth awards 2016 expansion grants to three Island nonprofits
MV Times, Mar. 2, 2016
Skaters Look to Refurbish Aging Park
Vineyard Gazette, Dec. 23, 2015
Indie Film, Band Liven Skatepark Benefit
Vineyard Gazette, Jan. 26, 2013
Skatepark is Ten Years Old, Drop In to Celebrate
Vineyard Gazette, Jan. 24, 2013