Kingshighway Vigilante Transitions, or KHVT for short, aims to improve the community one skatepark at a time. But to make their plans completely concrete, they're going to need some more cents for cement. Their next step? A Kickstarter campaign.
For the uninitiated, the crew of skate enthusiasts earned its bearings by building a guerrilla skatepark under a bridge and under the radar at the intersection of Kingshighway and Bischoff Avenue. Since then, they've earned a thumbs-up from St. Louis city officials and official 501(c)(3) status to keep their community clean-up effort going (more on all of that in this 2010 blog post), not to mention a nod from Popular Mechanics and the RFT's "Best Place to Skate" best-of award in 2010 and 2012.
Video from the park presently located under Kingshighway.
Regardless of the city's blessing, the aforementioned bridge, getting more decrepit every day as a result of more than a quarter-century of wear and tear, is set to go as a result of area renovations in the next year or so.
In the summer of 2012, KHVT signed a lease on a spot for a new home -- a lot located at 4415 Morgan Ford Road to be named the Peter Mathews Memorial Skategarden.
Funds generated so far, totaling $18,000, have come from donations and special events including concerts, art shows and auctions. Tony Hawk himself has been known to contribute grants in amounts that have been matched by the area's alderman.
You, too, can help take that half-pipe through a full ride as KHVT attempt to raise another $15,000 to support their efforts. A Kickstarter campaign goes live this week with a commemorative launch party.
On Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m., head to Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775), where you can make a donation on the spot via laptop, with incentives like KHVT swag and private skate sessions to look forward to.
DJ Crucial and DJ Hal Greens provide entertainment for the night alongside raffles and silent auctions. Additionally, 10 percent of food and drink sales go to benefit the cause until 10 p.m. As some spiky-haired kid we know would say, "Cowbunga, dude!"
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