Indianapolis is the Capital of Indiana. We currently have one skate park that desperately needs renovation. The crowds swarm the park every time school is let out or the weekend is here. Indianapolis is home to a large population of skateboarders and bmxers. We need to get organized this blog will inform you of upcoming events and happenings. ONLINE PETITION!!! PLEASE SIGN!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Indy skate advocates in the paper

There was recently an article in the Indianapolis Star.   The writer Amanda Kingsbury was trying to find some educators that are doing interesting things.  She had heard about our group and wanted to get the story out.  Hopefully this helps our cause.

Recent updates

Sarah and Jordan are having a baby! Congrats to the new family.  They were the ones with the idea to start this now as they have more on their plate a few of us have stepped up and are trying to take the reigns.  Evan and myself met a few weeks ago and started making some emails and phone calls.  Hopefully we will be able to put some wind back in our sails.

The money we have raised is now in an account.  WE RAISED $1200 in a short amount of time.  Hopefully we can get someone from the city on our side and make something happen.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Also upon my return I noticed a TON of trash at the park. I picked up a ton of trash the day before I left and there was all new trash today. The guys were there cutting the lawn and they were taking pictures of the trash in the lawn. This can't be good publicity for the park or more parks to come. If you see someone leaving there trash get on them. I know it feels silly but it is going to suck when we can't get a new park because the litter problem is looming. It will REALLY suck if they take our park away that we have now!

Recent travels

AHHH. The motivation that follows a trip to Oregon. They have it so together there. If you would like to check out what they have going on you can check out this website.

Every time I go there there is something awesome happening. The latest addition is a park known as Brooklyn Street. It started as a small DIY spot and then turned into a real park. Not only did the city decide it could be a park they funded a small amount to the builders of the park to improve it as well. This doesn't just happen for anything they have worked long and hard to achieve this credibility and for the city to see the benefits of skateparks. Pictures of the park are below. They are removing the walking bridge soon and the city has given the entire area all the way to the building to the builders!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Great meeting

We had a great meeting on the 20th. Thanks to everyone that is helping us. Remember if you haven't seen it on facebook we have an event this coming Thursday the 28th at Talbott St. There will be some awesome bands playing and all the proceeds go to ISA. Also, we will be selling some awesome photos from Hutch, a tattoo!, a bike tune up from ISC, and many other things. Come check it out!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

phew. We hope.

Wow, what a relief. Gage and I attended the meeting today and the overall feeling both of us had was very positive. The parks department was very concerned about losing the skateboard park and was assured by the reps from Marion that it will be safe.

Gage and I spoke with the Dean Peterson and Deborah Lawrence after the meeting and they were very happy to meet us and look forward to opportunities to collaborate with events. Their number one concern is the community and they are using the recent rise in cycling popularity to our advantage.
During our conversation there was even mention of the long forgotten park addition that was in the original plan. There main goal is to revamp all of the infrastructure, build some bike courses, and actually generate revenue through cycling events and summer programs. Lets keep our fingers crossed and keep pushing for new stuff!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

meeting update

: I guess the indyparks thing is on the agenda. This is not a rally of sorts. It would just really be cool if we had some representation from the skateboard community there. We might not even get to talk. But at least we will be there.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


The meeting was just confirmed today. Lets pack this house!!!

The meeting is on Thursday 4/7 from 345 to 5 pm in the city council building. It will be in room 260.


I know it is last minute. We should try and get as many people here as possible. Even if it doesn't happen, I think it would be a good idea to show up.

There will be a meeting held on friday 4/8/11 by the Parks Board at the City County Building (room 260 4 or5pm). I do not have the exact time, and cant find any info about it on the web. There is supposed to be some type of announcement in terms of who will be aquiring the property that the skatepark resides on. I dont think they will be counting on the public attending. I think it would serve our cause best to have as many parents, business owners, and people who care about the future of the skatepark to be in attendance. Please repost this and tell everyone you know. It's time to stand up and get involved. Any further info I can get before hand will be posted ASAP.

Thursday, March 31, 2011


While I was sending out emails for one of our benefits someone at Metromix heard about our group. They asked me if I would be their Local celebrity of week. I gladly accepted for a chance to get our vision out there. You can find the article here.

Local celebrity: Tim Devlin

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Special to Metromix
March 29, 2011

Local celebrity: Tim Devlin
(Credit: Michelle Pemberton / Metromix)

Claim to fame: Co-founder, Indianapolis Skate Park Advocates; technology education teacher, Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center.

If you had 30 seconds to pitch the ISPA cause to the City Council/mayor, what would you say?
I personally know kids around the city who are being pressured with serious choices, be it gangs or violence and drug use. I grew up around skate parks, and it has done great things for my life. I would love for these kids to have the same chance to receive the mentorship that older skateboarders can give.

What’s your main project right now?
We’re working with the King Park neighborhood to get a skate park put in at 25th and the Monon. We are also pursuing turning our group into a nonprofit so we will be able to accept donations and grants.

Why did you make this your personal cause?

I’ve had had an interest in skateboarding since the fifth grade. Even then, I would write the mayor letters, begging him to build a skate park in Carmel. I wish I still had some of those letters.

Before becoming a teacher what was your dream?
To be a bum, I guess? Just make enough money to skateboard all the time, and just live in a small house with little bills. But a couple things happened that changed all that.

What were those things?
During that part of my life, I was living out of my van. I met a lot of younger kids at skate parks who hated school. I started asking myself why I liked (school) and then I remembered all the teachers that really influenced me.

My mom also got on me and was like, “Why are you going to waste the talents that you have? How are you not going to give back anything that was given to you?” This hit pretty hard.

What’s your favorite place to skate locally? Ultimate dream spot?
Locally, the park at Major Taylor. My dream place would be an empty pool on a spring afternoon in Arizona.

Do you skate with protective gear?
I would if it was cool, as bad as it sounds. I would, but it’s not. So I just make excuses not to?

If you were going to jail for life tomorrow, what’s the last meal you’d eat in this town and why?
For sure, the Taco and Burrito Place at 42nd Street and Millersville Road. Pablo would definitely hook it up — best burritos in town.

Indianapolis: Love it or leave it?
Love it. I’ve tried to move to other places, and I always end up here. I can’t really put it into words.

Indianapolis Skate Park Advocates
ISPA will host a fundraiser April 28 at Talbott Street, featuring bands and raffles.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I have been super busy lately and skateboarding in this weather has been HORRIBLE! We had a meeting last week and it was awesome. We are making some good moves and things are coming together as our group finds their roles. We are now meeting once a month. Our next event sounds awesome! We are going to have a raffle so if anyone would like to donate let us know. email me

So I am going through my first year of teaching at Lynhurst 7th and 8th grade center. Some students wrote these letters a while ago. I promised them I would post them up online. Sorry Jake and Nigel for taking so long. Jake is a bmx rider and Nigel is from a family of skateboarders. All of them are dreaming of new skateparks. Read their letters yourself!

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Oursecond fundraising event went off amazingly. All the bands ripped, everyone at the Vollrath were great hosts, and the crowd was amazing. Thanks to everyone that came out and a special thanks to Evan for organizing the event and the bands. We have a small start money wise which is awesome that we have any. The biggest thing we can ask from everyone is your support. Please add us on facebook!! Indy skatepark advocates
Here are some pictures from the event taken by Samantha Fox...