Armada Board and Bike project starting to skate to completion

Nonprofit continues to raise money for park

For those who do not know, there are a lot of big things happening in northern Macomb County. I would like to bring you into the backstory about Armada, Michigan as well as Armada Board and Bike, a nonprofit 501(c)(3).

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When Armada Board and Bike started, I was only 16 years old. Little did I know all the planning and work that was going to be ahead for me, as well as for the other members of the Armada Board and Bike group. When I was younger, we would help put on the events as well as try to get the word out about the skatepark. Most of the parents of the group would handle the stuff we, the kids, couldn’t do at the time. Now that I’m a little older and getting more involved with the politics side of the project, I understand there is a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to raising money for the skatepark. However, it is a challenge I love to accept. Not too many 21 year olds can say they are doing what we are doing for the community while learning each step it takes to reach our goal. FB_IMG_1465375684079I love where I came from, the town I was raised in and knowing that Macomb is my home.

Armada is a small country town that is the pearl of Macomb County. We are a bedroom community that is family strong and believes in keeping the community together while always welcoming those from outside of the town and county. We bring in about 650 thousand visitors per year just because of the apple orchards, flee market and the Armada Fair.

When it comes to a skateboarder or BMX rider, there is not a lot for these kinds of young independent athletes to do in Armada, and this is what led to Armada Board and Bike. The idea of having a skatepark built in the town was brought up by a few young kids at the age FB_IMG_1465376269306of 16 who brought their idea to the village president and the Armada Township Board. They had to present their idea to the board and got the location, preliminary design, and ground testing approved. These kids have done multiple fundraisers and events to help raise the money for the skatepark. Six years later, they have raised over $100 thousand for the skatepark. They brought their total to the Armada Township Board, and the board was happy to put $100 thousand aside as well. Armada Board and Bike is looking to raise the last $80 thousand by the end of this summer to build the park. We plan to break ground in September of this year and will be completely done by the end of the year.

The kids, still going strong, have been pushing hard to make this dream a reality. Armada Board and Bike has been sending out applications for grants as well as making a Gofundme.com page to help raise the last bit of money that we need. For updated news on what we are doing, you can check out our Facebook page at Armada Board and Bike Skatepark. It has taken a lot of work, a lot of time and a lot of patience but, in the end, we are looking to get this park done.

FB_IMG_1465376288140I would like to thank you for your time in reading this and taking into consideration of what we are doing for the community and most importantly Make Macomb Your Home. The asset of having this skatepark in the community will help bring more people together as well as bring those from outside of the community into Macomb County to see what we are all about.

Please take your time to watch the video on our Gofundme.com page at http://www.gofundme.com/armada-skatepark and our Facebook page at Armada Board and Bike Skatepark to get a more vivid view of what Armada and Armada Board and Bike are all about. If you have any questions or comments for Armada Board and Bike, please message us on Facebook or email us at Armadaboardandbike@gmail.com.

Jacob Grizinger is vice president of the Leaders of Armada Board and Bike and has been working on the project for the last five years.

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