Upcoming competition hopes to assist with process to renovate Midland skate park

Upcoming competition hopes to assist with process to renovate Midland skate park
(Source: KWES)

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The grind literally hasn't stopped for Midland Skatepark Association founder Dustin Johnson.

"I have been going 24-hours, 7-days a week running this," said Johnson.

Johnson is continuing his grassroots efforts to get the William-Sam Memorial Skatepark in Midland renovated.

"There's a bunch of cracks. You got a drain cover, there are a bunch of ledges near the edge where the concrete is starting to break off in big chunks," said Johnson.

Since he started hosting events and taking donations, he says he's found a company to come and look at the skatepark.

"Get measurements of the whole place, see what actually has to be done, measurements of the new part of the park," said Johnson.

At the end of the day it takes money to get everything going. Johnson added the skatepark association has raised around $1,000.

"The ramp company to go into their contract is going to take $10,000 up front," said Johnson.

That's 10 times more than what Johnson has right now. To help raise more money he's hosting a competition at the skatepark on Saturday, May 12.

"We hold the contest, more people come out, they bring their family, friends and parents," said Johnson.

The competition is bringing out all the skateboarders and BMX riders, from San Angelo and Amarillo to the Tall City.

"The ones from out of town will say yea their park does need some work," said Johnson.

Word about what Johnson is doing is traveling fast.

"We had a skatepark in Tennessee actually reach out to us last week because they're looking to try to do something similar to what we're doing in getting their park revamped," said Johnson.

It's a process for Johnson to reach his goal, because his grind isn't stopping anytime soon.

The competition is open to the public and there is a $2 entry fee. The event starts at 1:00 p.m.

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