In 2008 the community of Forks and West End Surf & Skate raised enough funding to have Seattle based Grindline Skateparks build a world class skate park in the town's Tillicum Park. This gave local youth an outlet to explore a whole new world and the subculture of skateboarding.
But last year the town's only surf/skate shop closed it's doors and this old school logging town lost a lot of it's skateboarding community due to lack of equipment in the West End.
This is where we all come in...
On May 1st, 2014, the West End will have a skate/surf shop once again. But this is more than just a shop... it's a Wilderness Creative.
A charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit community run Skate Swap / Art Gallery / Venue / School of Life / Whathaveyou that demonstrates the lifestyle of REDUCE REUSE RE.SHRED.
As a community will we run this shop as well as our online store that provides used skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding gear in exchange for donations toward the Non-Profit.
What We Need
We need $40,000 USD to complete the first phase of the project: one year's rent paid and a base platform of savings to get our next phases rolling.
If we exceed that $40,000 we'll be able to invest our energy into even greater projects for our community and expand our efforts to spread the idea or REDUCE REUSE RE.SHRED world wide.
Having an alternative outlet for the youth of Forks, Washington will be monumental. For many years, the city's economy was fueled by the local timber industry. With recent declines in the industry, Forks has had to rely on the nearby Clallam Bay Corrections Center and Olympic Corrections Center as a source of jobs.
By creating a positive environment through our Non-Profit that pushes DIY... we can teach the community to create their own things with the resources around them, run blogs and online craft stores and begin exposing their creations to the world via the internet.
This isn't just for the youth out here. It's for the entire community.
Bi-weekly we will offer community projects on screen printing, recording music, making a personal video, blog creation, bird house building, gardening, preserving foods, surfboard repair, yoga and wilderness survival.
As the timber industry declines and the Twilight Tour busses go into retirement the community is seeing their town turn into a ghost.
Forks is a unique place. We love it and we want to watch it thrive!
Other Ways To Give
If you can't give financially, you can still help by
- Ask folks to spread the word and make some noise about the Wilderness Creative and REDUCE REUSE RESHRED
- Share our story
What You Get
Donate $5 and you get a year long subscription to our ZINE. The first issue of RE.SHRED drops July 1, 2014.
RE.SHRED SUBSCRIPTION ($5)
Any donation of $25 gets you a sweet RE.SHRED SHIRTTEE-SHIRT ($25)
Any donation of $100 gets you a sweet RE.SHRED Wilderness Creative Hoodie and an online subscription to our community built ZINEHOODIE and ZINE ($100)
Any donation of $1000 gets you a sweet RE.SHRED skateboard deck, a RE.SHRED jacket and you get to be a producer on our upcoming full length documentary for festival release.BOARD, JACKET, ZINE and PRODUCER CREDIT ($1000)
MACKLEMORE SKATE PERK 1
One of a kind Macklemore donated Krooked Zip Zinger autographed skateboard ($1000)