Adam from the park sent over a little update the other day, including a link to an East Bay Express article about the park, the photo below, and a short message saying that the “foam pit is done, and new ramps including a vert wall, spine, second bowl corner, and step-up are” under construction.
Adam from BayAir just sent this over…
I saw your post about the bike stolen from the Clocktower, read the name in suspect, and felt I should share some possibly relevant info with you.
When I was still in the first stage of building BayAir, Evan Lomax came through to help out for a bit. I asked him to stay and watch the park for about 20 minutes (so we didn’t have to pick up all the tools) while Shane and I left to go buy some more lumber. When we returned, Evan was outside the gate and left in a hurry. As soon as I got inside the park, I realized it had been thrashed. Various items were stolen and broken, the food in my cooler was strewn everywhere and replaced with screws and trash, but worst of all, a Skill Saw was run through one of the finished ramps. After repeatedly calling him and his step father, he finally came down only to hide behind his step father, Mitchell, stare at the ground, and deny having anything to do with the vandalism. I told him he was never welcome at the park again and that if I caught him there he would have a problem.
I believe Evan’s cell phone number is (510) 421-1324.
I read about this one the other day in The Oakland Tribune; for those of you too lazy to read the article, it’s a rider-built, rider-funded park in West Oakland. Click here for directions.
I emailed Adam Keaton, one of the park builders/organizers, with some questions about the park, and he said:
BayAir is a non-profit park designed with the community in mind. We will be allowing riders in the park tomorrow. Oakland youth rides free (must have ID to prove residency) in exchange for keeping the park clean and it’s $5 dollars for everyone else. It has been a long haul just to make it this far. I’ve put up the entire financial backing. We’ve had a few people help with construction, but the majority of the building has just been myself and Shane Sischo. Extra hands are very much needed (two guys standing 8×16ft wallrides is less than ideal…). Our biggest expense is materials, specifically plywood. We are constantly in need of 3/4 and 1/2 in 4×8 ply and 2×6 studs. Obviously cash donations are by far the most helpful (checks can simply be made out to BayAir). Also, we need couch cushons and foam mattresses for the foam pit. We can use full couches and chairs aswell for the spectator area. We had a soft opening yesterday to get the word out and try to generate some more support. In the coming months we’ll have a grand opening where we’ll host a contest, have live music, etc.