Turf Rad Ramp discovered

Luke B uncovered what is thought to be the original Rad Ramp from the Turf. It was a craislist find in a farm outside of Milwaukee. His intentions are to bring it back to life, much like ours with the original Turf site.

 

 

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Montreal relocates the Big 0

I guess It can be done. Sounds crazy, but these cats in Montreal made it happen. Is this a possibility to save some of the Turf if we can’t keep the original site??? We have some amazing resources here in Milwaukee. I’d say it’s worth looking further into even if we can just preserve one of the pools. Check it out on skatedaily.net.

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Pearl Jam Benefit Concert Donation

The Pearl Jam concert fan fundraiser in Lake Geneva WI on September 2nd, 2011 with Wishlist Foundation being the sponsor chose Save the Turf
Foundation as one of the seven beneficiaries. They, along with the
efforts of the other volunteers and donors made this event a huge
success! We just got word that they will be sending a check for $1,005 to benefit Save the Turf Foundation! Thanks a ton Pearl Jam, Wishlist Foundation and Fans!

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Charity Auction for Save the Turf

Mark Weastherstone from Alberta, Canada was kind enough to donate the proceeds raised from this auction of an old school Ray Bones complete towards the Save The Turf Foundation. Thanks a ton, Mark! Bid hard and bid high people…a sweet classic deck.

Rare 1982 Powell Peralta ‘Ray Bones Rodriguez’ skateboard

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Making Greenfield a Better Place

The Greenfield Patch put us down on a very short list of projects that would enhance the overall city and make it a better place. Agreed!

http://greenfield.patch.com/articles/how-would-you-make-greenfield-better

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Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament chooses Save the Turf Foundation as fundraising beneficiary

On Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th, legendary rock band Pearl Jam is celebrating its 20th Anniversary by hosting a festival concert series at Alpine Valley, WI.

On Friday, September 2nd, the Wishlist Foundation will be hosting a pre-concert fundraiser event at Hemmingway’s in Lake Geneva, WI in honor of Pearl Jam’s momentous occasion.

The Wishlist Foundation is interested in designating us, the Save the Turf Foundation, on behalf of bassist Jeff Ament, as one of the main beneficiaries for their fundraising event.

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Original Turf Blueprints Uncovered

Yes it’s true. It felt like a Goonie’s adventure as we unfolded the original construction blueprints of our precious pools…..along with a few alternate designs. The alternate designs are mind-blowing. Imagine the lipside gully and the footie bowl as one bowl going as deep as 9′….how about the keyhole and the capsule as one monster pool….believe it. Among this score was also Jerry Steurnagel’s original membership card from December 1978, tons of photo slides, some photo prints that used to hang in the pro shop as well as some that have never been seen, a “how to run a skatepark manual”, and some cassette audio tapes describing how to open a skatepark. Amazing, amazing score of goodies all thanks to former Turf legend, Donnie Nelson. We hope to hold a fundraiser/event show where all of this paraphernalia can be seen. Details to come…

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Another renegade mission at the Turf site….

A little reminder for all to see as they come up the ramp on Loomis in front of the Turf…..

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Wisconsin Historical Society Finds Turf Ineligible for Listing on National Register

Here is a copy of the response we got from the Wisconsin Historical Society regarding obtaining a National Registry. A bummer to say the least.  It appears they’re concerned that the building that housed the pools no longer exists. Beyond that, it doesn’t meet the 50 year old requirement. Although none of these points appear significant to us, they are considered valid as far as national registry goes. Nevertheless, we shall push on and reapply 19 years from now. Hopefully by then, we’ll already have been skating the bowls again….

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Fox 6 Follow-Up Coverage of “The Great Dig”

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Original Fox 6 Coverage the night of “The Great Dig”

Thanks to the Fox 6 crew for providing light so the digging could continue after dark.

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From the Mayor’s office

Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke has been sending out this form letter as a response to all the emails he’s been getting since the movement started. I’m sure some of you are curious as to what it says. Someone posted it on the facebook page, and here are the important parts:

“Thank you for your email—I have received dozens from around the state, country, and world. I’m a lifelong resident (save college and some time away) of Greenfield, and am aware of history of the storied site. Honestly, however, I never knew (until yesterday) the whole story. I keep learning things literally by the minute. I agree that it makes sense to explore every option to see what we can do. I will be working with… the Wisconsin DOT, and other folks with interest locally to look at all options either on site, or off, to preserve, to recreate, and/or to recognize the important heritage of The Turf.

Because of the shear volume of emails, I will be unable to communicate with everyone… until a more formal structure exists. Again, thank you for the email.

- Mike”

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Form Letter from the DOT office

You may have recieved a similar form letter response from the DOT. One of our supporters sent an articulate plea to the DOT and received this response:

“Ms. Gordon,

Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding the Turf Skatepark in Greenfield, Wisconsin.

While the department understands that the park holds special significance to the skateboarding community, safety is the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT’s) top priority.

The land the former skatepark was located upon was purchased to accommodate a new westbound I 894 off-ramp to northbound Loomis Road. It will be used as a staging area during the important Mitchell Interchange core reconstruction contract, slated to begin this fall. Following the construction project’s completion, WisDOT will turn the excess land over to the city of Greenfield, per a memorandum of understanding. The final disposition of the parcel will be decided by the city at that time.

In the meantime, WisDOT contractors, with consent of the city of Greenfield, have backfilled the property to make it a safe and useable space for the construction project and its workers.

WisDOT appreciates hearing your input.

Sincerely,

Emlynn Grisar”

If you would like to email Ms. Grisar as well, here is her email address:
Emlynn.Grisar@dot.wi.gov

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Video: FOX 6 “Ted’s Take” on Protecting Our Turf

 

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Greenfield Council to Meet in Eminent Domain Case.

Greenfield business owners and residents located near the site of The Turf Skatepark have spoken out against the city’s plan to take land for public use. Even the Mayor seems to think it’s a bad idea. Watch the video here.

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Eminent Domain Update

Facing a public outcry, the Greenfield Common Council tonight quickly halted its plans to redevelop the Interstate 894/Loomis Road area, and, in the process, quashed all talk of eminent domain. This effects the land where The Turf Skatepark is buried.

Read More Here.

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Skateboarding has left an indelible mark on American culture.

The Horizons West surf shop in Santa Monica, formerly the Zephyr shop, recently closed. But, the building had been declared a landmark in 2007, which stopped a developer from razing it and building apartments in its place. Read the full story here.

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Video: “FOX 6 Tony Hawk Speaks About The Turf Skate Park”

 

Read the full article here.

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Eminent Domain Update

One of our supporters submitted a link to a new article regarding the eminent domain debate regarding the land surrounding the remains of The Turf skatepark.

Apparently, the redevelopment plan has been dropped. The Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to rescind the Greenfield Crossings redevelopment plan, which proposed a mixed-use project on a 47-acre area near W. Loomis Road and I-894.

You can read the full article here.

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OFFICIAL Save the Turf web store has just launched!

It’s been a small struggle getting going… but all our hard work has finally paid off. We just launched the OFFICIAL Save the Turf web store!

We currently have a quality reproduction of the original Surfin’ Turf tee shirt circa 1979, designed by skatepark co-owner Ray Steuernagel – in all it’s two-color glory. All proceeds will go directly to the Save the Turf fund. We also plan on doing periodic updates on how much we raise, in an effort to be completely transparent.

Thanks everyone, for your patience, and let’s Unearth the Turf – together!

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Jimbo Phillips “Save the Turf” shirt AVAILABLE NOW

They’ve finally arrived! The Save the Turf shirts, drawn by Jimbo Phillips are in stock and ready to order… go scoop yours right now!

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Reproduction Posters Now Available!

We have just re-issued 11″ x 14″ reproduction posters from the original 80s re-opening. Black print on #100 matte cover stock. Get yours now to help support the Save the Turf movement!

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Clearing up the Confusion

To clear up any confusion: the people behind SaveTheTurf.com and it’s webstore are a non-profit group aptly named Save the Turf Foundation. Both the Save The Turf Foundation and the Milwaukee Skateboard Associtation (aka ‘MSA’) have been organized and set up for the preservation of Surfin’ Turf/The Turf skatepark. However, both organizations are currently operating independent of the other.

Any merchandise ordered or donations made to Save The Turf Foundation will be used to help preserve/rebuild the original Surfin Turf’/The Turf skatepark. If this proves to be impossible, all money earned and donated will be used to fund a free public skatepark in the Milwaukee area.

Also, in an attempt to be completely transparent to the public, our organization will post earnings on its website on a regular basis. Any questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome. Please contact us via the contact form on this website.

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Surfin’ Turf Beer Koozies Now Available!

We have just added some hand-screened Surfin’ Turf beer koozies. There’s a limited quantity, so get ‘em before they’re gone. Get yours now to help support the Save the Turf movement!

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The Turf OG “Handplant” shirt AVAILABLE NOW

Now in stock – the Turf OG “Handplant” Tees! These throwback shirts were created from the original color separations given to us by a private collector of Turf memorabilia. Two color design on the front, and a one color image on the sleeve. They are in stock and ready to order… go scoop yours right now!

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The Turf OG “Backside Air” shirt AVAILABLE NOW

Now in stock – the Turf OG “Backside Air” Tees! These throwback shirts were created from the original color separations given to us by a private collector of Turf memorabilia. Three color design on the front, and a one color image on the sleeve. They are in stock and ready to order… go scoop yours right now!

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The Turf “Bell E. Buttons” shirt AVAILABLE NOW

Now in stock – the Turf OG “Backside Air” Tees! Limited Edition Bell E. Buttons “Complete Nudity” Tee. One color design on the front, and a small one color OG Surfin’ Turf logo on the back. They are in stock and ready to order… go scoop yours right now!

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Surfin’ Turf OG Baby Onesies AVAILABLE NOW

Now in stock – Surfin’ Turf OG Baby Onesies for the mini rippers. Available in white only. One color design on the front. They are in stock and ready to order… go scoop yours right now!

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From the Mayor’s office: Update #2

Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke has sent one of the Save the Turf Foundation members an update. Good news – he reassures us that the DOT has agreed to not disturb the portions of The Turf that are underground. This buys us time to raise money toward unearthing our legendary skatepark. The Mayor’s email read as follows:

“I don’t know what will happen, or if there is momentum and resources. At this point, I’m just trying to keep on eye on the subterranean structure so it doesn’t disappear before a decision or an opportunity materializes. I was reassured Tuesday that the “stuff” is still there. You should know that I have almost nothing to say about what the DOT does on that property, but that they have been cooperative and are abiding by their commitment not to destroy what’s left there.

I continue to investigate other options, like commercial support or incorporation into a development (which would contribute to sustainability).

At this point, the bowls are there safe and sound — per the State. All I can do is explore options on my side, and hope that the collective efforts out there help.

-Mike”

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Steven Beaudoin 1968 – 2010

Steve Beaudoin in Thrasher Magazine's article about Turf Skatepark.

As some of you may know, Steve passed away this Wednesday, November 3rd. He and his brothers were local Turf Skatepark legends. He will be missed. R.I.P.

Steve reminiscing at the site of The Turf a few days before The Great Dig

There’s information about his visitation and funeral services here.

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The Mayor speaks on the site of the Turf

A new article posted by the Greenfield Patch that discusses some of the Mayor’s thoughts on the Turf site. Check it out:

What Happens to the Turf Remains to be Seen

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