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Buy a Deck, Give the Kids of Detroit a Skatepark

Lost, sometimes, in the endless macabre tales of woe-is-Detroit end-times apocalypse, is this: There’s still three-quarters of a million people living in Detroit, and more than four million in the D’s metro area. That’s not an empty city. This is not Tumbleweed Junction we’re talking about here. That’s a lot of people. People who, ostensibly, would like a little less concern paid to their city’s ruins, spectacular and heartbreaking though they may be, and a little more concern paid to the things in their city that aren’t broken or dilapidated or OOH SCARY, maybe new things, even, like for instance a skate park in Hamtramck. (Note: skaters do not fall under the “OOH SCARY” banner, let us agree on that, skating is lots of fun and great exercise even if some of us weren’t ever coordinated enough to do it well, damn it. Old wounds run deep.) So Power House Productions, which is helmed by a former acting curator of MCA Detroit, is looking to build a 15,000-square foot skate park at East Davison and Klinger, and to raise funds they’re holding an online raffle for more than a hundred skateboard decks, all of which have been decorated by artists of both local and international renown. The auction ends Saturday night at 11; feel free to cast a bid or two at Good Wood Exhibit. (FULL ARTICLE: Ursula Watson, The Detroit News)