Missoula, Mont. – The Missoula-based Montana Skatepark Association has been awarded a grant in the amount of $100,000 by The Lennox Foundation (a private family foundation). The MSA plans to use the funds to support the creation of their new Drop In program which seeks to fund a variety of skatepark projects in Montana at their various individual stages of completion. Currently the MSA is looking to support a number of projects in conjunction with the Montana Pool Service, a nonprofit created by Pearl Jam bass player and avid skateboarder Jeff Ament.
Established in 2000 in order to build Missoula’s landmark 15,000 square foot MOBASH skatepark, the MSA has since become a knowledgeable and trusted resource for other Montana communities interested in constructing skateboard parks. The MSA’s Drop In program is being created in reaction to the lessons the MSA has learned after its nearly two decades of experience with skatepark fundraising and construction, namely that the energy – and thus the fundraising – related to skatepark projects tend to follow a roller coaster of enthusiasm. The Drop In program will strive to bolster projects when their fundraising cycles are in a downturn, allowing organizers to mitigate lengthy periods of inactivity.
Along with MOBASH skatepark, the MSA is responsible for assisting projects in St. Ignatius, Mont., Helena, Mont., Glendive, Mont., and Stevensville, Mont. both financially and administratively.
For media inquiries or for more information about this press release, please contact MSA President Chris Bacon at 406-207-2691 or via email at [email protected]