The Montana Skatepark Association (MSA) is a unique organization because we are all skaters and skate enthusiasts. We have the skill set that allows us to help communities negotiate the seemingly countless details involved in skatepark construction and programming. We know what works and what doesn’t.
We’re passionate about the free, recreational opportunities that skateparks provide. We feel that skateboarding is a healthy, recreational activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages both as participants and as spectators. Skateboarding equipment is inexpensive and the facilities, once built, require very little maintenance.
Since 2000, the MSA has grown into a professional, experienced and committed organization providing support, consulting and funding for Montana communities who are looking to expand their recreational opportunities. We are 100% volunteer based and every dollar that comes into our organization is spent on building skateparks and skateboarding communities.
Please read our history to get an idea of how we came to be and where we are headed. If you are a representative of a community in Montana that is considering the addition of a skatepark or adding programming to an existing park, please contact us. We’re here to help.
Jeff Ament’s Army – A Division of the Montana Skatepark Association
Jeff Ament’s Army (JAA), a division of the Montana Skatepark Association, is specifically dedicated to supporting the charities, artistic endeavors, and philanthropic efforts important to and supported by Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam, and the fans of the band. Their on-going goal is to mobilize and energize the fans of Jeff Ament and Pearl Jam everywhere to effect positive change in the world. JAA is completely fan-run and fan-supported.
Their story began in 2009 when Jeff Ament and Mark Smith were attacked by three cowards in an Atlanta recording studio parking lot. Fans were shocked by the violence, and many were angry. Hoping to make good out of bad, long-time Pearl Jam and Jeff Ament fan Joe Hartgrove created Jeff Ament’s Army as a way to inspire people to do good works in Jeff’s honor. In 2011, he asked Roger McDaniel and Joanna Johnson to come aboard, and, with Jeff’s approval, Joe’s idea took flight.
Girls on Shred – A Division of the Montana Skatepark Association
Girls on Shred (GOS), a division of The Montana Skatepark Association, is a female board-sport organization dedicated to providing opportunities for learning and connecting through an interest in skateboarding and snowboarding in and around Montana. Our goal is to alleviate the pressure and intimidation of a male-dominated platform by hosting clinics that free up a safe space for girls and non-binary persons to learn and develop their skills.
Since 2010, GOS has hosted free snowboarding clinics for women in west central Montana. Created by the wife of the former owner of Board of Missoula, GOS began holding skateboarding clinics under the shop’s current manager Samantha Veysey Gibbons in 2015. To branch out to skateboarding, she reached out to Kim Petersen from the MSA, who has been on a skateboard for over 23 years. Together, they have hosted at least one event per month, and plan on maintaining that standard.