"In 1996, Donelon noticed more and more kids around the neighborhood picking up skateboards. But they didn't have a safe — or even legal — place to skate. Kids ended up skating on private property or the streets most of the time, which led to them being ticketed by police or getting into serious accidents..."
Great write up about the Dew Tour and ASK's involvement.
ASK gets a nice mention about upcoming Dew Tour event on Jun 16-18, 2017.
Amazing week of press for ASK Foundation! Check out this great article on Gazettes.com
"Today, skate parks and skate plazas are virtual must-haves in every Long Beach park. The ASK Foundation puts on events at several different parks in every part of the city. Donelon has convinced many of those who come to skate to stay, and start working in the community."
Great Gazettes.com article that discusses Dew Tour and ASK Foundation's involvement:
Great article about ASK Foundation's very own, Mike Donelon, the Dew Tour, the roots of ASK and skateparks in LBC!
Action Sports Kids Foundation is proud to be an ambassador and ASK members as official spokespeople for the Dew Tour when the tour hits Long Beach on July 23-24th, 2016.
This will be a crazy weekend with some of the world's best skateboarding, a crazy custom skatepark built for the tour, and ASK will be at the center of it all!
Check out the video and press release for more info:
2015 was a busy and productive year for the ASK Foundation! Below is a recap of our accomplishments:
SKATEPARK CLEAN UPS
- McBride Skate Park
- Houghton Skate Park
- Michael K. Green Skate Park
- Bixby Skate park
- El Dorado skate park for Councilmember Stacy Mungos’s Long Beach
- Volunteer Day
BEACH STREETS LONG BEACH
- Attended planning meeting with ASK interns.
- Sponsored a skate park demo at Houghton Skate Park.
ASK FOUNDATION “ROAD TRIPS”
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia gave the 2016 State of the City speech last night and unveiled a video promoting all that is great about our city. The video features ASK team members skating at McBride Skatepark. Enjoy!
On July 3rd, The Boathouse On The Bay and John Morris hosted an Independence Day celebration complete with music, dancing, dinner, an air show and a spectacular fireworks display over Alamitos Bay. The event was a fundraiser for ASK Foundation and was a rousing success.
On Thursday, July 10, 2014, the Emerica team had a BBQ at Cherry Park in Long Beach, CA to benefit the Action Sports Kids Foundation. Skateboard legends Andrew Reynolds and Ed Templeton were there and the kids were stoked to be able to meet the team and skate with them. The vibe at Cherry Park was great. Thanks Emerica for coming out and thanks Olloclip for the lens that allowed us to shoot awesome pictures!
Post By ASK Long Beach President, Cory Keen
Happy New Year!
2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year for ASK Long Beach.
On the skatepark front, there probably hasn't been another year with so much activity: Orizaba Skatepark is getting an expansion in February. The Armory skate spot breaks ground in February as well. Drake Skatepark will see a complete overhaul, as well.
ASK is also excited to announce our new skate and BMX team. The team will be going to various contests and events throughout the year, so stay tuned.
We are proud and incredibly forunate to have help with our hosting from Acquia, the biggest Drupal hosting and services company out there. Asklongbeach.org is built on Drupal and being on Acquia's reliable and easy-to-use service gives us peace-of-mind and room for growth in the new year.
In addition, Acquia gave us the opportunity to write a blog post on their site telling the ASK story. Check it out!
An amazing video telling the ASK story was put together by the legendary Mike Manzoori.
This video tells our story in 4 1/2 minutes. Please watch and share with friends! Incredibly powerful stuff.
Great article about the success of Mike Green Skatepark at 14th and Pacific/Pine.
"From many perspectives, one of the park's jewels is the skatepark. Occupying 7,000 square feet with the requisite ramps, steps, railings, fun-boxes and half-pipes, the facility has been hugely popular with kids and many parents."
Action Sports Kids Foundation had an amazing 2012.
Here is a recap of our year. And stay tuned for an even MORE amazing 2013!
Video highlights of the ASK-sponsored BMX jam at McBride on Dec. 15, 2012:
"Here’s the video from last week’s SOMP jam that Nigel Sylvester put on at MLK. Highlights include Jacob Cable bunnyhopping ridiculously high and Gabe Brooks doing the cooking dance."
"More and more these days, kids in inner-city Long Beach are turning to skateboarding to avoid the life of violence and drugs that beckons from the streets. Unfortunately, sometimes it finds them anyway."
Great writeup on Gazettes.com for the ASK Long Beach-produced Art In Action event on October 20, 2012.
Amazing video by THF about the runaway success of McBride Skatepark here in Long Beach. If this doesn't make you tear up, then you are probably a robot.
Please take a moment to read this amazing article on Gazettes.com about the Long Beach Skatepark Program, and the success that Mike Donelon and ASK Long Beach, and of course the help from the Tony Hawk Foundation.
"Long Beach has long touted its bike friendliness, but Tony Hawk Foundation organizers say the city is just as important of a beacon for skateboarding — maybe even more so."
ASK LB is proud to support our special needs children on Saturday, Sept 15, 2012 at 1pm to the Unconventional Foundation for Autism's 2nd Annual “JOEY’S HOPE" event at The California Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center in Long Beach.
ASK Long Beach will be in the house!
More info at: http://www.uf4a.org/UF4AEvents.html
Check out the Spring issue of SKATEPARK INSIDER, the official publication of the Tony Hawk Foundation, and the great write up of McBride Skatepark.
Here is a very nice article about ASK's event recently at McBride.
"An excellent short film produced in 2011 explores the skateboarder's perspective on public space in Auckland, New Zealand, and how politicians and designers can actively inhibit or enable skateboarders. Featuring interviews with politicians, architects, public officials and many, many skateboarders, the film looks at what tends to be an antagonistic relationship between skateboarders and the planners and builders of the public realm. Skaters grinding on handrails and ledges in public plazas is a common annoyance for cities.
The Jeffery Dempsey Jr. Memorial AM/Jam was a HUGE succes for our skate park community and the City. Much thanks to the Jeff Dempsey Jr. family, Mayor Bob Foster, Councilman Dee Andrews and Senator Alan Lowenthal for sharing the day with us. Special shout out to Chris Soriano for receiving the first Jeff Dempsey Jr. Award for his respect for our sk8 parks and for being a role model for the many kids that ride our skate parks. Also to Fernando Cardenez and Zachary Fontenez for recieving the ASK recognition awards for their commitment, support and help at ASK LB!
"The Am/Jam will combine education with skate and bike fun, plus food and prizes. The elite squad of Skatedogs will give free skateboarding and safety lessons to the first 26 kids under age 12 - and those kids will also receive free skateboards and helmets."
From the LBPost.com:
"Understanding is the difference-maker. That's the overarching reason why local nonprofit Autism in Long Beach is holding its 2nd Annual Bully-Free Zone Picnic this Sunday: because the more understanding people have of the autistic, the better off we'll all be."
"Autism in Long Beach's 2nd Annual Bully-Free Zone Picnic takes place Sunday, June 3, from noon to 5 p.m. at Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave., LB 90805). For more information, call (562) 234-4755 or visit autisminlongbeach.org."
We are turning on the blog features on the ASK Long Beach site. Would kind of things would you like to see us blog about?
Long Beach makes the top-ten list of skateparks per 100,000 residents!
In the past, Formula Drift has proudly sponsored The ASK Foundation, working with us to promote our mission to help at-risk youth. 20 l 2 marks the first year that we will host a skate demo event alongside the Formula Drift race April 6th & 7th in Long Beach, California. The skate demo allows our Action Sports Kids to demonstrate their talent and skill while giving us the opportunity to raise awareness of the need for safe environments, activities and education for our youth.
"Donelon, as you already know, is the Godfather of Skateparks in Long Beach. For more than 15 years he has hectored politicians and other city leaders to build skateparks all over in town, especially in the central area where kids don't always get what they want."
"As someone who has traveled all over the United States, and has had the privilege of skating skate parks all over such as the famous Burnside Skate Park in Portland, OR, I will stand tall and proud, vouching that Long Beach has the best skate parks in the nation."
"As the founder of the Action Sports Kids foundation (ASK), Donelon has helped many teens and young adults become active in the community, promote skateboard and BMX safety, and give Long Beach youths a positive alternative to gangs and street life."
"Tony Hawk and a group of pro athletes joined about 300 city officials and local youth on Saturday for the grand opening of the Ernest McBride Skatepark in Long Beach, California. The Poly High neighborhood, where the skatepark is located, is home to one of the country’s most diverse urban communities, yet few recreational opportunities are available for its youth. The new 10,000-square-foot skate plaza is considered by local leaders as the area’s best chance to keep kids active, healthy, and safe from gangs and crime..."