The latest video by the (Tony Hawk Foundation) Skatepark Project highlight stories of community transformation in and from the installation of the Lauridsen Skatepark in Des Moines, Iowa.
"There was a dogged persistence in skaters trying to land whatever they were trying to learn," notes IAF organizer Paul Turner. "In terms of advocacy, it's kind of the same."
The full story, told by Turner and AMOS leader Jan Hill, can be read in the Des Moines Register.
Story Behind America's Largest Skatepark, RIDE Channel [video]
In an interview by Michael Libbie of The News Hour, Project IOWA executive director Julie Fugenschuh explains the origins of the training program and how it benefits trainees, businesses and the larger community.Read more
Black Iowans Fell Profiled by Police, Des Moines Register
The Des Moines Register notes that the juvenile justice system is "slowly evolving in response" to long lasting consequences on youth from court involvement, an issue raised by AMOS earlier this year. The front page story below includes the impact of such an approach on at least one Iowan teen.Read more
"In the disagreement between Polk County officials and the citizen group AMOS, logic seems to favor AMOS. Especially in the long run.Read more