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Kevin Alan Peare 02/09/86 – 07/12/17

MIssion Statement: To educate our community about the benefits skateboarding can have on our youths’ mental and physical well-being, while raising funds to provide a state-of-the-art skate park. To improve their overall safety, as well as empower, our youth with positive alternative choices.

Kevin Alan Peare February 9, 1986 – July 12, 2017

The Kevin Peare Memorial skate park Committee has been raising funds to build a free skate park

for the Mount Washington valley for nearly 4 years.The skate park will be in memory of Kevin Peare, a Conway Native who passed away in 2017. His love of skateboarding and teaching it to anyone who wanted to learn, spearheaded this project.It was his dream to have a skate park in his hometown and a safe place to practice the sport. After Kevin’s  passing his older sister Caren Peare reached out to the Tony Hawk Foundation (now The Skate Project). Alec Beck the Director immediately contacted her back, He has been guiding the group on how to build a skate park

A group of people were gathered. One of those people early on was Erin Russell, she along with Kevin’s mother Anna and sister Caren. Have worked tirelessly to keep this vision on track. Of course like all committees adding and losing people along the way. Now 4 years later there is a solid group of people with the vision of a skate park on the horizon.

The group met with town officials and a proposal for a skate park to be built in the Mount Washington Valley. It was brought in front of the selectmen, and voted on unanimously. The selectmen voted to put the skate park off the new recreation path running from Cranmore Mountain to the cul de sac behind Walmart in North Conway off Hemlock Lane. This land was taken by the state of NH from the town of Conway to build the proposed bypass in the 1990’s. Now the land is now being returned to the town. (Because, the Bypass is no longer happening). The group is now waiting patiently for the State of N.H. to release land. (Summer 2021)

A professional skate park designer and builder have been chosen.

Caren and Anna Peare( Kevin’s sister and mother) chose a design that closely resembles Tetuan Skate Park in Madrid Spain. Nicole Licari Robertson from Pillar Design Studios personally visited the park in Spain and designed it. Artisan Skate Park Builders was recommended by the Tony Hawk Foundation and will be working with Town Engineer Paul DegliAngeli. The skate park will be a State of the Art concrete skateboarding park, between 8,000 to 10,000 sq feet or a 1/4 acre. It will be free to the public and be owned by the Town of Conway. The group will stay on to oversee maintenance. 

They have created an after school program curriculum “ Skateboarding 101” Working with Project Succeed .

The children are taught safety first . Then they are taught to build a skateboard , then finally learn to ride it. They leave the program with the skateboard they built.This will be something the group will continue once the skatepark has been built. They also are planning on offering classes and summer programs or camps.

Other news,They have become their own non-profit 501(3) C. 

They have raised $60,000 by grassroots fundraising and donations.Holding family friendly and affordable fundraisers.Each January they have The Skateboard Art show at the Conway Public Library, once a year they have The Battle of the Bands and The Wicked Rides car show to name a few. They sell KPMSP merchandise like t-shirts, hoodies, ball caps and stickers and they have donation cans in businesses around the Valley.

Tax deductible donations can be sent  to:

The Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park PO BOX 210 Conway NH 03818

Phone : 603-986-6436   Email : Goskate4kev@aol.com

The design will compliment the landscape of The Mount Washington Valley. The Park is Slated to be approx. 10,000 sq. ft. Cost to build is estimated to be $45 a square foot. The Park will take 2 to 5 years to come to completion.

UPDATE

5/25/2021 We are currently at $60,000!

$1000.00 Donation from Joy Tarbel! Thank you!!

RED ALERT Brought their portable RIG to the Battle of the Bands! Such a great time!

CONGRATULATIONS !! TO IF YOU’RE DOWN!!

Battle of the Bands II brought in $3000! for the skate park ! Watch for our next event!!

THANK YOU TO:

Opening One Dan Band

Judges:
Dan Lettre Reining Battle of the Bands champion!


Brian Charles
North Conway Music store

Steve Salo Music teacher a certified Judge

Bands confirmed :
Unknown
The Lazy Anarchists
If You’re Down
Str8 Bummin
Unforgiven
Kev and Cam

Event Sponsored by
Pinkham Real Estate
North Country Fair Jewelers
North Conway Community Center
Barn Door Screen Printers
North Conway Music Center

Skateboarding Demos and Merch from Red Alert!

11/8/2020  We are currently at approx $55,000 raised after 3 years of fundraising.

The pandemic was devastating to our fundraising efforts .We have halted all fundraisers for 2020. ****We are going on with the 4th Annual Skate board Art Show . Held every year at the Conway Public library All skateboards will be up for bid throughout the month of Jan 2021. ****

THE 4th Annual SKATE BOARD ART SHOW raised over $3000! Thank You!!!

“Grow a Beard 4 Kevin.” The month of Nov,

it will be a winner takes all  virtual event visit us on facebook!

This is Amanda Knightly she was born with CTM muscular dystrophy. She had to start using a wheelchair at age 10.
This is why we need to skatepark! No child should ever have to skate in the street!

Below is our committee members teaching Skateboarding 101 at Conway Elementary, Project Succeed after school program. The children learned to build a Skateboard , decorated it , were taught safety and finally learned to ride! They were able to keep their boards and equipment . If you would like to see this program in your school reach out to us ! Goskate4kev@aol.com