On June 9, Seaside will celebrate the opening of its Skate 'n Ride Park. In the past few years, many individuals and organizations have come together to make the skate park a reality. Volunteers have raised funds, built community awareness and worked to make the skate park dream come true. In the beginning, only a few voices spoke up for the need to have a skate park in Seaside. One volunteer has stepped into a strong leadership role, offering encouragement and guidance to many people around her.
Patience and persistence make Angela Fairless an extraordinary volunteer. Her efforts to bring people together have been successful. She spent countless hours dedicated to making the skate park happen.
"I wanted to see a skate park in Seaside. Kids need more stuff to do other than organized activities, and really I just wanted to see if I could make some kind of change by way of the democratic process."
The Skate 'n Ride Park is a collaboration of skate enthusiasts, designers, volunteers and financial supporters. As Angela quickly learned "everything turned out to be much more complex. Everything changed......I quickly started using a planner, and learned a lot about organization."
Volunteers are valued for their contributions, and they learn from their experience. By participating with Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District, Angela learned about working with diverse groups of people, about publicity and event planning. "The most important thing I learned through this project is that one person can change their world. This project has given me faith in the democratic system; it actually does work...just very slowly!"
Angela gave this advice about working with people and government structure:
"Don't listen to the people who say you're wasting your time. You're not. If you're truly dedicated, you can do anything."
Angela would like to share this message about her vision for the skate park.
The Skate 'n Ride Park belongs to our kids.....and ought to be maintained by them as well."
This quote seems to fit Angela and the many volunteers who helped move the skate park from an idea to reality:
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." ~Anne Frank