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Mission

The mission of Tosa Skateboarders United (TSU – a registered 501c3 Non-profit organization) was simple: to build a skate park in Wauwatosa’s Hart Park.  Our skating and biking youth needed a safe and appropriate place to practice their sport.  There are plenty of baseball fields and basketball courts – why no skate park?  TSU set out to change that by building a fun, safe, and beautiful place for both kids and adults to enjoy for years to come.

TSU is an organization of Wauwatosa residents whose mission is to give the youth in our community a voice, while also reaching out to local businesses and institutions about the importance of youth engagement.  The original TSU founders, which included a group of neighborhood boys with some adult guidance, had clear ideas about their ideal skate park.  They stressed the importance of incorporating green space and making the park an aesthetically-pleasing addition to Hart Park.  They also envisioned a park designed to cater to all skill levels and ages – a spot that would promote lifelong participation in these healthy sports. And from the start, they wanted a park that would be allow skateboarders, bikers and inline bladers.  That’s where the “United” part came in.

The Tosa Skatepark opened officially on November 7th, 2015 with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  The formal City of Wauwatosa Dedication will occur in the Spring of 2016.

About the Park-location and design

The Tosa Skatepark is located just south of State Street between 70th and 72nd Street in Wauwatosa’s Hart Park.  Plenty of parking is available next to the park.  Restrooms are located to the east across 70th street in the new Pavillion building by the playground or to the west on the west side of the Parks Administration building. The skate park is open dawn to dusk.

The design of the Wauwatosa Skate Park focused on two main objectives; creating a safe and fun course for our community skaters and bikers, and crafting a park that will enhance and showcase the natural beauty of Hart Park. The skate park was designed to mimic popular skating elements found within Wauwatosa, and cater to all skill levels and ages, so that skaters from all backgrounds can enjoy the park fully.  Both transition and street elements were incorporated.

The design of the park gives the youth of Wauwatosa a safe place to practice their sport, citizens will get a beautiful park to visit, and the city of Wauwatosa now has a cutting-edge space that will stand out not only among other parks in the Wisconsin, but in the entire United States.

EXPANSION NEWS

draft of expansion

Fundraising is underway for our 2020 expansion.  We are half way to our goal of $150,000.

How can you help?

Expansion Fundraiser on Sunday, Sept 29, Muellner Building from 5-9pm. Get your tickets here  or at the door.

ELEMENT SPONSORSHIPS:  Hand Rail, Pole Jam, Manny Pad, Ledge, Red Curb, Triangle, Curved Pocket, Pyramid Extension. $1000-$2000  Recognition of sponsorship on site. Contact Judy at judy@tosaskate.org for more info.

Buy a Brick: Personalized bricks will be added to the expansion.  Get yours today!

Or just donate here!

 

 

 

 

 

Jack's Story

The memory Jack M. Doyle is a driving force behind Tosa Skateboarders United.  Jack tragically died in October 2006,  and it is believed he may have been playing a “game” that is frequently played by many adolescents: the choking game.  He never could have known that making himself pass out would eventually cost him his life.

As one of the founding members of Tosa Skateboarders United, the organization has felt a significant absence without Jack.  He truly stood out in the crowd with his fantastic ideas and tenacity.  His passion spawned the first TSU website, where he wrote the simple words that carry our operating message: “We want a skate park, but it will take years and take money.”  According to his parents, the first thing Jack ever expressed patience for was the Wauwatosa skate park.

Beyond just having a place for his friends to practice their sport, Jack also wanted to change the perception of the skateboarding youth.  Jack is quoted as having said “we want people to know we’re not just a bunch of punk kids; we just want a place to play!”  The passion that Jack exhibited was not only for skateboarding, but for all the kids of Wauwatosa who desperately desired a safe place to enjoy a pastime that a large percentage of our young citizens participate in.

In 2013, Jack’s parents created the Jack Doyle Memorial Challenge.  They pledged to donate $80,000 to the skatepark project if the City of Wauwatosa and Tosa Skateboarders United would each match.  Within 2 years, the challenge was complete and all the funds necessary to build the Tosa Skatepark were in place. The project was a unique private-public-nonprofit collaboration and eventually went on to raise over $500,000 for the Tosa Skatepark which was completed in 2015.

Our organization deeply misses Jack, and his dedication to this project.  His passion is a large part of why we have soldiered on, despite many challenges, to develop the dream that Jack worked hard to promote.  He’d be so proud of the park that finally got built!

For more information on how to prevent injuries and death from “the choking game”, visit these websites:

http://www.cultureofsafety.com/safety-tips/the-choking-game/

http://www.erikscause.org/

 

Contact Us

Contact us at tosaskate@gmail.com