Public Square Group is a non-profit dedicated to supporting skateboarding, art and civics. Our members are volunteers from every corner of Northeast Ohio drawn together to help put something back into the thing that gave us so much.
- To utilize skateboarding as a vehicle for connecting generations and promoting the arts, physical fitness, community development, civic engagement and economic development.
- To educate civic leaders, teachers and parents on the positive benefits of skateboarding as it applies to engaging the youth of a community.
- To combat juvenile delinquency and civic apathy by engaging youth with productive activities related to skateboarding such as art and design, music, creative writing, architecture, manufacturing, marketing and urban planning.
- To assist communities and professionals in improving public spaces and parks by providing information and expertise on integrating skateboarding into the public space.
Why Public Square?
Public Square is downtown Cleveland’s public plaza. It serves as a park, event venue, museum and living legend of the spirit of Cleveland.
But it has also been a very fun place to skateboard. It served as the meeting ground for many skaters in northeast Ohio since the 1980s. It is where the east side meets the west side. It served as a galvanizing force for skateboarding in the mid 90s before skateparks and before you got $100 tickets for skating downtown.
However, the value of a “public square” for a skateboard scene is immeasurable. Skateboarding has evolved with public architecture going back to it’s roots on the sidewalks of California. Skateboarding brings life to public spaces that sometimes show no signs of life at all. And these places bring their own character and leave their mark on all who skate them.
All skateparks need to meet these basic needs for the skating community in each town. Skateboarding is a free, “public” activity. There are no membership fees, no dues, no rules, no teams. The structure is formed by the skate spot itself and the riders who participate there.
You can support PSG by becoming a member. It only takes a few seconds and will help them demonstrate the support they’re receiving. Being a member of PSG has several benefits:
- Discounts on Public Square Group events
- Get help with skateboarding in your neighborhood
- Volunteer at events and contests
- Skate in demos and contests
- Sign up for Skateboard Lesson Sessions
- Become a Skate Counselor
- And lots more in the future!
Current PSG Projects
PSG focuses on projects that will benefit the skateboarding community here in Northeast Ohio. We also support and utilize the creative talents of our skaters in everything we do.
Skateboard Lesson Sessions
Can skateboarding be taught? It can if you simply get the right mix of skaters together in a safe, smooth location. Lesson Sessions are scheduled sessions with experienced skaters trained to work with kids and parents while holding true to the core nature of skateboarding: Have fun – and you will learn anything you want.
Check out Lesson Sessions for Summer 2009
From our roots in the Lakewood Skaters Association, this is the first skatepark we worked on. It is a small park that was talked about for 15 years before the city of Lakewood finally committed to doing it. It also represents the first true legal skatespot in Northeast Ohio. Phase one construction is complete and we are raising money for phase two. Visit Site
Historic Slavic Village has been home to the annual East Meets West skateboarding event since 2008. The neighborhood has a growing skateboard scene and is central to the region. Broadway Ave is an ideal location for a neighborhood skatepark that would provide the entire region with a new node on the local skatepark circuit. Photos and Video from East Meets West 2009
Cleveland Skatepark – Columbus Road Peninsula
With the current North Coast Harbor skatepark slated for decommission, the City of Cleveland has begun the process of relocating the main skatepark to the banks of the Cuyahoga along the Columbus Road Peninsula. This skatepark represents the first step in a greater initiative to bring people-powered recreation to the Columbus Road Peninsula. Visit Project Page
Know Skateboarding Day
As a means to raise money for skateparks and to start to unify the disparate scenes of the midwest, we created “Know Skateboarding Day”. Each one will entail several aspects of skateboarding and attract a regional audience and raise money for a good public skatepark project.
If you have questions, ideas or what to know more feel free to get in touch.
Public Square Group, Inc
17000 Madison Ave
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
Email: contact (at) publicsquaregroup.com