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Green Bay indoor action sports park lost its lease. The skatepark needs volunteers, funding to help find a new, permanent home. – Green Bay Press Gazette


GBASO looking for new home in Green Bay area

The indoor skatepark is searching for a new location after the building it occupied for eight years was sold.

Sarah Kloepping, Green Bay Press-Gazette

ASHWAUBENON – Tyler Marquis remembers his first visit to GBASO seven years ago.

The indoor action sports park’s founder Brian Schroeder offered a warm welcome from behind the counter, then helped him find the right gear to start skateboarding. Marquis, then 11, had played other sports, but in time grew disinterested as the competitive pressure to keep up grew.

GBASO proved different: The vibe was friendly and unique, the kids and adults accepting and the sport liberating. 

“There are no rules or boundaries (to skateboarding). You can just hop on your board,” Marquis said. “Everyone here was so friendly and accepting, which is super-important to me.”

Now, 18, Marquis is the volunteer behind the counter at GBASO, short for Green Bay Action Sports Organization and pronounced “Gee-Bah-So.” Marquis helps kids pick out a new deck or wheels or safety gear. It is he who watches kids working on a new trick, battling through falls and failures. It’s him who, like Schroeder did with him, skates over to someone to encourage them to try again, telling them not to be embarrassed and making sure everyone feels accepted. 

“It gives us kids a safe place to hang out and feel comfortable,” Marquis said. 

The GBASO community now boasts several thousand members and draws families from across northeastern Wisconsin, yet it has also found itself in limbo after the building it has rented for eight years was sold and the new owners gave it 60 days to move out, said Chad Brinker, GBASO’s operations manager. 

“There’s no ‘bad guy’ here, it is what it is,” Brinker said. “It’s a cool spot and organization we have going. We got put in a tough spot.”

Leaders knew this day would come, when someone else would buy or offer more to lease the building at 2600 S. Ashland Ave. Paul Fruzyna, GBASO board president, said long-term, strategic planning was “in its infancy when this popped up faster than we hoped.”

The news came as a collective punch to members and families’ gut. Brinker recalled an audible gasp rippling through the crowd when board members delivered the news. In the week since, some details have come into focus: GBASO will have to close April 11 while simultaneously launching a search for a new building and a Go Fund Me to help cover costs. Launched on March 29, the group has so far raised $6,00.

“We’d like to invite everyone to come and hang out that last day (April 11),” Brinker said. 

Fruzyna said the sorrow is still there, but he takes solace in the outpouring of offers to help coming from the Green Bay area. Since the news came out, he said people have shares so many stories about how GBASO positively impacted their family.

“It shows people are …….

Source: https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2022/04/05/gbaso-green-bays-indoor-skateboard-park-loses-lease-seeks-new-site/7191549001/

GBASO looking for new home in Green Bay area

The indoor skatepark is searching for a new location after the building it occupied for eight years was sold.

Sarah Kloepping, Green Bay Press-Gazette

ASHWAUBENON – Tyler Marquis remembers his first visit to GBASO seven years ago.

The indoor action sports park’s founder Brian Schroeder offered a warm welcome from behind the counter, then helped him find the right gear to start skateboarding. Marquis, then 11, had played other sports, but in time grew disinterested as the competitive pressure to keep up grew.

GBASO proved different: The vibe was friendly and unique,…….

GBASO looking for new home in Green Bay area

The indoor skatepark is searching for a new location after the building it occupied for eight years was sold.

Sarah Kloepping, Green Bay Press-Gazette

ASHWAUBENON – Tyler Marquis remembers his first visit to GBASO seven years ago.

The indoor action sports park’s founder Brian Schroeder offered a warm welcome from behind the counter, then helped him find the right gear to start skateboarding. Marquis, then 11, had played other sports, but in time grew disinterested as the competitive pressure to keep up grew.

GBASO proved different: The vibe was friendly and unique,…….

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