The youth entertainment complex is preparing for a new 15,000-square-foot indoor skate park and BMX bike park. Plans also include converting The White Building into a temporary shelter that could provide a safe place for displaced families and young adults in crisis, said Jim Mallory, Rocketown’s executive director.
Before any construction can start, Rocketown needs to raise $5 million and the board of directors still would need to approve the effort. If the money is raised, the expansion would start with a new 15,000-square-foot building. Upon completion, the skate park would be moved out of that main building and be placed next to the new BMX bike park, effectively doubling the group’s space for extreme sports.
Mallory said he would like it to get on the national circuit, referring to BMX and stakeboard championship events that require larger facilities.
The resulting vacant space inside Rocketown’s main building will be renovated into a gymnasium. That space would house operations including a smaller music venue and the Gearheads program, where youth learn to work on engines for go-carts and scooters plus other mechanical skills.
The White Building at 522 Fifth Ave. S. would then be converted into the temporary housing shelter, which would become Rocketown’s first overnight program. A commercial-grade kitchen will be part of the expansion, which would allow for food to be prepared on-site for a weekly potluck that’s among Rocketown’s programs.