“Save The Turf” movement gets a little help from… Pearl Jam?
Last summer, we brought you the story of the Turf, a legendary skatepark that was unearthed by Greenfield construction crews and briefly resurrected by area skaters. Though the park was quickly re-buried, aging skate-rats hoping to relive their Thrasher-rific pasts established the Save The Turf Foundation, a movement that garnered the support of folks like pro skater Lance Mountain, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3’s Tony Hawk. Now, after months of apparent inactivity, the movement has gotten a huge boost from another high-profile fan: Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament.
According to a story from the Greenfield Patch, the Save The Turf Foundation has been selected as a recipient for Pearl Jam’s fan-run Wishlist Foundation. The group chooses charities on behalf of PJ’s members, and organizes fundraising events in their honor. Since Ament is an avid skater, the Turf project makes perfect sense. (Tosa Skateboarders United has also been selected.) A fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 2 at Hemingway’s Port Of Call in Lake Geneva, and will serve as a warm-up party for the band’s 20th Anniversary blowout Sept. 3 and 4 at Alpine Valley.
Looking for even more Pearl Jam? The Cameron Crowe-directed Pearl Jam Twenty will screen Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Oriental Theater. It may or may not include footage like this: