CONWAY — The United Bikers of N.H. recently helped the Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park push over the $20,000 mark.
Family friend John Hubbard of Jon Hurteau Heating Services of Albany teamed up with the United Bikers of N.H. and Barton Motorsports July 21 to support a 121-mile ride. They were escorted by two New Hampshire State Trooper motorcycles.
The ride started and ended at Barton’s Motor-sports in Tamworth following a heart-shaped course. A barbecue took place after the ride.
The ride will become an annual event, notes Anna Peare, mother of late skateboard enthusiast Kevin Peare, who sadly took his own life at age 31 on July 12, 2017. The ride will be known as the Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park and Suicide Awareness Ride of LOVE, she said.
United Bikers of N.H. supports motorcycle rides throughout the Mount Washington Valley and the state of New Hampshire, according to state president and founder Guy Putman, local president Billy Donatelli and vice president Steve Hartman.
The biker organization has conducted many rides for local non-profits, including the Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park, Jen’s Friends, End 68 Hours of Hunger and Liberty House for Veterans.
For the past year, family and friends have been working to fulfill Kevin Peare’s dream of a skateboard park through grants and fundraisers such as the motorcycle ride, as well as a car show, a funergy festival and skateboard art show.
The group needs to raise about $400,000 to complete the task.
In terms of a location for the park, they have looked at various sites, meeting with Conway Town Manager Tom Holmes, Town Engineer Paul DegliAngeli and Town Planner Tom Irving.
They are still hopeful that someone will step forward to aid their cause concerning land.
They have drawn up sketches, working with Artisan Skate Park Builders and Pillar Design Studios to create a replica of a skate park in Madrid, Spain.
Kevin Peare had moved to Newington in 2014 and was working at Rockingham Electric and as a beer bartender at WHYM at the time of his death.
Donations can be made to: Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park, P.O. Box 210, Conway 03818.