Help Save Parkour Visions!

For: Parkour Visions
Seattle, WA
Organizer: Tyson Cecka
of $100,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 252 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

We have been kicked out of our home and we need your help to secure a new one. The City of Seattle is requiring that the building we rent be seismically reinforced and upgraded to meet current energy code. Rather than pay for these very expensive improvements, or give us time to raise the money ourselves, our landlord has chosen to terminate our lease. We must be out of our home by November 30.  

This is a devastating blow emotionally and financially.  Just over a year ago we invested every dollar we had saved in moving our gym to its current location.  Our staff and friends volunteered their nights and weekends to shape this space into a new home believing that we would have at least six years to make it worthwhile. 

This is a critical moment in the life of our organization. But as you know, parkour is all about overcoming obstacles.  We are committed to keeping our vibrant community together.  With your help we can ensure that Parkour Visions is around for a long time to come.

We set a goal to raise $100,000 in donations by the end of the December to help us through this unexpected transition. A small group of committed PKV families put together a pool of $50,000 and matched every donation up to our goal which amazingly we hit in less than two weeks! Donations are still open and the more we raise the better our next space can be :) 

The funds raised will allow us to sustain operations and pay staff as we continue to provide classes in the community while conducting a thorough search for our new space. It will also provide the money needed for equipment storage and all the move-in and build-out costs associated with a new location allowing us to move in as soon as we find our new home.

Parkour Visions is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the positive benefits of parkour through teaching, design and advocacy since 2007.  PKV has taught the transformative discipline of parkour to thousands of humans ages 3 and up.

Did you know that many employers match employee donations? Look up your company here to see if you can increase the impact of your donation even further! Previous PKV member or interested in recurring donations? Please set up your recurring donation here.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 6, 2017


Posted on December 6, 2017

PKV Move-out complete and fundraising goal met!

Thanks to the great help of over 35 volunteers and some clever packing we've successfully moved the majority of our gym equipment into a 40' shipping container, future class sites, and a few people's garages and attics. We have some plans already for the buildout of our next space (when we find it) and so along the way we deconstructed or sold off some of our largest and oldest equipment that doesn't fit. I'm happy that we even managed to find a new home for the play structure we built in 2014 for the Seattle Design Festival with a similar play based non-profit up on Whidbey island.

To my great surprise in the middle of all of that we also hit our $100,000 fundraising goal thanks to the amazing support of over 250 donors! In just two weeks of this fundraiser being online we hit the $50,000 mark and unlocked all of the $50,000 in matching funds that a small group of committed PKV families put together quickly after our original closing announcement. This is huge deal for our organization as we now have funds to sustain our operations while we search for a new space and start up classes with new partners and friends across Seattle. We'll be setting aside a large portion of the money raised for the build-out of the next space and will keep the campaign open to new donations so that we can make that next gym better than ever before. 

We just got settled into a new workspace thanks to the kind folks at WeWork Seattle and plan to release a new class schedule on Dec 22nd before Christmas with the majority of classes starting early January in the new year. It looks like we'll be able to run indoor classes for kids and adults in both North and South Seattle along with outdoor classes for adults all over the city (outdoor classes for kids will follow in Spring and Summer through new partnerships with community centers across Seattle).

Do you know any gyms with potential space/interest for parkour classes? Please get in touch!

Posted on November 23, 2017


Posted on November 23, 2017

Today was the last day for students to come in and train at the gym. Jumps were broken for the last time in this space and tears were shed. In the last week alone over 400 different people came to classes and open gym to say goodbye to this gym. 

While it's definitely sad hearing how crushed people's kids are and knowing that our class offerings are going to be pretty limited for the next few months, I can't help being optimistic about crafting our next space after the amazing support we've seen from our community in the form of donations and volunteers. It's been less than a week since we put out this campaign and we're already 75% to our goal :)

You all are awesome and I'm looking forward to the future space we'll build together! 

Side note: Did you know you might be able to get your contribution matched by your employer? Lots of companies have employee giving programs and you can look up yours here - potentially doubling your contribution!

Posted on November 18, 2017

Posted on November 18, 2017

Wow! Twenty four hours in, and we're already almost 25% of the way to our goal! You all are incredible.

And remember, every dollar you donate will be matched 100%, doubling your contribution. 

Keep sharing with your friends, your family, and your parkour community.

Thank you so much, and we can't wait to find and build our new space!

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