Alchemy is a federally recognized 501-c3 non-profit dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for youth to learn and grow through skateboarding.

Since 2011, we have legalized skateboarding as a form of transportation in Tacoma, created a skate-based curriculum for high school students to earn credit for skating, taught 100's of kids how to skate at our skateboard camps, established a program to engage skaters with their local government and city officials, and built and opened Tacoma's only indoor skate park.

Alchemy's vision is a future where skateboarders are recognized as positive contributors and an integral part of our vibrant community. 

Alchemy Skateboarding was created because we believe in skateboarding. We know how it can positively contribute to people's lives and we want to share that joy with the community at large. During our first Go Skate Tacoma event in 2011 we circulated a survey and found out that over half of the skaters in attendance had dropped out of high school. This was the catalyst that started Alchemy. We know that skaters are incredibly intelligent, creative, and athletic, and yet so many of them were disengaged with their schools and communities. The more that we researched the more we began to understand how out-dated and inaccurate stigmas associated with skate culture had marginalized a huge group of people in our community and we set out to change that.

We believe in and value respect, integrity, collaboration, diversity, and fun. 

We exist for and by the community and are constantly humbled by the amount of support and love we've received on our journey. If you are interested in donating or volunteering for Alchemy click the links below.

Episode of "Art Town" focused on skateboarding in Tacoma from back in 2014. This episode featured Alchemy Founder: Ben Warner, Alchemy Program Director: Taylor Woodruff, and local skate advocate: Ryan Spence. Its great have something showing how the trio is achieving Alchemy Indoor's motto "Changing the world we skate in"

Video from back in April 2014- Our team of local skateboarders went to Sunnycrest Elementary in Federal Way School District for our first ever in school skate program! Check out this video to see how much fun the kids had and learn more about our programs and mission at