More fundraisers planned for skate park

With well over $100,000 still needed to pay off the skate park here, the Kiwanis skate park committee has been brainstorming new ideas to raise funds in the New Year.
The committee met most recently Tuesday evening and according to member Patsy Roy, several initiatives are in the works.
“In January, we want to get the kids involved in the ‘Polar Plunge.’ They will have all of December to work on getting pledges,” noted Roy, adding perhaps some of the adult committee members also might be brave enough to try it.
“It may not be a mega-money thing, but it’s a way to keep the kids involved,” reasoned Roy. “And helps keep up our profile. It lets people know we’re here and still working away at this.”
The Voyageurs Lions Club’s annual “Polar Plunge” is held every New Year’s Day on Sand Bay behind La Place Rendez-Vous.
Money raised by the “plungers” is split between the club and the respective charity they’re jumping for—in this case, the Kiwanis skate park.
Then in February, Roy said the committee is planning to hold a social and silent auction.
This would be followed by raffle tickets going on sale in March, with the grand prize being a boat and motor package. The draw is slated to be held just before the opening fishing weekend.
Then in May or June, organizers are hoping to hold a skateboarding competition at the new park, involving judges such as pro skateboarder and skate park designer Andrew Kondrat of Barkman Concrete.
Roy said the committee is hoping the competition draws youth from across the region.
In the meantime, Roy noted committee members will continue to push the “Brick the Park” campaign to local individuals and businesses through the winter.
Bricks cost $100 each and will be installed to form a patio surrounding the skate park, with individual, family, or company names on each brick (or set of bricks).
This patio will be built next spring.
Anyone wanting to buy bricks, or simply make a donation, can drop by Skates & Blades (648 Scott St.), or call Roy (274-4244), Rob Tovey (274-6113), Keith Knapp (274-7447), or Duane Cridland (274-7716).
The 9,500 sq. ft. skate park, located directly north of the Memorial Sports Centre, sees a steady number of skateboarders, in-line skaters, and BMX bikers using it every day since it opened last month.
  Costing $250,000 to build, it features an array of ramps, rails, and stairs.