‘Skate-a-thon’ raises $2,500

A “skate-a-thon” held Saturday afternoon for the new Kiwanis skate park brought in around $2,500 for the fundraising campaign.
Organizer Patsy Roy noted they certainly didn’t raise as much money as the first “skate-a-thon” held in late 2002 at the Ice for Kids Arena, which brought in about $13,000.
But she noted the event was “good PR,” and it was clear from seeing the 60-plus youth skateboarding, riding BMX bikes, and in-line skating there Saturday that they were truly enjoying the facility, which only became open to them that day.
M&M Meat Shops also were on hand to serve up burgers to hungry “skate-a-thon” participants and parents, with proceeds going to the skate park campaign.
McDonald’s provided free orange drink for the participants.
For those who haven’t checked out the site, the $250,000, 9,500 sq. ft. skate park features an array of ramps, rails, and stairs.
Skate park contractor Barkman Concrete hails the park as having a “developmental design,” meaning it allows new skateboarders and in-line skaters the opportunity to learn while experienced ones have the chance to increase and expand their skills.
Meanwhile, committee members also will continue to push the “Brick the Park” campaign to local individuals and businesses. Five were sold on Saturday to a local family.
While numerous businesses already have purchased blocks of bricks, the committee admitted getting the public’s support right now is crucial to its ultimate success.
It hopes to see even more people buy those bricks now that the skate park is up and running.
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).