‘Skate-a-thon’ to raise funds for skate park

While the new Kiwanis skate park here is ready for youth to skateboard, in-line skate, and ride their BMX bikes on, the committee’s work is far from over—it still has to raise more than $100,000.
But one initiative organizers are hoping will bring in significant dollars is a “skate-a-thon” planned for this Saturday at the skate park, which is located along Second Street East just north of the Memorial Sports Centre.
“Local skateboarders have been going around and collecting pledges,” noted skate park committee chair Rob Tovey. “We hope to have a lot of participation.
“I know pretty much all the schools are participating,” he added.
“Skate-a-thon” organizer Patsy Roy said she’s keeping her fingers crossed the weather is as nice as the forecast is calling for.
She noted the “skate-a-thon” is slated from 1-4 p.m., but added that’s only a rough timeline.
“If they can’t make it at 1 p.m., that’s okay. They can skate for as long as they want,” said Roy. “We’re just hoping for a good turnout. We won’t know until that day.
“And let’s hope that we can top what we got last time, or even beat it,” she added, referring to the first “skate-a-thon” held in late 2002 at the Ice for Kids Arena which raised about $13,000.
There will be prizes—skateboards—for the top three pledge-getters.
Even those who don’t skateboard, ride BMX, or in-line skate are encouraged to stop by during the “skate-a-thon” and check out the skate park.
M&M Meat Shops also will be on hand selling hamburgers, chips, and pop to help raise money for the skate park. McDonald’s also will be providing 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.
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 Tovey (274-6113), Roy (274-4244), Keith Knapp (274-7447), or Duane Cridland (274-7716).