Skate park committee, town ink deal Raffle ticket blitz starts tomorrow

Work will start on the skate park here in the next week or so after the committee spearheading the project officially inked an agreement with the town on Friday.
“Today is a good day. It’s taken a long time to get to this point. We’re going to get things going as fast as we can,” committee chair Rob Tovey said moments after sitting down to sign the agreement with Mayor Dan Onichuk.
“The ball’s in our court,” he added.
The agreement covers all aspects of the project, including:
•funding (the town shall not be contributing funds to the project);
•construction (the skate park committee will be responsible for any damage to a watermain on the Memorial Sports Centre property during the construction);
•liability insurance, ongoing maintenance, and operation (the town shall assume responsibility for this if the project is completed to the town’s satisfaction);
•storm sewer design; and
•landscaping, parking, and signage (the park shall be named as the “Kiwanis Skate Park” on a sign erected at no cost to the town).
Tovey noted “test holes” will be drilled at the site north of the Memorial Sports Centre this week to find out how much soil needs to be removed to lay down the concrete pad that will serve as a base for the concrete components the committee has ordered from Barkman Concrete.
The slab could be poured by next Wednesday, or if not, by the middle of June, by local contractor Ken Perry.
After the concrete settles, there will be second pour. The components are expected to arrive in the first or second week of July, noted Tovey.
“If it’s anywhere close to being done, we’d like to open it the week of the bass tournament [July 17-23],” he remarked, adding he’d like to bring in professional skateboarders for a demonstration at that time.
As previously reported, the skate park is expected to cover 9,600 sq. ft. on the north side of the Memorial Sports Centre, and will feature various components (ramps, rails, stairs, etc.) for skateboarders and in-line skaters.
It will cost a total of $180,000, including the concrete pad, skate park components, and landscaping, among other costs.
The committee still needs to raise about $40,000 to pay for the project.
Part of that fundraising campaign will involve volunteers selling raffle tickets for a 60/40 draw. Skateboarders will go door-to-door tomorrow (Tuesday) through Thursday evening, selling the tickets for $5 each.
The winning ticket will be drawn Saturday, June 25 at the Fort Frances Museum (to coincide with the 100th birthday celebration of Scott Street).
Tickets also will be available from committee members, including Tovey.
Committee members also have been promoting the brick campaign to local individuals and businesses. The public is welcome to check out what the bricks look like at a display put up last month at A Buck or Two (209 Scott St.)
Bricks cost $100 each, and will be installed at the skate park with an individual, family, or company name on it.
Looking further down the road, Tovey noted other ideas, such as a July 1 concert to raise funds for the skate park, remain a possibility.
A number of individuals also have made donations to the skate park project. Anyone wanting to make a donation, or give input, can call Tovey at 274-6113.

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