September 04, 2016 - 4:14 PM
SUMMERLAND - The District of Summerland and the Summerland Skatepark Committee launch their fundraising campaign for a new Skatepark. School District 67 has contributed the land for the new site, which is located on the corner of Jubilee and Rosedale Road on the north-east section Summerland Secondary School playfield.
After considerable community engagement, public meetings and 3 conceptual design options, the final design by New Line Skateparks Inc. has been selected. The new highly visible 10,000 square foot Skatepark will provide a safe, professionally designed surface with unique features for all levels. This modern, aesthetically pleasing design will be a healthy, positive site for social and physical activity of Summerland youth and visitors. The design will include features to promote and encourage family usage and a multi-generational presence for an age friendly park.
“I love skateboarding because it’s my sport. The new Skatepark would bring kids and the community together,” Max Havers, Grade 8 Student and Summerland Skatepark Committee Member said.
The cost of the project will be $594,200. The Penny Lane Society has led the way with a donation of $135,000.00. Other sponsors have already come forward such as Ink Works, Freeride Boardshop and individuals such as Roy Bain, Richard Barkwill and Carol Mackenzie.
“We are thrilled so far with the support from the community, businesses and school board. The new Skatepark will be a central feature for Summerland, attracting new visitors to the downtown core and enhancing the attractiveness of our community” Mayor Peter Waterman says.
As of today, the Summerland Skatepark Fundraising Committee is launching a Skate-Shirt Design Contest. Go to the Summerland-Skate-Park-Committee Facebook page for all updates, events, fundraisers and information. Designs can use a maximum of 3 colours and contest closes Sept. 30, 2016. The grand prize for top design is a free Skateboard from Freeride Boardshop. Send submissions to Recreation@summerland.ca or in person to the Recreation Office at the Summerland Aquatic Centre.
This kickoff marks the start of the fundraising process in order to secure the monetary requirements to break ground. Donations of any amount are welcome. Tax receipts will be issued. For contributions or inquiries contact the Summerland District Office at 250-494-6451.
“The Summerland Skatepark fundraising campaign is in full swing. The Skatepark Committee encourages everyone to support fundraising events throughout the year. Together, we can make this happen for 2017,” Erick Thompson, the Chairperson Summerland Skatepark said.
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