KAWARTHA LAKES-Local kids are flying high after the official opening of Lindsay’s first permanent skatepark at BGC Kawartha’s on Lindsay Street.
Participants, politicians, sponsors and partners gathered on Tuesday for the opening.
A $100,000 bequest to BGC Kawarthas from the families of Dominic and John Fox allowed for the final completion of the park with $36,000 of the donation used for lighting of the skatepark.
“Our family has deep respect for the work BGC Kawarthas does to support children and youth in our community – that’s why we have been loyal supporters of the Club’s programs over the years,” says John Fox. “My father Dom would be happy to know that we’ve been able to “light” the new skatepark so that it is safer and more accessible for the athletes.”
The remaining Fox bequest will be used to help support programs at the Club. Check out the video below.
The project also received $475,000 from the Community Building Fund – Capital grant awarded in late 2021 by the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Fund, a non-repayable contribution of $396,750 from the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
The official opening event included a ribbon cutting with donors as well as a demonstration by the professional skateboard team 66 thieves, under the direction of Lindsay’s own Yokohi Calver, a former Club participant as well as nationally recognized skateboarder, tricks by BMX rider Carder Lake.
The new park is compatible with scooters, BMX bikes and skateboards, and will be available seven days a week for Club participants and the public – specific hours will be reserved for club programs.
“The cement was barely dry when more youth began to arrive at the Club, creating opportunities to engage with our staff and other youth services programs and increasing our regular attendance to record levels,” says Amy Terrill, Executive Director of BGC Kawarthas. “We look forward to learning more about the youth who bring their skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes to the park so that we can offer them additional support in a safe and respectful environment.”
The following are some of the activities planned for this year:
- Skateboarding and Swim Camp – August 21 – 25 (register www.bgckawarthas.com) supported by Linborough Property Corp.
- Skateboarding Certification Course – details to come
- Drop-in Skateboarding for Beginners – details to come
For more information on all programs and services offered by BGC Kawarthas, please visit the website BGC Kawarthas.