The target opening date is fall 2017. Preliminary site work has begun.
The permanent Park will draw skateboarders, in-line skaters, scooter riders, bmx and mountain bike enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. It will be located at 500 York St. near the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC), and will be owned and operated by the Town of Bridgewater. (Meanwhile there is a temporary part in the rear parking lot of the LCLC.)
Total project cost for the permanent Park is estimated at $785,000, of which $275,000 has been raised.
A fund-raising committee is pursuing additional funds from private and government sources. Look for a crowd funding campaign this fall.
What will the permanent Bridgewater Skate Park include?
A 10,000 square foot plaza designed to reward skaters, scooter riders and bikers with state of the art features and challenges.
How will the Skate Park benefit the overall Community?
Our community needs to provide positive recreational activities for our youth by supporting vibrant, healthy communities. Skateboarding, for instance, is a mainstream sport, just like others offered in our community, and leads youth to engage in other sports, like snowboarding. This Park will also generate economic activity by bringing visitors to our area. They will come to ‘play’ at the park and stay to participate in events that utilize hotel nights, area restaurants and other services.
How will the Skate Park benefit youth directly?
They will know that it’s a place:
• To be yourself
• For creative freedom
• To make new friends
• For healthy living
• For skateboarders, scooter riders and bikers
And where admission is FREE!
BRIDGEWATER SKATE PARK
How will this money be raised?
To date the Skate Park fund-raising committee has a commitment of $208,500, from the Town of Bridgewater; $40,000 plus ongoing in-kind support from the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg; $15,000 from Michelin North America; $5649 from the Bridgewater Development Association; $5,000 from Dexter’s Construction; and $1000 from the Bank of Montreal, plus other donations totalling $262, for a total of $275,411.
For the remaining funds, the fund-raising committee is looking to sources for similar projects in Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage; corporate sponsors, local businesses and local service groups. In addition, a crowd funding campaign this fall will aim to involve all potential Park users and the broader community.
Who is the Skate Park fund-raising committee?
It’s a committee of the Town of Bridgewater, and includes two Councillors, Recreation staff, Engineering staff and a Town Police representative; a Councillor, Recreation staff and Fund-Raising staff from the District of Lunenburg; skateboarders and other interested community supporters.
When will construction begin?
As soon as the capital funds are in place. (Preliminary clearing of the site began in August.)
How can I keep up with Skate Park news?
How can I or my business make a donation or become involved in fund-raising?
There are all kinds of ways you can give! For a direct link to our online campaign, click HERE!
If you're a potential corporate sponsor, or you want to take the idea of supporting the Bridgewater Skate Park to your boss, click here to download a PDF package.
For more information, please contact the Bridgewater Skate Park Committee c/o Bridgewater Parks & Recreation, 543-2274.
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