You can, no doubt, find thousands of videos on the Internet of tricks performed on skateboards, BMX bikes, scooters and unicycles. But for anyone who wants to see such tricks live, there might be no better opportunity than on Friday, Oct. 11 at the St. Marys Skatepark.
That’s when the James Street South facility, located next to the St. Marys Fire Hall, will celebrate its official Grand Opening. And everyone is welcome to attend.
“Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, friends, cousins — they’re all invited,” said Town Councillor Carey Pope, who shepherded a three year-long, youth-led, community fundraising and awareness campaign that eventually led to the skatepark’s approval and construction.
“Come for a free hot dog, come listen to music from DJ Rick, and come and see the kids perform!”
The biggest single chunk of money secured by the fundraising campaign was a $60,000 grant from the provincial government-funded Trillium Foundation. And that contribution was officially recognized with a sign unveiling back in June, 2013, not long after the skatepark was completed and opened.
But according to Pope, there were dozens of other significant contributions — both monetary and in-kind donations of materials and labour — made to the approximately $125,000 project. And during the Oct. 11 Grand Opening, a donor wall will be dedicated in recognition of those contributions.
According to Pope, regular users of the skatepark have been practicing their tricks so they can perform for spectators from 5-6 p.m. There will be an official ribbon-cutting at 5:15 p.m.