Skateboarders continuing to raise awareness, funds in pursuit of new facility

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Sackville Skatepark committee is continuing to stay active in the community as they try to gain further public support for a new skateboard park facility in town.

Kellie Mattatall, a member of the skatepark committee, said the group has been putting its efforts over the past few months into raising awareness and funds for a new facility. The funds will go towards a feasibility study while the awareness will help build community support.

“We definitely don’t want this falling by the wayside anymore,” said Mattatall.

Since being established as an ad-hoc committee of Sackville town council, the committee has been trying to keep in the public eye by hosting a number of events, both at the park and in the community, including working with the town’s new skateboard leader on holding workshops, demonstrations and presentations.

As well, committee members have been diligently showing up every Saturday morning at the Sackville Farmers Market to sell raffle tickets on a signed 2002 Hayley Wickenheiser Olympic hockey jersey. Tickets will continue to be available until Sept. 21 from committee members, via e-mail at info@sackvillesc.org, at the farmers’ market, or at the agricultural field day during the Sackville Fall Fair.

Mattatall said the goal is to raise about $9,000 in order to have a feasibility study completed, to determine “what kind of park we need and where is the best place to put it.” This study can then be used to apply for larger grants when the time comes to build the park.

The current ‘modular’ skate park, with a few pieces of movable equipment and jumps, said Mattatall, is not designed in a way that encourages greater skills beyond the basics.

“It can only take a skateboarder so far . . . it doesn’t really grow with the skateboarder.”

As well, there is plenty of upkeep with the existing park, which would be lessened with a permanent concrete facility.

Mattatall said the committee is also seeking skaters of all ages and skill levels to march in the Fall Fair parade on Sept. 21 to show solid support for building the park.

“We’re hoping for all ages to tie in with the fair's Time Marches On theme.”

Organizations: Sackville Skatepark committee, Sackville town council

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