Extreme Sackville event will promote skateboard, bike parks

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Street party on July 8 will feature competitions, games, demonstrations by Matt MacDuff

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Get ready, skateboarders and cyclists. Sackville is hosting yet another street party this summer to celebrate two of the community’s most well-used youth facilities – the BMX bike park and the skateboard park.

This event will build upon last year’s bike park launch, which attracted more than 200 people of all ages as the town marked the official opening of the newly-built facility.

“Last year was such a success, we had such a blast, that this year we wanted to do it again,” said Amélie Jarvis-Lavoie, RCMP community program officer for Sackville.

Jarvis-Lavoie said the new BMX park has been a hit since it opened last summer and the skateboard park has recently acquired several new pieces of equipment “so we wanted to celebrate that.”

Being held from noon to 4 p.m. on Dufferin Street on Tuesday, July 8, the event, known as Extreme Sackville, will feature an afternoon full of activities from games to giveaways (including a bike), a free barbecue and a friendly ‘rail jam’ competition at the skateboard park. The competition is open to all ages, skateboarders and bikers, and the goal is simple: to do tricks or “whatever you can pull off” on a rail.

A bike rodeo for the younger kids will also be held along with bike mechanic clinics and once again there will be demonstrations by pro freestyle biker and YouTube sensation Matt MacDuff.

“And the whole thing is free so nobody needs to bring a dime,” said Jarvis-Lavoie.

Hosted by the local RCMP, in partnership with the town of Sackville, the aim of this event is to promote and encourage pro-social and physical activities for youth, to deter them away from other less favorable activities, as well as to strengthen community relationships in and around town.

Jarvis-Lavoie said the event will also help promote the sports of skateboarding and cycling and encourage even more use of the parks.

“These are two of Sackville’s gems and it’s important for kids to know about them and to make the parents aware of them too,” she said.

Information kiosks will also be set up during the event and emergency responders including RCMP, fire department and ambulance personnel, will on hand to chat with participants throughout the day.

If any other local community organizations would like to have a kiosk to promote their youth programs, please contact Jarvis-Lavoie at amelie.jarvis-lavoie@RCMP-GRC.gc.ca or 364-2794.

“The more the merrier,” she said. “There’s plenty of room for everybody.”

For more info on the Extreme Sackville, check out the event on Twitter at #extremesackville2014 or on Renaissance Sackville’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SackvilleRenaissance.

Leading up to the Extreme Sackville event, the town will host a viewing of Matt MacDuff’s film Project Breathe Easy in the afternoon on July 1. The film features top professional freestyle mountain bike riders and was filmed at a bike park in Truro, N.S., and spearheaded by MacDuff. All donations will go towards Cystic Fibrosis research.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Dufferin Street, Truro

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