Victoria Skateboard Association, Coun. Jeremy Loveday and some members of Quadra Village Community Association are hoping the city builds a new skatepark in Victoria. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Summerland Skatepark Committee launches fundraising video

Cost of proposed facility estimated at $594,200

The Summerland Skatepark Committee has created a new fundraising video.

The video, online at youtube.com/watch?v=Id9U9ZYRaTc, was designed to highlight the benefits of the proposed park.

“The new skatepark will be located in a more prominent location where parents can feel comfortable having their children go there,” said Erick Thompson, chair of the committee.

The municipality is working to build a park that includes a viewing and socializing area, sustainable development principles, local art and connections to surrounding amenities.

The proposed skatepark is to be constructed on a piece of school district land at the corner of Rosedale Avenue and Jubilee Road.

The estimated cost is $594,200, but at present, the committee has raised less than $150,000.

The committee has submitted grant funding applications and members are looking for additional ways to raise money for the facility.

While Summerland has a skatepark in place, that facility was constructed roughly 20 years ago and is showing its age.

“Summerland youth urgently need a safe gathering place,” said Mayor Peter Waterman. “The surface and transitions at the current park are unsafe and the park will be decommissioned.”

Online donations can be made at summerland.ca/parks-recreation/skatepark. In-person donations can be made at municipal hall, 13211 Henry Ave. Tax receipts will be issued.

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