Community garage sale will raise funds for skatepark

Community garage sale will raise funds for skatepark

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The plans for the Small Wheels Park project were revealed at Lion's Park on Sunday. Jesse McKinnon, a teacher at Southern Okanagan Secondary School, is a member of the project's committee. (Vanessa Broadbent photo)

Plans for the Oliver Small Wheels Park project have been released and will be on display at a Community Garage and Plant Sale on Saturday hosted by Oliver Parks and Recreation.

The event on June 2nd at the Oliver Arena is a chance to check out multiple family garage sales under one roof and the proceeds from table rentals and the BBQ sponsored by Kevin’s No Frills will go to the Oliver Small Wheels Park project.

The project is an effort to revitalize the current skatepark facility that was built in 2000 in Lion’s Park by a committed group of residents in memory of Joel Waines, an avid skateboarder who died tragically at the age of 16.

“The park is in desperate need of repair in order to keep the legacy of the space alive,” said Carol Sheridan, Manager of Oliver Parks and Recreation.

In March a public input workshop hosted by New Line Skateparks was attended by approximately 25 people who provided ideas to be used to create new concept designs.

The designs were released for the first time on an open house at the skatepark in Lion’s Park on Sunday May 27th. These plans will also be on display at the Garage Sale event on Saturday and feedback forms will be available for people to submit input concepts.

Sheridan is hopeful that the greater community will throw their support behind the project to make it a reality.

“It is wonderful that the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society, the Kiwanis Club of Oliver and the Oliver Legion have listened to the needs of our youth and are willing to invest dollars in increasing their social and physical activity opportunities and give them a renewed sense of pride in their community,” said Sheridan.

“Anyone and everyone who thinks improvements to the existing park are a good idea, whether they are skateboarders, scooter riders, BMXers or parents of children and youth who ride can have a real impact on the success of this project.”

It is estimated that the total cost of the project will be around $250,000. The official fundraising campaign kicks off on June 2 with the Community Garage & Plant Sale and will continue throughout 2018 and beyond until sufficient funds are raised.

There are several private and corporate donor opportunities for those wishing to put cash or in-kind support behind this worthwhile community investment and Sheridan is hoping more groups will come forward with ideas to raise funds within the community.

To book a table for the Community Garage Sale call 250-498-4985 before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1. One table is $10, 2 tables are $15, $20 for 3 up to a maximum of 4 for $25, with all proceeds to the Oliver Small Wheels Park project.

The sale and BBQ will be open to the public Sat June 2 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To learn more about the Small Wheels Playground project contact Carol Sheridan directly at carol@oliverrecreation.ca or 250-498-4985, or visit the project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oliverbcsmallwheels/.

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