Organizers of the Caesarea Skateboard Park for Kids happily accepted a donation of $15,000 from Hydro One’s Power Play program, on Friday, Sept. 19. Also, on Monday, Sept. 22, Scugog Council agreed to pay roughly $20,000 for designs and concepts to be created. Photo credit: Benjamin Priebe/The Standard
BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: The Caesarea Skateboard Park project received a notable boost this week - and work has begun on designs, which will decide the future of Putsey Park’s newest addition.
On Friday, Sept. 19, Susie Bollon and the Caesarea Skateboard Park committee graciously accepted a donation of $15,000 from Hydro One’s Power Play program.
The project saw another push forward on Monday, Sept. 22, when Scugog Township also approved $19,868 from this year’s budget to contract a Vancouver-based skate park design firm, Spectrum Skateparks Inc., to begin working on designs and plans for the skate park.
The approximate price-tag on designing costs came in under half of the $40,000 budget originally set aside for the design stage; earlier in 2013 when proponents for the Skate Park asked Council for funding.
Spectrum Skateparks Inc. has designed many local parks, as well as the new skate park in Uxbridge,” said Ian Roger, CAO and Director of Public Works and Parks for the Township of Scugog. “The designs will include eco-friendly concrete and considerations for the Ontarians with Disabilities Act.”
Mr. Roger added that there has been no specification given to Spectrum Skateparks regarding layout - and that the variations are limited only to what the public and local youth decide.
With funding well under way, thanks to Trillium Foundation monies, Township budget allocations, and the support of numerous local fundraisers - a forum will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 30, inside the Caesarea Community Hall, located at 3554 Regional Rd. 57 in Blackstock.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
SCUGOG: For the 86th year, the Caesarea Regatta returns to the shores of Lake Scugog this weekend, bringing fun and games for all ages to the lakeside community.
The event takes place from Friday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 3 in Caesarea, with a full slate of activities at the Beacon Marnia and in Putsey Park.
The event kicks off on Friday at 6 p.m. with a surf or turf dinner and dance at Beacon Marina aboard the Woodman, with seatings at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for this 19+ event are $35 (advance sales only) and can be purchased by contacting Shari at 905-447-3865.
As well, on Friday at 6:30 p.m., is the annual Township vs. Firefighters volleyball competion at Putsey Park.
The fun continues on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. with the costume parade from the Fire Hall to Putsey Park, with this year’s theme being Best Decorated Bed.
A dog show, dunk tank, feats of strength, races and a wide assortment of games for all ages round out the slate of activities for Saturday.
Sunday begins with a pancake breakfast at the Fire Hall, running from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
The fishing derby follows at 10 a.m. at Beacon Marina, with canoe and kayak races getting underway at 11 a.m.
The Lake Scugog Championship Sailboat Race sets sail at 2 p.m., and sailboats must pre-register at the Marina at noon, and pay a $10 entry fee.
Throughout the weekend, donation bottles will be at Sunnyside Market and the Lakeside Restaurant. As well, tickets for the Toonie Table will be available until 4 p.m., on Saturday.
For a full listing of all of the events at the 86th annual Regatta, please visit www.facebook.com/LakeScugogRegatta.