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Lindsay's first skate park opens at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes

DAN CEARNS, The Standard

KAWARTHA LAKES: On a warm and slightly breezy day; Tuesday, April 11th, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes officially opened a skate park in Lindsay.

The park is located on the grounds of the Boys and Girls Clubs site, at 107 Lindsay Street South, just near the basketball courts. This is also a milestone for the community, as this is Lindsay’s first permanent skate park.

“The skate park, here, was a dream from 2010. So, it’s a long time coming, and it’s really made a huge impact already on the club. The cement was barely dry and the youth were here using the park on skateboards, on bikes, and on scooters. It’s really already brought so many youth right to our door,” Boys and Girls Club executive director, Amy Terrill told The Standard.

The project was made possible through funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Government of Canada and the families of Dominic and John Fox.

A press release, from the Boys and Girls Clubs, stated, the “new park is compatible with scooters, BMX bikes and skateboards, and will be available seven days a week for Club participants and the public,” but, there will be specific hours reserved for club programs.

The official opening event included a ceremonial ribbon cutting, and demonstrations from local trick masters.

“It’s an amazing group you have here, it works so well, and the community appreciates you every single day in everything you do. So, congratulations on another beautiful endeavor,” MP Jamie Schmale said, at the event.

After seeing the project move from site selection to the breaking ground phase and now to the official opening, MPP Laurie Scott expressed her glee, “We are finally here.”

“It’s just fabulous. I’m so pleased it all worked out and everybody came together,” she further added.

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