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.