Skate park needs your votes
By Jenn Watt
Haliburton Junction Skate Park needs online community support if it is to win the grand prize in the Aviva Community Fund competition.
Dysart et al has already been actively fundraising to improve the skate park on Maple Avenue, which has poor drainage and worn structures, and is hoping to get a financial boost from the contest.
More than $18,000 has already been raised in the community toward the $75,000 to $100,000 needed.
According to Andrea Mueller, recreation program co-ordinator, the money will be used to pour new concrete at the current site and expand its footprint as well as improve drainage.
“Right now water pools there after heavy rain,” she said.
Dysart also wants to build concrete structures to replace the wooden ones, which are only a few years old, but have already started to deteriorate.
Mueller has been soliciting advice from local kids who are meeting with her this week and professional plans have been drawn up. “If we get more money, we'd like lighting as well,” she said.
If Dysart got the full amount and money was left over, they would like to add outdoor gym equipment.
“The local gym recently closed and people are looking for affordable ways to exercise. It is imperative that we make improvements to our park space. The park has a beautiful setting overlooking Head Lake. There is a playground, but the equipment is limited to young children,” the online entry says.
“It's been something that's been thrown around,” Mueller said of the idea of gym equipment. “We want to see more happen in the park.”
Improving the skate park means providing better equipment for youth in the community. To keep young families in Haliburton, there needs to be things for their kids to do.
“I think we have a lack of facilities for youth. ... If you don't play hockey, what do you do?”
The township hopes to raise enough money to do the construction on the skate park by April of this coming year.
The voting period lasts from now until Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. You can vote once every day. To vote, go to: www.avivacommunityfund.org and search “Haliburton.” Then click on the campaign and follow the prompts.
The ideas with the most votes in each of the categories (the skate park is in the community health category) will become finalists.
The top 30 finalists in each category are reviewed by Aviva Community Fund judges, who choose the winners. Small idea winners can receive $50,000 and big idea winners receive $100,000.
Another grand prize, called the Broker Supported Grand Prize, of up to $100,000 will go to one of the finalists who received a vote from an Aviva broker.
All finalists receive a $5,000 donation to go to a charity of their choice.