The Fort Macleod Skate Park fundraiser received a boost last week from the Rotary Club.
Com. Jim Monteith, RI president, presented the donation at the July 11 board meeting at the GR Davis Administration Building.
“Today at the monthly Rotary meeting we decided to donate $10,000 for the skate park,” Monteith said.
Monteith presented the check to the City of Fort Macleod’s Chief Administrative Officer, Anthony Burdett.
Mayor Brent Feyter asked what prompted Rotary to donate to the skate park.
“We’re a pretty easygoing group,” Monteith said. “If it’s a good cause, we’re usually willing to help.”
In June, the council approved a $200,000 budget to build the skate park in the southeast corner of Centennial Park.
The $200,000 budget is to be supplemented by approximately $40,000 in community fundraising.
Centennial Park was chosen as the location because of its notoriety, as well as its proximity to public restrooms.
The design of the skate park will be based on feedback received during open houses.
The main features based on these comments are a fun box, a half pipe, a half bowl, a pump track. volcano overthrow, euro gap and bank with hip.
It was recommended to the city that the skate park include an area for beginners.
People have also requested that trash cans and benches be located at the skate park.
Signage, including rules for using the skate park, will be posted in prominent and well-lit locations.
Once the design is finalized, construction could begin as early as August and end in September.
“Thank you Rotary,” Feyter said. “It will go far.”