Around the same time next year, the community of Mitchell may have their own skate park.
Tim Fehr, co-chair of the Mitchell Community Center and District board, said plans were underway to build a 5,200 square foot concrete skate park south of the tennis courts.
The announcement comes less than two years after an 11-year-old boy from Mitchell sent a letter to Hanover city council asking for the skate park.
“If we had a skate park in Mitchell, we could just be scootering anytime and not having to wait for our mom to be ready to take us,” Nixon Penner told the Council at the time.
It was Penner who suggested to the Council that the skate park be built next to the tennis courts.
“There is a lot of room for that,” he wrote. “Even if you only built a few ramps to start with, that would be better than nothing.”
Fast forward less than two years and Penner makes his wish come true, in the same place he suggested.
“I think (the letter) helped the cause,” suggests Fehr, who recalls seeing the letter in 2020.
Fehr says that over the years hockey and baseball have received a lot of attention in Mitchell. He notes that the community center board now wants to build something different, in order to meet other interests.
“It will benefit all those BMXs, scooters, skateboards,” he says. “Even we want to create a section where you could bring little kids during the day just to push their little scooters.”
Fehr admits the project is not yet complete, noting that there is still a lot of fundraising to be completed. He says it’s estimated to cost around $ 242,000, plus some landscaping when completed. Fehr says the project will likely be funded through fundraising, grants and with help from the Rural Municipality of Hanover.
“We’ve just accepted the design stage,” he says. “We have a lot of hard work to do over the next year here, fundraising and teaming up as a community with this project.”
If all goes according to plan, Fehr says they hope to put the shovel in the ground in early 2022 and complete it in July of next year.
“It’s a big project for Mitchell,” he says. “We are very excited about this.”