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Final push for Nelson skate park

Rob Levesque, left, and Shane Johnsen, owner of Tribute Board Shop - Samuel Dobrin photo
Rob Levesque, left, and Shane Johnsen, owner of Tribute Board Shop
— image credit: Samuel Dobrin photo

The Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skate Park Society have launched a new fundraising campaign to collect the final amount needed to reach their goal.

Rob Levesque of the society says things are looking "really good" for the project now.

Those seeking to support the cause are invited to donate on a variety of levels.

Individual square feet of the park are being sold at $50 each at Tribute on Baker Street, as well as online at the new website, nelsonskatepark.com.

“People can also donate on various levels starting at $500 for bronze and up to $15,000 for platinum,” said Levesque.

“Everyone who donates on these levels will be permanently recognized at the skatepark.”

Those purchasing square feet of the park at Tribute will receive a sticker recognizing the donor’s support for the project.

Shane Johnsen, owner of Tribute, said with Paypal integrated into the website, people can donate even as little as a dollar if they wanted to.

Currently, the group has about $450,000 of roughly $600,000 needed to fund the skatepark.

“We just had a meeting with the city and they’re really behind this,” said Levesque. “They’re going to help us out in a big way and lots of contractors are stepping up and saying they want to help out, so things are really shaping up.”

Levesque said they hope to break ground in June.

“It’s not 100 per cent... that’s optimistic, but I’m an optimistic person.”

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