Bob Adams

Nelson skatepark effort ramps up fundraising campaign

The Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skate Park Society gathered at the future site of the park to launch their new donation invitation program.

Continuing the excitement of last week’s Sk8 Fest, the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skate Park Society gathered at the future site of the park to launch their new donation invitation program.

“We’re inviting people to donate to help us with the outdoor skate park on various levels,” said Rob Levesque, chair of the society.

Members of the community are able to donate in bronze to platinum categories, which starts at $500 for bronze and $25,000 for platinum.

“We already have two platinum donors: Shambhala Music Festival and the Hume, which is great,” said Levesque.

For members of the community interested in helping the outdoor skate park on a smaller scale, donations can be made in the “purchase a square foot of the outdoor skate park campaign.”

“For $50 people can purchase a square foot of the outdoor skate park and in exchange we will give them a Willy Wonka style golden ticket to thank them for their donation,” said Levesque. “It’s just part of the kick off and we hope that people really get behind this and and fund this.”

Levesque said the turn out for Sk8 Fest was great, “despite the bad weather.”

“The skateboarding was great. What more can I say? It was a fantastic event,” he said.

The society is still counting how much was raised at Sk8 Fest but initial estimations are that about $5,000 will go towards the outdoor skate park.

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