Skateboarders working for a park

Skate Park Foundation seeks finance expertise

Local skateboarders such as Olson Advocaat (left) and Will McGauchie (right) are looking for somewhere in Sun Peaks to skate. - Photo Jamie Shinkewski
Local skateboarders such as Olson Advocaat (left) and Will McGauchie (right) are looking for somewhere in Sun Peaks to skate. – Photo Jamie Shinkewski

Skateboarders in Sun Peaks are continuing to raise awareness and funds for a new skate park.

The Sun Peaks Skate Park Foundation ran a fundraising campaign at 5forty Café throughout the winter each Saturday night where a dollar per pint went to the cause, which president Peter Wilson said pushed through over 200 pints and was successful at raising awareness.

“We’ve been doing grassroots basic awareness, getting the Facebook page up,” Wilson said. The foundation will also be holding a fundraiser at 5forty Café on June 11 to coincide with the first Skate Sun Peaks longboard event.

“I think it’s about building a community. How do you get people to move here and stay, and I think part of that will have to be a skate park.”

The foundation received charity status in 2015, and is seeking someone who has financial experience to join the committee. Wilson estimated a small skate park will cost around $180,000.

“I’d really like someone to come forth and help me if they have any experience with grants,” Wilson said.

The Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality will match the first $50,000 the foundation raises and they have a location set in the east village for a recreation area that will include the skate park.

“We’ve set aside a piece of land out at the recreation site,” said chief administrative office Rob Bremner. “That’s where it’s going to go. The rink obviously not, but the rest of it is still going to be a sports and recreation site.”

Currently, skateboarders in Sun Peaks don’t have a location to skateboard and have to make the commute to Kamloops where they note the skate park is full even when other nearby recreation sites are vacant.

“We usually get our parents to drive us (to Kamloops),” said 12-year-old skateboarder Olson Advocaat. “Every day after school we’d just go there. Just being able to not go down to town and just skate up here.”

A skate park in Sun Peaks would create a low-cost activity for people of all ages to enjoy when chair lifts are closed.

“It would bring a lot of people together,” said fellow 12-year-old Sun Peaks skateboarder Will McGauchie. “Not only kids, but adults and all age groups because it’s a thing you can do when you’re three or something you can do when you’re 70.”

“After the lift closes it’s something to do. It’ll be fun,” Wilson said. “This is going to be something that is free to the public and I think that’s important.”

The Sun Peaks Skate Park Foundation will be holding their annual general meeting at the end of month, tentatively set for May 28. Anyone interested in getting involved can contact them via the Facebook page