ACF13396

Grand Bay-Westfield Skateboard/BMX Park

  • Submitted by:

    River Valley Insurance, a member of the Huestis Insurance Group

    Location:

    475 River Valley Drive, Grand Bay-Westfield, NB

  • Idea Created:

    September 24, 2012

    Budget:

    Medium ($50K - 100K)

Overview:

Where can the good kids go?  One of our local youth recently asked the Mayor of our town this very question, in respect to skateboarding/biking in the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield, New Brunswick, Canada. 

Grand Bay-Westfield is a beautiful place to live and raise a family, but is in desperate need of a recreation area for the youth to hang out, namely to skateboard and bike. 

One just has to drive through our town to find youth of all ages, often in large groups, at local businesses trying to jump, flip or just ride around.   They are often told to move along and leave the area.  These kids just want a place in our town that they can go without getting into trouble.  

These are good kids just wanting to be active.  Active and healthy youths lead to active and healthy adults. With the increasing trend of computer and video game usage among the youth of today, a skateboard/bike park will help the youth of our town work towards achieving a healthy adult lifestyle.  

The town is very supportive of promoting healthy active lifestyles and is in the forward motion to enable residents of all ages to be active in various forms of physical activity.  One area that is lacking, however and is truly needed is a skateboard/bike park for the youth of our community. 

The Grand Bay-Westfield town council has approved a motion to further explore the possibility of the skateboard/bike park being built in a municipal owned vacant lot, adjacent to the River Valley Community Center. This location has previously been leveled with lighting installed to be a parking lot if needed in the future. Where the municipal owned lot is in a central location and already having the infrastructure to support extended day recreation, this is certainly an attractive option. The area just needs to be paved, fenced and ramps/jumps installed to turn this dream into a reality.  Funding for this project is what is now needed to help make this happen.

As our community has limited financial resources at its disposal, it is our hope that the AVIVA Community Fund will provide funding to help us build towards our goal for the pavement, fencing and ramps/jumps.   If funding is received, the park should be open and operational by the summer of 2013 for all in our community to enjoy.

Please vote for the Grand Bay-Westfield Skateboard/Bike Park!