Committee looking to expand Adam Piercey Memorial Skate Park

Christopher Vaughan
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With the first phase of the Adam Piercey Memorial Skate Park completed, the skate park committee is looking to raise funds for new pieces of equipment.

Maria Churchill, chairperson of the Adam Piercey Memorial Skate Park Committee, addresses members of Stephenville Rotary on Feb. 26.

“Our goal is to fill the asphalt pad down there with skate park equipment,” said Maria Churchill, skate park committee chairperson, during an address to Stephenville Rotary on Wednesday.

“Last year’s skate park equipment is amazing and it’s state-of-the-art, safe, well-lit and in a good location – but we don’t want to lose the kids that are using it now. So the older they get, the less difficulty they’re going to have with their (advanced) jumps and their moves when we expand on the skate park.”

The skate park committee is hoping to raise $50,000 this year for phase two. These funds will cover the cost of installing 14 new pieces of equipment, including new rails, wedges, ramps and pipes.

Ms. Churchill noted a $25,000 down payment for phase two has already been placed with the company that’s designing and constructing the skate park – and they’re hoping to have the new pieces installed in June.

“Although we don’t have the total funds in our account right now to cover the full cost, we are doing fundraising activities and funding applications – and also approaching different community organizations such as yourselves.”

Ms. Churchill said the ultimate goal is to complete the five-year, five-phase project that has a total cost of $263,000.

While she said she liked the plan, Rotarian Debbie Brake-Patten asked whether the area’s population could sustain this type of recreational area.

“Did your committee do any research on demographics to determine what kind of population is going to be here in the next 10 or 15 years to use a facility that’s going to cost that much?” she queried.

Ms. Churchill said they hadn’t done such a study, but noted skate parks are going up across the province, including such places as Lewisporte and Torbay, and that youth from as far away as Corner Brook are raving about the skate park in Stephenville.

Geographic location: Lewisporte, Torbay, Corner Brook Stephenville

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  • Llew
    May 16, 2014 - 14:51

    That's amazing. And Corner Brook doesn't see any problem with having a $56,000, 3-ramp skatepark where only one person at a time can use it. Stephenville for the win.

  • Ty
    February 27, 2014 - 11:59

    With all due respect to Ms. Brake-Patten, we've just gone through this debate over the past year regarding recreational activites in the BSG region (in respect of the WCTC/YMCA). If our town is to grow we need to be showing our committment to these types of facilities/amenities to attract young families. Stephenville is a great place to live, and this is coming from someone who has lived in 3 atlantic provinces, their respective capital cities and few other towns. Our quality of life is second to nobody, and recreational commitments such as this are a huge reason for that.