Located at 500 York Street, the permanent concrete park has drawn skateboarders, in-line skaters, scooter riders, BMX and mountain bike enthusiasts of all ages and abilities from communities throughout Nova Scotia.
Total project cost for the permanent park is estimated at $645,000, of which more than $500,000 has been committed by the Town, the Muncipality of Lunenburg, the Province of Nova Scotia, businesses and private supporters to date.
Construction of Phase I is complete, but fundraising efforts will be continuing!
What does the Bridgewater Skate Park include?
A 10,000 square foot plaza designed to reward skaters, scooter riders, and bikers with state-of-the-art features and challenges.
PHASE I -- Construction of concrete bowl, obstacles, surrounding landscape and parking lot preparation
PHASE II -- Construction of pavillion area
How does the Skate Park benefit the overall Community?
Our community needs to provide positive recreational activities for our all ages by supporting vibrant, healthy communities. Skateboarding, for instance, is a mainstream sport, just like others offered in our community, and leads youth to engage in other sports, like snowboarding. This park will also generate economic activity by bringing visitors to our area. They will come to ‘play’ at the park and stay to participate in events that utilize hotel nights, area restaurants and other services.
How will the Skate Park benefit youth directly?
They will know that it’s a place:
• To be yourself
• For creative freedom
• To make new friends
• For healthy living
• For skateboarders, scooter riders and bikers
And where admission is FREE!
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How was money raised?
To date the Skate Park fund-raising committee has a commitment of $208,500, from the Town of Bridgewater; $80,000 plus ongoing in-kind support from the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg; $73,000 from the Province of Nova Scotia's Recreation Facility Development Fund; $15,000 from Michelin North America; $5,649 from the Bridgewater Development Association; $5,000 from Dexter’s Construction; and $1,000 from the Bank of Montreal (BMO); $1,000 from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC); plus other donations totalling more than $2,000, for a total of over $400,000.
For the remaining funds, the fundraising committee is looking to sources for similar projects in Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage; corporate sponsors, local businesses and local service groups. In addition, a crowd funding campaign this fall will aim to involve all potential Park users and the broader community.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
The Province of Nova Scotia's Motor Vehcile Act (MVA) requires those riding skateboards, scooters, bicycles, etc., to wear helmets when using those devices on streets, lanes, sidewalks, and public roadways. The MVA does not extend to encompass the Bridgewater Skate Park, however in the name of safety, the Town of Bridgewtaer strongly encourages and recommends that all Bridgewater Skate Park users to considering wearing helmets and protective equipment while using the skate park facilities. Remember -- if you're on the street coming to or leaving the park on your skateboard, bike, etc., you are subject to the MVA and are required to wear a helmet there. Failure to do so may result in you receiving a ticket.
Who is the Skate Park fundraising committee?
It’s a committee of the Town of Bridgewater, and includes two Councillors, Recreation staff, Engineering staff and a Town Police representative; a Councillor, Recreation staff and fundraising staff from the District of Lunenburg; skateboarders and other interested community supporters.
How can I keep up with Skate Park news?
How can I or my business make a donation or become involved in fundraising?
There are all kinds of ways you can give! For a direct link to our online campaign, click HERE!
If you're a potential corporate sponsor, or you want to take the idea of supporting the Bridgewater Skate Park to your boss, click here to download a PDF package.
For more information, please contact the Bridgewater Skate Park Committee c/o Bridgewater Parks & Recreation, 543-2274.