Skate park open house had low attendance

An information session for nearly $500,000 project had disappointing turn out.

The open house to discuss a skate park in Sparwood, held at the Causeway Bay hotel on Feb. 3, had a disappointing turn out.

The District of Sparwood and the Sparwood Futures Society have been working together to plan the concrete skate park and hosted the event together.

Approximately half a dozen locals took part in the session, though Danny Dwyer who sits as a director with the Futures Society said, “We’re certainly not stopping our work on it as a result of that. We’re still moving forward.”

The design of the park was revealed at the open house and was produced based on the feedback of community meetings.

“We had a number of community meetings and there were different age groups in attendance,” said Dwyer. “We had the opportunity to hear back from the actual people who may be using the skate park who could tell us what they wanted to see.”

Dwyer said the Futures Society still hopes to generate further interest in the project from the youth and that more community input would benefit the project moving forward.

Despite having completed no active fundraising, $70,000 of the half-million dollar price tag has already been raised.

Dwyer said, “We’d love to start construction next year but it really depends on when there’s sufficient funding toward moving forward with the project. We have some resources we can access but we definitely need to raise a substantial amount.”

Plans for future fundraisers are currently in place.