This is Seamus, he and his buddies are avid users of the Humboldt Skateboard Park. A few weeks ago when all of the heavy equipment was at Centennial Park, he asked me if they were going to tear out the Skate Park because he heard that at school. I said no, what he heard wasn't true. He then told me about a few improvements they thought it needed, mainly putting a bit of a cement pad on the top so they didn't have to land in the dirt. I told him, when it was originally built, ...the youth had asked for it, fundraising was done and the City of Humboldt partnered to get it built. Seamus then replied, they could get a scooter donated and have a raffle to help out with the improvements ... another discussion for the new council.
This facility is the perfect example of how City Council tries to form partnerships to get recreational facilities built. The Skate Park was built in 2009, while I was Chair of the Leisure Services Committee. Money was donated by John and Carollynn Daschner and a number of community groups. The city contributed funds as well and organized the tendering and construction. A company was hired to build it and local kids, including my two sons, worked with them to design it. Seven years later it is being used by skateboarders, BMX bikers and more recently by scooters. Some lighting was salvaged from the old outdoor pool to extend the useful hours.
This partnership method was also used for the JCI Spray Park, the Humboldt and District Art Gallery (combined with government grants) and can be used in future cultural and recreational projects large and small.
Feel free to share this awesome story and buy a ticket when they have their raffle!!
I would like to introduce myself to those who are new to the community or don't know me. I was born in Humboldt and have lived here for over 50 years. My wife Donna and I have raised our three children here; daughter Hayley (married to husband Chad and daughter Stella), sons Josh and Zach.