March 2012 SaskSecrets

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Yorkton’s Dream of a Skateboard Park will Soon Become a Reality

It was recently announced that the City of Yorkton was named one of the winners of the 2011 Aviva Community Fund Challenge, which comes with a prize of $150,000! These funds, along with city and community grants, will help bring to fruition this community’s dream of creating a park for skateboarding, biking, and walking.

Following their Aviva Community Fund Challenge win, the City of Yorkton agreed to match those funds with another $150,000, and the Community Initiatives Fund granted the group another $50,000 to put towards this project. The City plans to complete the construction of the skateboard park by fall of 2012.

This money will not only fund a new skateboard park but it will also be a significant contributing factor to Yorkton’s new Brodie Avenue Redevelopment Project. This project will rejuvenate an area of Yorkton by rebuilding an entire street to a green space, which will consist of a catch basin and park area that will protect future loss of property due to flooding.   

This new Skateboard Park will have many positive impacts, including: 

• An opportunity/attraction for youth to participate in a no cost, healthy lifestyle activity, creating a place for families and youth to gather and socialize. 
• Creating options for citizens to make positive healthy lifestyle choices, creating a green connector allows people to choose active transportation to the downtown core from the southwest part of the city.
• Downtown revitalization.

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