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Ground Broken for Arthur Skate Board Park

The Brent Barnes Memorial Skatepark in Arthur came one step closer to reality yesterday afternoon with a ground breaking ceremony.
Along with Township of Wellington North Mayor Andy Lennox and members of council, members of the Arthur BMX Skateboard Park Ad Hoc Advisory Committee held shovels and posed for photos at the ceremonial event.
15-year-old Jack Baker was among the committee members present. He’s looking forward to having somewhere to practice on his scooter.
“It’s a spot where we can actually improve our skills,” said Baker. “At the park, we’ll got more experience. It will also be a fun place to hang out, more people will get to know each other.”
Al Rawlins, current secretary for the Arthur Lions Club, said a skate park has been talked about for many years.
“It kept coming up with kids’ groups,” Rawlins said. “Three years ago, the Lions were coming to end of our commitment to Groves Memorial Hospital, and Brent Barnes brought the subject back to the Lions Club.”
So the club made the decision to take on fundraising for the park.
To that end, the Lions will be hosting a BBQ chicken dinner on April 28. Tickets for the drive-thru event must be purchased by April 23, and cost $17 each.
“It’s a fantastic testament to the Lions club,” said Mayor Lennox, “and their willingness to raise money for community projects, which also recognizes one of the long-time members.”
The Canadian Ramp Company is expected to begin construction on the site in the next couple of weeks. The Lions Club and committee are planning an official grand opening to take place on July 1, in conjunction with the Arthur 150 celebrations.
The total cost of the project will be $170,294, plus applicable taxes.