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Skatepark alliance having fun, making gains

September 22, 2022

Local skater Michael Daniel, Eagles President Sheila
Pruitt, Eagles member Heidi Haworth
and to accept the check, BCSA Treasurer Pam Copeland.
The Boundary County Skatepark Alliance, an all-volunteer skate park advocacy group, formed as a special committee of the Boundary County Parks and Recreation Department Board, is working on the long-term, three to five year goal of replacing the existing and aging 2,000 square foot skate park with a beautiful 8,000 to 10,000 square foot wheeled sports park, designed by our community for our community for skaters, skateboarders, scooter riders, and maybe even BMX bike riders, for decades to come.

The BCSA is a lot like the small group of volunteers who built the playground at Memorial Park, and with only four months in they’re off to a good start, developing fund-raising plans, researching grants and soliciting for charitable contributions. Members of the alliance say they are gaining support every day.

Here’s a good example of that support.

Eagles Aerie 3522 Auxiliary surprised alliance members with an unsolicited raffle at the Eagles fair booth, raising $1,385 for the alliance trust account, to be used as seed money for upcoming fundraisers, to include a Halloween Party from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 22, in the Memorial Park pavilion at the Boundary County Fairgrounds. There will be fun and prizes, with raffle items to benefit the Skatepark Project.

For the Yule the alliance is planning a Christmas Movie in the Becker Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School, and rumor has it that Santa will be there for some photo ops with the kids.

Another milestone is the BCSA website. It’s still under construction but the main page is up and it will grow with the alliance, and promises to be the best place online to find photos from past events, BCSA merchandise, to include stickers, hats and shirts, and updates on our progress that you won’t find anywhere else … unless you come to one of our twice monthly meetings and ask us in person.

The community is always welcome to join us, learn and get involved. The best way to make a park that really serves the whole community is to have the whole community represented. Our meetings are held every other Friday, with the next scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday September 30. They currently meet at the park, so bundle up for the next one as they look into warmer venues to keep things moving during the off-season. There will be at least monthly and likely bimonthly meetings from now until they get this park built!

Questions or Comments? Send us an email!

Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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