Rossland’s young residents brought their skateboards and skooters to the curling rink on Saturday to raise money for the Rossland Skatepark.

Skatepark kicks off campaign

The Rossland Skatepark Association held an event at the Fall Fair on Saturday to kick off a fall fundraising campaign.

The Rossland Skatepark Association (RSA) kicked off its new fundraising campaign at the Fall Fair on Saturday with the 6th annual Miner Threat Mini Ramp Skate event.

Rossland kids were welcome to bring their boards and scooters to the curling rink where a number of ramps were setup for them to practice tricks, and entry was by donation.

Funds raised during the new fall campaign will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000, and will go toward constructing the new skatepark, which is now slated to be opened sometime in 2016.

The RSA will also be fundraising at Yodel.org, where Rosslanders can log onto the site and create challenges to raise money for the park.

Previous examples include a young Rosslander unicycling every day in December and the skatepark committee doing a polar swim.

So far the RSA has raised $130,000 of $400,000 needed to complete the park, but board member Heath Clement says that doesn’t include any inkind donations.

“There’s a lot of volunteers and people around the area who’ve volunteered their time or labour or materials,” said Clement. “We’re getting our final drawings tweaked right now to get actual material take-offs, so then we can hopefully start brining that number of $400,000.”

The fall campaign will conclude with the return of the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Oct. 30 at the Miners’ Hall.

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