Skateboarders and bikers in Lunenburg hope to save a neglected skate park with the help of new funding from the province and municipality.
The skate park was once a place to gather for a generation of skateboarders, but has fallen into disrepair since two local enthusiasts died.
Paul Scott was working on the skate park's halfpipe before he was killed in a car accident in 2004. Another avid skateboarder, P.J. Hanlon, died in a car accident the previous fall.
Since then the park has rotted away and its condemned parts hauled off. Despite a paint job and some new rails, skaters say it's just not the same.
But Paul Scott's father, Robin, says he won't let the park be forgotten.
"My office is right across the parking lot from the park, so it's a constant reminder of what he brought to this place and it gives me an added incentive to push this thing through and see it finished,” Robin Scott said.
New life for skate park
The park is being given $16,000 from the province, plus a few thousand dollars from the municipality. There's also an active fundraising campaign.
The town hopes to build a new permanent concrete park by this fall.
Jesse Watson, the owner of Homegrown Skateboards in LaHave, traces his passion for skateboarding back to the Lunenburg park.
“The spirit of keeping that alive means a lot to kids. The community needs to show that, instead of it just drifting into the past,” he said.
Watson said he hopes the tender will go to a local company.
The municipality's recreation department is still looking for donations for the park.