Berwick council has released $500 from reserves to help establish a new citizen-led skatepark initiative.
At their July 15 meeting, councillors approved providing the funds to the new Fundraise for Freestyle group that is seeking to build a new skate park in Berwick.
“It’s very early days for this group,” said Deputy Mayor Jane Bustin of the collective of local youth and parents working towards the goal.
The funding is part of the $1,600 remaining in a fund set up by a group that spearheaded development of a skate park in Berwick about 10 years ago. A wooden structure, built behind town hall through the efforts of this group, has since been removed.
Berwick’s finance director Greg Towne said the release of funds will help the new group incorporate as a non-profit organization and give them seed money for their first fundraising event. He indicated finance staff would oversee disbursement of the funds.
Members of Fundraise for Freestyle will be holding a yard sale, barbecue and skateboard demonstration at the Berwick firehall to coincide with Berwick’s town-wide yard sale taking place July 26.