This is the second Fort St John Skatepark Committee meeting I have attended, they happen every two weeks at the moment. If you look back two weeks ago [HERE], I introduce what is all going on with getting a new, much-needed, skatepark in Fort St John. I also mention why I am involved, even though I don’t actual skate very well.
The meeting tonight covered three main points, presenting to City Council, ideas for the website and the mission statement of the committee.
Presenting to City Council
The presentation will be happening at the August 8th council meeting, which will take place at 3pm at City Hall (everyone should come). The premiss of this presentation will be to ask the City for land for the new skatepark. The committee is able to fundraise to have the new park built, but we need the land to do it. We will be presenting with an ideal space in mind, one that is not only accessible to everyone, but also in a high visibility area. Have it in a high visibility area is one of the key factors we want to see with the new park. By doing this we are hoping it will deter any mischief and mayhem, which isn’t even caused by those who use the current park for what it is intended for.
Bottom line is we want to show City Council and the community as a whole that we are a group of positive, honest people who want to help build a recreational area the community can be proud of (and is comparable to parks like Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd).
Ideas for the Website
This is more my fortay, which I need to deal with, but there is a lot a website can be for a small group. Essentially it can be the face of the group and where all important information is stored.
Some of the ideas we talked about included, have a full on media section where we can showcase the local talent that Fort St John possesses, an area to show all those who have supported the park and group, our mission statement, the latest news, contact info and how anyone can donate.
A few more ideas rolled around for the website and I have a few I want to maul over for a couple of days, then I will begin putting them into action.
There is not much to say in this area, but we have started to form an official mission statement. The normal stuff, who we are, what we stand for, what we want to accomplish, etc. When it is done it will be displayed on the website like I mentioned.
That pretty much wraps up that meeting. One thing I would like to point out, from a tourism aspect, is that Fort St John is the only community in the Peace Region that doesn’t have a “recently” redeveloped skatepark. The idea we flowed, form the tourism aspect, is if this park is built it will complete a circuit that will draw southern skaters and riders to the area. The speed skating track in the Pomeroy Sport Centre brought skaters from Calgary and Vancouver, why can’t a new skatepark work the same way.
As always “Like” the page on Facebook to follow what is happening and consider attending the August 8th City Council Meeting.