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Middleton: Paving the way to the Heart of the Valley skate park

Cool Moves BMX has been doing demonstrations at community events over the past few years as they also work with others to help plan, and eventually build, a BMX/skateboard/scooter park in Middleton. It could become a reality soon.
Cool Moves BMX has been doing demonstrations at community events over the past few years as they also work with others to help plan, and eventually build, a BMX/skateboard/scooter park in Middleton. It could become a reality soon.

MIDDLETON - Local youth are almost ready to turn their dreams into something concrete.

Chris Hiltz, of the Heart of the Valley BMX/SkatePark Society, said his group has been working to build a skate park at Rotary Raceway Park about the last four years. There are about 15 to 20 members that meet regularly at the Middleton Regional High School.

"When we first started working on this project we thought it would take a year, or two," he said. "Some of the kids who started this now have gone off to university, but every year the group regenerates with new waves of kids who want to be involved."

In addition to skate boarders, and BMX riders, a new group of scooter riders are also getting involved. All of these groups can benefit from having a safe place to practice their sports, he said.

The process of making the dream of a skate park into a real fixture has been a lot of hard work, and a valuable learning experience for the group.

 

Still Involved

He added that the older members are still involved and look forward to seeing their efforts pay off in the new skate park. If all goes well, the group hopes to start construction on the $200,000 project sometime over the next year.

The group has been holding various fundraisers over the past several years including bottle drives, and Cool Moves BMX demonstrations at community functions.

The group's next fundraiser is set May 7, with a music band jam, auction, and bake sale taking place at Annapolis East Elementary School.

Hiltz says so far the group has raised about $15,000 on its own, and has won promises of support from the province and the Town of Middleton. They are also waiting for a confirmation from the Municipality of the County of Annapolis, and a grant proposal made to the federal government.

Other groups that have supported the project include the Rotary Club of Middleton, and Upper Clements Parks.

 

Great Supporter

Hiltz added that the Town of Middleton has been a great supporter of the project, promising $30,000 towards the project, and providing the site in Rotary Raceway Park. This site is close to other recreation facilities such as the ball field and tennis courts, and will provide a safe place for the kids to practice.

The main design the group proposes has a heart-shaped concrete bowl as the main structure, but if funding permits, there are other features they will include.

For more information on the Heart if the Valley BMX Bike/Skate Park Society, visit them on Facebook.

Chris Hiltz, of the Heart of the Valley BMX/SkatePark Society, said his group has been working to build a skate park at Rotary Raceway Park about the last four years. There are about 15 to 20 members that meet regularly at the Middleton Regional High School.

"When we first started working on this project we thought it would take a year, or two," he said. "Some of the kids who started this now have gone off to university, but every year the group regenerates with new waves of kids who want to be involved."

In addition to skate boarders, and BMX riders, a new group of scooter riders are also getting involved. All of these groups can benefit from having a safe place to practice their sports, he said.

The process of making the dream of a skate park into a real fixture has been a lot of hard work, and a valuable learning experience for the group.

 

Still Involved

He added that the older members are still involved and look forward to seeing their efforts pay off in the new skate park. If all goes well, the group hopes to start construction on the $200,000 project sometime over the next year.

The group has been holding various fundraisers over the past several years including bottle drives, and Cool Moves BMX demonstrations at community functions.

The group's next fundraiser is set May 7, with a music band jam, auction, and bake sale taking place at Annapolis East Elementary School.

Hiltz says so far the group has raised about $15,000 on its own, and has won promises of support from the province and the Town of Middleton. They are also waiting for a confirmation from the Municipality of the County of Annapolis, and a grant proposal made to the federal government.

Other groups that have supported the project include the Rotary Club of Middleton, and Upper Clements Parks.

 

Great Supporter

Hiltz added that the Town of Middleton has been a great supporter of the project, promising $30,000 towards the project, and providing the site in Rotary Raceway Park. This site is close to other recreation facilities such as the ball field and tennis courts, and will provide a safe place for the kids to practice.

The main design the group proposes has a heart-shaped concrete bowl as the main structure, but if funding permits, there are other features they will include.

For more information on the Heart if the Valley BMX Bike/Skate Park Society, visit them on Facebook.

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