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Middleton riding park a step closer after big fundraiser success


MIDDLETON - A riding park in Middleton is a step closer after a major fundraiser in May brought in about $5,200 for the facility that is expected to break ground at Rotary Raceway Park in the near future.

The Heart of the Valley BMX and Skate Park Society had already raised $15,000 on its own and the May event at Annapolis East Elementary School put them over the $20,000 mark.

The group also has promise of support from the Town of Middleton and the province, with the Rotary Club of Middleton and Upper Clements Parks are supporters. And they’re hoping for money from Annapolis County and Ottawa.

“Committee members Amanda White and Sandra White really got the ball rolling by the amazing amount of work they did on this event,” said Chris Hiltz with the society. “And people jumped in without any hesitation and really made this event gain its own momentum.”

Indeed the elementary school was packed with people who had come out in support of the proposed park that will cater to BMX bikes, skateboards, and scooters. Plans are for a riding park at Rotary Raceway Park close to other facilities like the tennis courts and ball fields.

 

The Event

The May 7 event included a ticket auction, live auction, bake sale, and barbecue.

“The number of donations of items and services provided by local businesses and residents followed up by the number of people who came out to the event was overwhelming,” said Hiltz, “and really showed the community spirit and support for the project, the town, and most importantly local youth.”

Ron Stoddard was the auctioneer for the live auction and also arranged for the band Jammers which really brought the day to life on stage, said Hiltz.

Miss Kelly’s bakery, along with many generous members of the community donated baked goods, Hiltz said.

“We started the day with five large, well-rounded tables that sold out so fast,” he said. “I turned around and it was gone -- they were handing me the last box to auction off.”

Hiltz said that as always with events supporting the park, Cool Moves BMX group riders and parents played a very active part, from roadside advertising to keeping the barbecue and food stand going all day -- which also sold out.

And if that wasn’t enough support, Judy Balcom won the 50/50 draw and donated her winnings back to the park.

 

Big Thankyou

“Once again we would like to say a big thank you to all who attended, volunteered, and supported,” said Hiltz. “Combined efforts raised just over $5,200.”

The riding park project started as a small group’s project, but now really feels like the community’s project, he said.

“The society will keep working towards the goal of building the park in the fall, as more fundraisers will be planned throughout the summer to fall,” Hiltz said, adding that if anyone is interested in joining, or making a donation, the society meets the first Monday of every month at the Middleton Regional High School library. Posts for meeting dates and contact information can be found on the Heart of the Valley BMX & Skate park Facebook page.

The Heart of the Valley BMX and Skate Park Society had already raised $15,000 on its own and the May event at Annapolis East Elementary School put them over the $20,000 mark.

The group also has promise of support from the Town of Middleton and the province, with the Rotary Club of Middleton and Upper Clements Parks are supporters. And they’re hoping for money from Annapolis County and Ottawa.

“Committee members Amanda White and Sandra White really got the ball rolling by the amazing amount of work they did on this event,” said Chris Hiltz with the society. “And people jumped in without any hesitation and really made this event gain its own momentum.”

Indeed the elementary school was packed with people who had come out in support of the proposed park that will cater to BMX bikes, skateboards, and scooters. Plans are for a riding park at Rotary Raceway Park close to other facilities like the tennis courts and ball fields.

 

The Event

The May 7 event included a ticket auction, live auction, bake sale, and barbecue.

“The number of donations of items and services provided by local businesses and residents followed up by the number of people who came out to the event was overwhelming,” said Hiltz, “and really showed the community spirit and support for the project, the town, and most importantly local youth.”

Ron Stoddard was the auctioneer for the live auction and also arranged for the band Jammers which really brought the day to life on stage, said Hiltz.

Miss Kelly’s bakery, along with many generous members of the community donated baked goods, Hiltz said.

“We started the day with five large, well-rounded tables that sold out so fast,” he said. “I turned around and it was gone -- they were handing me the last box to auction off.”

Hiltz said that as always with events supporting the park, Cool Moves BMX group riders and parents played a very active part, from roadside advertising to keeping the barbecue and food stand going all day -- which also sold out.

And if that wasn’t enough support, Judy Balcom won the 50/50 draw and donated her winnings back to the park.

 

Big Thankyou

“Once again we would like to say a big thank you to all who attended, volunteered, and supported,” said Hiltz. “Combined efforts raised just over $5,200.”

The riding park project started as a small group’s project, but now really feels like the community’s project, he said.

“The society will keep working towards the goal of building the park in the fall, as more fundraisers will be planned throughout the summer to fall,” Hiltz said, adding that if anyone is interested in joining, or making a donation, the society meets the first Monday of every month at the Middleton Regional High School library. Posts for meeting dates and contact information can be found on the Heart of the Valley BMX & Skate park Facebook page.

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