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BMX, scooter riders try out Middleton’s new all-wheel park


MIDDLETON - It’s big. The new heart-shaped all-wheel riding park in Middleton.

And if its soft-launch just before trick-or-treaters came out on Oct. 31 is any indication, it will be well used.

“Welcome to the newest town facility, the new all-wheel park,” said Middleton Programs and Communications coordinator Andy Kerr as a crowd of young and old alike gathered at Rotary Raceway Park. “Everybody will agree that this is a true testament to a lot of hard work, a lot of generous funding, and a true gathering of the community to put something together like this. And I think it’s pretty representative here today.”

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The project was major in scope but was the vision of young people who met almost weekly over years to accomplish their dream. With the help of some parents, and then the entire community the vision was expanded from skateboard park to and all-wheel park designed with BMX bikes and scooters in mind.

Does it work? The Halloween day launch proved not only that the design is good, but the users are adept and eager. There was no stopping them once they dropped into the bowl. Onlookers were mesmerized by the bikes whizzing around and flying out to land on the deck. And there were cheers. Often.

 

Dream

“This is one of a recreation director’s dreams because the town gets a really great facility and the citizens and community groups did all the work,” said Middleton Recreation director Jennifer Coolen. She said she’s probably going to try it because it does look really fun.

“It was a really great process,” she said. “The company New Line Skate Parks – they did a great job with the design and build. And Pro Pour Concrete was the company out of Hubbards that actually built the park and they were a great crew.”

Mayor Calvin Eddy and other grownups were offered the opportunity to try out the park, but there were no takers. But Eddy was enthused about the riding park.

“It’s just one of those things where all these community groups get together, including the governments, to make things happen,” said Eddy, noting that it started with the community. “And I’m told that there aren’t too many outside the City of Halifax that are like this one.”

He hopes the park takes off and brings young people into town.

“It’s a great facility and we’re proud to have it here,” Eddy said.

Chris Hiltz with Heart of the Valley BMX and Skate Park Society said the riding park has been a big part of his life and BMX riders and skateboarders for the past five years.

 

Awesome

“It’s just awesome to see it here in concrete,” Hiltz said. “Now I can see these kids show up and ride anytime they can ride, weather permitting. I bet you’ll probably see a few of them here shoveling snow out of it just so they can ride.”

“It means a lot to me, it means a lot to the crowd here today, and as far as showing what it means to them I’ll let the riding speak to that in a few minutes,” Hiltz said, adding that he wanted to say thankyou one more time to the town, the County of Annapolis, the province, ACOA, and the Kinsmen Club and the Rotary Club of Middleton. “This wouldn’t be here and I just really, really appreciate all the support and all the help to make this happen.”

Hiltz later gave the word and BMX bikers and a couple of scooter riders took turns dropping into the bowl and flying out.

The facility is part of the town’s Rotary Raceway Park that includes a track, ball field, pavilion, and tennis courts. Also on hand was Middleton’s deputy mayor Dan Smith, mayor-elect Sylvester Atkinson, parents, and members of the community groups involved in making the riding park a reality.

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And if its soft-launch just before trick-or-treaters came out on Oct. 31 is any indication, it will be well used.

“Welcome to the newest town facility, the new all-wheel park,” said Middleton Programs and Communications coordinator Andy Kerr as a crowd of young and old alike gathered at Rotary Raceway Park. “Everybody will agree that this is a true testament to a lot of hard work, a lot of generous funding, and a true gathering of the community to put something together like this. And I think it’s pretty representative here today.”

Previous story on community fundraiser

The project was major in scope but was the vision of young people who met almost weekly over years to accomplish their dream. With the help of some parents, and then the entire community the vision was expanded from skateboard park to and all-wheel park designed with BMX bikes and scooters in mind.

Does it work? The Halloween day launch proved not only that the design is good, but the users are adept and eager. There was no stopping them once they dropped into the bowl. Onlookers were mesmerized by the bikes whizzing around and flying out to land on the deck. And there were cheers. Often.

 

Dream

“This is one of a recreation director’s dreams because the town gets a really great facility and the citizens and community groups did all the work,” said Middleton Recreation director Jennifer Coolen. She said she’s probably going to try it because it does look really fun.

“It was a really great process,” she said. “The company New Line Skate Parks – they did a great job with the design and build. And Pro Pour Concrete was the company out of Hubbards that actually built the park and they were a great crew.”

Mayor Calvin Eddy and other grownups were offered the opportunity to try out the park, but there were no takers. But Eddy was enthused about the riding park.

“It’s just one of those things where all these community groups get together, including the governments, to make things happen,” said Eddy, noting that it started with the community. “And I’m told that there aren’t too many outside the City of Halifax that are like this one.”

He hopes the park takes off and brings young people into town.

“It’s a great facility and we’re proud to have it here,” Eddy said.

Chris Hiltz with Heart of the Valley BMX and Skate Park Society said the riding park has been a big part of his life and BMX riders and skateboarders for the past five years.

 

Awesome

“It’s just awesome to see it here in concrete,” Hiltz said. “Now I can see these kids show up and ride anytime they can ride, weather permitting. I bet you’ll probably see a few of them here shoveling snow out of it just so they can ride.”

“It means a lot to me, it means a lot to the crowd here today, and as far as showing what it means to them I’ll let the riding speak to that in a few minutes,” Hiltz said, adding that he wanted to say thankyou one more time to the town, the County of Annapolis, the province, ACOA, and the Kinsmen Club and the Rotary Club of Middleton. “This wouldn’t be here and I just really, really appreciate all the support and all the help to make this happen.”

Hiltz later gave the word and BMX bikers and a couple of scooter riders took turns dropping into the bowl and flying out.

The facility is part of the town’s Rotary Raceway Park that includes a track, ball field, pavilion, and tennis courts. Also on hand was Middleton’s deputy mayor Dan Smith, mayor-elect Sylvester Atkinson, parents, and members of the community groups involved in making the riding park a reality.

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