Skateboard park reopens in Bay Roberts
Surveillance cameras being installed this week throughout recreation complex
A grand reopening of the new skateboard and BMX park in Bay Roberts was planned for this past Sunday, ending a 10-day closure prompted by the alarming discovery of drug paraphernalia at the site. The town is spending some $10,000 to install surveillance cameras as Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex.
Summer Reading Club
To be hosted by the Carbonear Public Library for youths ages infant to 13 starting in July and continuing throughout the summer. Along with reading, children will enjoy various arts and crafts and other special events. Registration is June 26, but if this date is missed the children can still attend. There will be three sessions a week starting July 2.
• children younger than 6— Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
• children ages 7-13 — Thursdays at 3 p.m.
For more, call 596-3382
Family Resource Centre (Whitbourne)
Canada Day Celebrations will take place Tuesday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The last day of regular program was Thursday, June 20. For more, call Serena Pomeroy (2271010).
Vacation Bible School
Hosted by the Anglican Parish of St. Matthew and St. John the Evangelist, to be held Tuesday, June 25-28, from 9 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., children ages 4-11 years. For more, call Rev. Amanda Taylor at 786-3024, or email email@example.com.
Legion colour party
A practice will be held for the colour party at the Royal Canadian Legion, Carbonear on June 28, starting at 7:30 p.m. Members interested in joining the colour party are asked to meet at the Legion upstairs at that time.
Clean-up and tree planting
To be held at the South River Waterfront Park on Saturday, June 29, beginning at 10 a.m. For more, call 786-6761.
Summer Reading for Fun
A program sponsored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council, offers FREE tutoring to students ages 418, registration for the seven-week program at the TC Square Carbon- ear on June 29 and 30 from noon to 2p.m. The program will be held in a classroom at The College of the North Atlantic, Carbonear.
Two-stroke marine engine info session
Hosted by the Wooden Boat Museum, Winterton, session and demonstrations in preparation for future workshops, June 29, starts 10 a.m. For more, call Beverly (5832070) or Jennifer (583-2044).
To be held a the Royald Candian Legion, Carbonear, Saturday, June 29 starting at 4 p.m.
Memorial Parade in Winterton
Scheduled for June 30, with members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Carbonear taking part. Members are asked to be at the Legion by 1:15 p.m. to be bused to Winterton at 1:30 p.m.
Memorial Parade in Carbonear
To be held in Carbonear on July 1. All Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Carbonear are asked to be at the Legion by 9:30 a.m. to be bused to the Salvation Army parking lot at 9:45 a.m. for forming up at 10 a.m.
Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School
Hosted by the Bay Roberts United Church Pastoral Charge, to be held at Grace United Church, Coley’s Point, July 2-5, daily from 9 a.m. to noon. For more, call Agnes Allen at 786-6995 or Lisa Clarke at 786-1835.
• In aid of the Coughlan United Cemetery, Harbour Grace, Sunday, July 7 at 11 a.m. In case of inclement weather the service will be held at Coughlan United Church, Water Street. For more, call Pauline Penney (596-7718).
• In aid of the United Church Cemetery, Spaniard’s Bay, Sunday, July 7 at 2:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather the service will be held at the Wesley Gosse Memorial United Church Heritage Building. For more, call Pauline Penney (596-7718).
Boarders and the bikers were expected to once again filing through the gates at the new skateboard and BMX park in Bay Roberts on Sunday following a 10-day closure because of concerns over drug use at the facility.
Visitors to the sprawling Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex were also being assured of some additional security measures in the coming days as multiple surveillance cameras are installed around the site, and patrols are stepped up, Mayor Philip Wood stated today ( June 21).
“No one was sorrier for having to close the park than council and recreation staff,” said Wood Friday. “But safety, of course, was paramount and we didn’t want anyone accidentally picking up any needles and puncturing themselves and getting ill as a result.”
The skateboard parked opened with great fanfare earlier this month following an investment of some $65,000 from the town ($50,000) and the provincial government ($15,000).
Early reviews were outstanding, with young people flocking to the site.
But the discovery of used needles on Wednesday, June 12 brought everything to a screeching halt, with locks being placed on the gates.
The incident made headlines throughout the province, and generated a deluge of comments across news websites and on social media.
The town initially intended to install security cameras at the skateboard park before reopening the facility, but later broadened the plan to include the entire recreation complex, being mindful of the fact that zeroing in on the skateboard park would only move any questionable activity to areas not monitored by the camera.
The town received three price quotes from private firms, and awarded the roughly $10,000 contract to a Carbonear company, Wood confirmed Friday.
The high definition cameras will likely be installed next week, and Wood said town staff will be able to monitor the cameras from their computers or smartphones at all times. He noted that additional cameras may be installed in the coming weeks to cover off any “blind spots.”
Meanwhile, a St. John’s company specializing in skateboard equipment was scheduled to sponsor an official opening at the park on Sunday.
“I’m just happy to see it opening again, and hope we don’t have to face any of these issues in the future,” said Ian Flynn, the town’s director of recreation.
The locks to the new skateboard and BMX park in Bay Roberts were expected to come off on Sunday.