Skate­board park re­opens in Bay Roberts

Sur­veil­lance cam­eras be­ing in­stalled this week through­out recre­ation com­plex

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS

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 re­va­man­datay­lor@gmail.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).

Jam Ses­sion

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.

Flower ser­vices

• 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.

edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Photo by Nicholas Mercer/the Com­pass

The locks to the new skate­board and BMX park in Bay Roberts were ex­pected to come off on Sun­day.

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