A skate­board park in mem­ory

Vic­to­ria’s new­est recre­ation park opens amid the wind and rain

The Compass - - NEWS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

Those who left home with­out a hood or um­brella on Satur­day, Sept. 27 likely got soaked with the heavy down­pours ex­pe­ri­enced in Con­cep­tion Bay North through­out the af­ter­noon.

But for a mo­ment, the rain stopped in the Town of Vic­to­ria, and just in time for the un­veil­ing of the new skate­board park.

It was a bit­ter­sweet mo­ment for the more than 50 peo­ple who faced the ter­ri­ble weather to see the cer­e­mony, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Vic­to­ria Recre­ation Com­mis­sion, MHA Sam Slade and for­mer mayor Art Burke.

The Far­ron Sut­ton Memo­rial Skate­board Park was named in hon­our of a for­mer res­i­dent of the town. Tracey Sut­ton, his wife, and chil­dren, Dy­lan and Macken­zie, were on hand to cut the rib­bon.

A sub­stan­tial do­na­tion was made by the Sut­ton fam­ily in hon­our of t h e p a rk’s name­sake , although a dol­lar fig­ure was not spec­i­fied.

Emo­tions were no­tice­able, as mem­bers of the com­mis­sion be­gan to speak about the hard word, ded­i­ca­tion and gen­er­ous donors.

Tracey shed a few tears while be­ing thanked, which led to a few more tears from oth­ers in the group.

After the rib­bon was cut, the rain be­gan again, and ev­ery­one went to the can­teen build­ing for cake and drinks.

The park, which is next to the soft­ball field, has been in the works for sev­eral years, but in the past year the money raised was enough to cover most of the equip­ment.

Mem­bers of the town’s recre­ation com­mis­sion have been dili­gently vol­un­teer­ing, fundrais­ing and ap­ply­ing for grants in or­der to cover the cost of the $77,000 park. But it’s not fin­ished yet. The skate­board park will have an ad­di­tion added in the fu­ture, mak­ing the to­tal cost in the $90,000 range.

The park con­tains a small half pipe and an ad­di­tional ramp. There is plenty of room for skate­boards, bikes and scoot­ers.

Although the chil­dren who at­tended the open­ing couldn’t use the equip­ment, they were happy with the chance to wit­ness the open­ing, know­ing they would be able to use it from then on.

Pho­tos by Melissa Jenk­ins

The Vic­to­ria Recre­ation Com­mis­sion has been work­ing hard for the town’s new skate­board park, and of­fi­cially opened it Sept. 27. Mem­bers of the com­mit­tee and fam­ily mem­bers of the park’s name­sake, Far­ron Sut­ton on hand were, from left, Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Sam Slade, for­mer Vic­to­ria mayor Arthur Burke, recre­ation com­mit­tee chair Holly Par­sons, Jenny Lee Par­sons, Melissa Deer­ing, Macken­zie Sut­ton, Tracey Sut­ton and Dy­lan Sut­ton. Miss­ing from photo, Donna Sut­ton and Edna Meadus.

The Sut­ton fam­ily of Vic­to­ria were happy to be a part of the rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony at the new Far­ron Sut­ton Memo­rial Skate­board Park, named after their fa­ther and hus­band. Mem­bers of the Sut­ton fam­ily are, from left, Dy­lan (son), Macken­zie (daugh­ter) and Tracey (wife).

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