A skateboard park in memory
Victoria’s newest recreation park opens amid the wind and rain
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.
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).