Sup­port needed for com­mu­nity park

The Delhi News-Record - - FRONT PAGE - JA­COB ROBIN­SON jrobin­son@post­media.com

The mo­men­tum that was once be­hind build­ing a skate­board/ com­mu­nity park in Delhi has waned, but the project is far from dead said one county of­fi­cial.

Donna Jones, Nor­folk’s child/ youth spe­cial events co­or­di­na­tor, said that a group in­ter­ested in see­ing a new play space added in Tobacco Town will need to grow in or­der for the project to get back on track.

“We started off with a very, very ac­tive, keen, core body group of adults but, as with any­thing that’s go­ing on, it needs more than four or five ac­tive mem­bers,” Jones said.

“I know it’s not a fad, I know it’s an amaz­ing way to ex­er­cise and stay healthy and have ca­ma­raderie with your friends. I just need to know it’s still alive and well in Delhi and (if peo­ple) want to work to­wards cre­at­ing this en­vi­ron­ment.”

In June of 2015, Nor­folk coun­cil gave ap­proval in prin­ci­ple to the con­struc­tion of a $275,000 skate­board and com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity. The hope was that a Tril­lium grant would be se­cured as well as fund­ing from coun­cil and the com­mu­nity. A board of adults and young­sters was formed but is in need of more folks will­ing to do­nate a few hours a month. Adults are also re­quired to help fur­ther show the com­mu­nity’s in­ter­est, Jones said.

“We need to have a youth per­spec­tive, a youth body who is will­ing to come to some meet­ings and share their ideas be­cause it is all about what they are in­ter­ested in and their cre­ations are,” Jones ex­plained.

“It would mean get­ting to­gether and hav­ing some ma­jor dis­cus­sions again and see­ing if this is some­thing that’s worth­while.”

Jones feels the current hia­tus – no fu­ture meet­ings are cur­rently sched­uled – is an op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to ask some ques­tions about the park, and fu­ture of Delhi in gen­eral. Other area fa­cil­i­ties in Sim­coe, Port Dover, and Port Rowan have been lauded by users while pro­vid­ing a safe place to skate, bike etc.

“Is there a need in Delhi for a skate­board park? Do you know any chil­dren who would ben­e­fit from it?” Jones asked.

“Nor­folk County is al­ways will­ing to lis­ten to what the com­mu­nity finds as a hole or a need. We’re not sit­ting in an en­vi­ron­ment where we can au­to­mat­i­cally give it to you, but we are very in­ter­ested in lis­ten­ing to what the needs of the com­mu­nity are, and work­ing to­gether as a part­ner and as a team to see if we can fa­cil­i­tate it.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved can con­tact Jones at 519-426-8866 ext. 2302 or Todd Knech­tel, Nor­folk’s su­per­in­ten­dent of parks and re­cre­ation oper­a­tions west at 519-426-5999 ext. 2273.

PHOTO COURTESY CANADIAN RAMP COM­PANY

A group push­ing for a skate­board and com­mu­nity park to be built in Delhi has reached a stand­still. Though not giv­ing up their cause, the small hand­ful of com­mu­nity mem­bers are hop­ing oth­ers will join them in 2017. The Canadian Ramp Com­pany put this ren­der­ing to­gether of what could be put in the park.

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