This is how you can help
There are 3 easy ways you can proactively support a world class skatepark in Antigonish
1.) Donate to the Skatepark
2.) Email our local MLA
Our local MLA is Randy Delorey. We encourage you to reach out to him to let him know you support a world class skatepark in Antigonish. You can copy paste the message below to send to him. Thank you for your support.
To Randy Delorey, MLA for Antigonish
I am excited that Antigonish is closer than it's ever been to building a world class skatepark. I am impressed with the co-operative efforts and collective goal the Town of Antigonish, The Municipality of the County of Antigonish, St. FX University, the Antigonish Skatepark Association and the citizens of Antigonish Town and County has shown to bring this co-ordinated project to life.
The success of this co-ordination is that each group has been accountable to each other. We encourage you to work proactively day and night to secure the provinces responsibility to fund a portion of this world class skatepark.
The success of the project and efforts of everyone involved now hinge on your ability to provide those funds in a timely manor.
We are all out of "no's". There are no more "wait and see's" left. Accountability has been the keystone of this project and I am holding you to the same standard of accountability.
3.) Talk about your support
We want you to talk to people about the park. Bring it up in conversations. Tell people you are excited about it. Encourage them to come here and see what we have done and what we are doing next. Share it and talk about it online with facebook, twitter and instagram.
There are a lot of misconceptions people have about skateparks and that's ok. This is your chance to tell them some of the benefits a world class public skatepark has on a community.
Here are some talking points:
1. SKATEPARKS REDUCE ILLICIT BEHAVIOR
Skateboarding will be an Olympic event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The myth surrounding skateparks is that they are a breeding ground for crime and other illicit activities. While there will be an occasional “bad seed”, providing designated spaces for positive activities is the best way to curb unlawful behavior among youth. When youth having nothing to do or nowhere to go – that is when they cause trouble.
2. SKATEPARKS PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR SKATEBOARDING
The majority of skateboarding injuries happen outside skateparks. The most common injuries are falls due to surface irregularities and collisions with motor vehicles or pedestrians.
Skateboarding is going to happen whether skateparks exist or not, so the best way to keep youth safe is to provide them access to safe, designated spaces to pursue their activity.
3. SKATEPARKS REDUCE DAMAGE TO PRIVATE PROPERTY
Without designated skateparks, skateboarders will make use of any and all terrain in their community.
This often includes the private property of home owners and local businesses, as well as public spaces such as downtown plazas. Metal skateboard axles and BMX pegs can destroy paint and chip concrete, causing thousands of dollars in damage every year.
Public skateparks are a win-win because skateboarders have a safe place to pursue their passion, while law enforcement, business owners and community members no longer have to spend time, money and energy shooing skateboarders away from their property.
4. SKATEBOARDING HAS SIGNIFICANT PHYSICAL HEALTH BENEFITS
Arguably the most important reason for participating in action sports is the fact that it keeps you healthy and physically fit. Finding an activity that gets kids off the couch and keeps them in shape is vital for the youth of this nation, especially in this time of a national health crisis.
5. SKATEBOARDING HAS SIGNIFICANT MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS
Skateboarding is a unique activity because it combines extreme physical exertion with precise muscle coordination and balance. The complexity of performing tricks on a skateboard improves brain function at a fundamental level and stimulates new cell growth in the brain.
6. SKATEPARKS HAVE A POSITIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT
If you build it they will come.