By Dave Johnson, The Tribune
Work on the Algoport Skatepark continues at Lock 8 Park in Port Colborne. The facility is expected to be open in mid-October.
PORT COLBORNE - The shipping industry has come onboard and anchored fundraising efforts for the city’s new skatepark at Lock 8 Park.
“Algoma (Central Corp.) gave a large donation and other marine-related industries and suppliers have also donated to the project,” said Mayor Vance Badawey.
“We’ve had an overwhelming response from the (marine) industry,” he said. “The community supports the industry and it just wants to show its appreciation for that support.”
Algoma has given the largest donation to date and has naming rights for the skatepark.
Badawey said Algoma didn’t want to say how much it donated, but added the skatepark will be called the Algoport Skatepark.
The name is fitting, he said, because when completed, sometime in mid-October, the skatepark will look like a ship.
In addition to donations the city has received, the mayor’s youth advisory council is out fundraising for the facility. The youth council set a goal of raising 10% of the cost of the skatepark, budgeted at just under $847,000. The city itself did not have a goal when it came to donations.
Though the mayor didn’t know how much the youth council has raised to date, he said the members are plugging away. Port Colborne Professional Firefighters (International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2307) recently donated $1,000 to the youth council for the skatepark just down the street from their headquarters.
Badawey said the city itself has raised $124,100 toward the project.
LANDInc. designed the skatepark, at the south end of Lock 8 Park, and it is being built by Patterned Concrete. Badawey said construction is on schedule with forms in place and concrete set to pour.
He said the city is looking at a grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 13.
• Lock 8 Park sits beside the Welland Canal and Lock 8, still one of the longest locks in the world
• There is a pavilion area at the park and a viewing area overlooking Lock 8
• The site was chosen because of its proximity to the fire hall
• It is easily accessible from most areas of the city