Last week — Thursday, June 21 — was International Go Skateboarding Day.
Tom Atkins of Nelson and District Credit Union met with Rob Levesque and several local skaters at the foot of Baker Street to celebrate the day with an announcement of the donation of $10,000 to the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skate Park Society.
The relationship between NDCU and KLOSPS goes back 10 years when Nelson skate park pioneers approached the Credit Union requesting some help, reflects Tom Atkins of NDCU.
“It all started with some in-kind donations of binders, pens and some photocopying," Atkins explained.
"Here was an informal group of skaters, parents and community members that got the ball rolling with a meeting at the old Lord Nelson banquet hall."
"NDCU recognized the tireless commitment of this group early on, and we are happy to be here today with this announcement of $10,000 for the Nelson outdoor skate park,” Atkins added.
NDCU’s commitment to youth goes far beyond financial literacy and scholarships. An investment by credit union members in an asset such as this park will add significantly to the vitality of this community.
Youth arts, culture, social responsibility and recreation initiatives are also widely supported through their community investment program.
“The future looks bright," said society president Robert Levesque.
"This has been one heck of a year, we got our location, we've acquired a design and the community support has been phenomenal. This kind of donation means everything. To have an organization like Nelson & District Credit Union make such substantial donations shows the youth that this community cares."
Established in 2002 with the mission to develop a skate park for youth, the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skate Park Society has one true objective: build a world class outdoor public skate park for Nelson, BC and area. Please visit www.nelsonskatepark.com.