Efforts to build a skate park in Penhold are stepping up.
The Penhold & District Optimist Skatepark Club has raised about $100,000 of its $650,000 to a build a skate park across from the Penhold Crossing Secondary School.
Brenda Mahoney, skate park committee chair person, said she is hoping a fundraising carnival event at Penhold Memorial Hall on April 7 will bring in sponsors and donors.
“I am really hoping we would have major donors step up to the plate,” she said.
Mahoney said the town has committed a piece of land where the skate park will be build. So far the club hasn’t asked for funding from the town.
A skate park is very much needed for teenagers in the Town of Penhold, said Mahoney.
She said there are lots of activities for younger children but not as much for older children.
“There’s not much in Penhold (for teenagers) to keep them here,” she said. “So we want to make sure they have something to do too and it keeps them busy. They seem to be the left out demographic right now.”
Mahoney said the club is hoping construction for the skate park could begin in spring of 2019.
Mahoney said the club also has plans to apply for grants in the future to bring in funding.
Tickets for the fundraiser are now on sale. Contact Brenda Mahoney at 403-872-8628 for more information.