Golden Freeride Park expansion fundraising underway

Golden Skateboarding association seeking 50 donations of $1,000 to help with grant applications

The Columbia Valley Credit Union presented a donation of $25,000 to the Golden Skateboard Association. The funds will be used for Skatepark Expansion. Any other businesses that would like to make a donation can do so by reaching out to the skateboard association at goldenskateboardassociation@gmail.com. (Jessie Oatway photo)

The Columbia Valley Credit Union presented a donation of $25,000 to the Golden Skateboard Association. The funds will be used for Skatepark Expansion. Any other businesses that would like to make a donation can do so by reaching out to the skateboard association at goldenskateboardassociation@gmail.com. (Jessie Oatway photo)

The Golden Skateboard Association (GSA) is seeking sponsors for improvements to the Golden Freeride Park, with their current 50 times 1,000 campaign that’s looking for 50 community donors to put forward $1,000 for the project.

With the improvements already being approved by Town Council back in February, the GSA is now searching for seed funding that they can use as leverage as they apply for grants in the new year, so that they can get shovels in the ground hopefully by spring.

“If we have our own funding backing our applications, we can in turn apply for much larger grants,” explained Jessie Oatway, who has been promoting the fundraising campaign and is a part of the GSA.

“Our entire goal is to be able to max out our grant applications so we can really get started on this project.”

The skatepark build is estimated at $715,000, with the surrounding park and amenities estimated at $647,000.

A $1,000 donation will secure your name, or the name of your business, on a plaque that will be permanently installed at the park, says Oatway, with higher tiers for donations of $5,000 and donations of ‘extraordinary amounts of money’.

Oatway says that while that sum may not be feasible for one individual, he says they’re encouraging people to form groups and pool together to come up with $1,000 and create a group name for themselves, so that they can get their names on the plaque.

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While small donations are still accepted, with the GSA having a donation kettle at Darkside, Oatway says they’re really trying to push the 50 times 1,000 as that will have the most impact on their grant applications.

“The community support has been unbelievable so far, it’s been better than we thought,” he said.

“So many different parties have gotten involved, it’s been amazing.”

Upgrades to the park would make it safer, says Oatway, as it would offer more space and more varied terrain for beginner riders to experienced riders.

He says that hopefully this will allow beginners to learn in a place where they feel comfortable, while advanced riders will have the space – and obstacles – to continue to improve.

“A lot of this is about safety, it’s a fairly small skatepark,” said Oatway.

He also says that increasing the scope could help promote skateboarding and other sports that would use the freeride park, like rollerskating and scootering, within the community.

“We don’t have a lot of team sports in Golden, and so many youth have a hard time finding a sense of belonging, they end up stuck with video games and that sort of thing,” said Oatway.

“Hopefully this will help invite in beginners and create that space for kids, as well as adults, to find a sense of belonging and build a community.”

Donations can be sent to goldenskateboardassociation@gmail.com.

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