I make a point of trying to speak with various people in my travels. I do this because I believe that many politicians far and wide fall into the “coffee table” gang. You know, the same people, giving the same opinion. So I ask random people while waiting in the grocery store line or hanging around at a public event.
This includes youth.
And one thing they told me over and over was that the skate park is PACKED in the summer plus it could use amenities like lights, picnic benches and a quarter pipe. So I wrote a piece for WHALES TALE, the Francis Kelsey Newsletter, asking who wanted to help do it. Below is the first meeting with some of the youth who use the park (with my daughter in tow)
The guy on the right is Liam Tupper, a skateboarder and hockey player at Kerry park. He has taken the lead on door knocking, calling and getting support to try and get the park the much needed love it needs.
While I am the local politician, I am trying to help as just a local guy. I’ll be helping them with flyers, website and videos. My brother was a heavy user of the skatepark in his youth and I am certain that it stopped him from getting in with the wrong crowd AND he was super healthy too!
If you would like to help Liam, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also email any letters of support to the Kerry Park Commission: email@example.com