COUNTY OF NORTHERN LIGHTS AND TOWN OF MANNING APPROVE FUNDS FOR BIKE AND SKATE PARK INITIATIVE

COUNTY OF NORTHERN LIGHTS AND TOWN OF MANNING APPROVE FUNDS FOR BIKE AND SKATE PARK INITIATIVE

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

Ten students, 9 from junior high and one from elementary, saw a need for change. They realized that the youth in our area need more opportunity to participate in healthy activities. These students came together and formed a group, calling themselves the Manning bike and Skate Park Committee.

Their committee consists of Erik Johnson (grade 8), chairperson, Aaron Johnson (grade 9), vice-chairperson, Clay Pharis (grade 8), secretary, and board members (listed alphabetically), Kialer Henitiuk (grade 9), Jason Lambert (grade 9), Calin Lariviere (grade 9), Carter Lawrence (grade 9), Jarod Lorencz (grade 9), Jesse Peterson (grade 9), and Levi Pharis (grade 5 at MES).

With guidance from Darla Robinson - a dedicated parent and community volunteer, Jackie Ristesund - a teacher at Paul Rowe, and their entrepreneurial spirit, these students worked during their enrichment period in school to develop a proposal for the construction of a bike and skate park in our area.

The work the committee did to get the proposal ready consisted of researching skate park design, cost analysis, surveying to determine support, discussing fundraising opportunities, finding grants, determining feasible locations, researching health benefits and more. Once they gathered their information they developed the proposal and presented it to all the schools in the community to determine interest. With the survey complete and with overwhelming support, the committee presented their final proposal to the county and the town.

Their hard work and commitment to the project was evident in their presentations. Both the County of Northern Lights and the Town of Manning unanimously passed a vote in support of the skate park and each committed $50,000 to its construction assuming the remaining funds can be secured.

Thank you to Darla Robinson for your dedication, and to the County of Northern Lights and the Town of Manning for your support of our youth.

Congratulations guys!!! We are impressed with your efforts and incredibly proud of your accomplishment.