A large crowd was in attendance Wednesday as Morris Youth for Christ Skatepark held its grand opening.
Mayor Gavin Van der Linde made a speech and declared the park open with a chainsaw style ribbon cutting.
YFC Executive Director Jack Wiebe explained how the new skatepark will help minister to youth.
“You ask any of the youth that come here if they need to believe in Jesus to be here; no. They are welcome here and we just want to love on them. Skatepark ministry is just another avenue where kids can hang out whether we are opened or closed; the skatepark is always opened. If they are having a bad day and don’t know where to go they know they can come here and get rid of some steam on their skateboard or BMX. It’s a safe place where they can know it’s their territory.”
Wiebe noted the facility has had a lot of use so far with 35 people using the skatepark in some way on a busy night.
He shared how fundraising has went for the $35,000 park.
“Went to Barkman Concrete first of all to see what kind of deal they would have for a small town like us,” said Wiebe. “It’s a lot of money for these skateparks and they were willing to work with us. We’ve applied for a grant for the town the last 2 years. They have covered basically half the cost of this skatepark.”
Wiebe said local businesses and individuals have donated tools, services and all the labour needed to make the project happen.
Meanwhile, he stated the process of creating a skatepark in Morris began over 10 years ago.
Wiebe added Youth For Christ was very excited to see a large crowd at the event and that the community continues to view the drop-in centre as a positive place.