Granton Park Skatepark - Donation from Martens Family

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February 3, 2018
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Press Release

Township of Lucan Biddulph - February 3rd, 2018

This morning at the Granton Park, members of Council and the Granton Park Committee accepted a donation of $30,000 from Jerry Martens and his family to go towards the construction of the Skate Park. Mr. Martens owned and operated Avonbank Farm Equipment, a local farm equipment dealership located at 15456 Elginfield Road. Jerry and his family have lived in the Granton area for many years.

In 2015, the Granton Park Committee approached Council with an idea to build a skate park in Granton for the local kids. The Park Committee proposed the idea that if they were to raise a third of the cost of the $90,000 skate park, and try and find a grant for another third, would Council support the project and put in the other third. Council very supportive of the idea and the plan that the Park Committee proposed. During this time the Park Committee organized many fundraising events and partnered with the Township for grant funds. Unfortunately up until this past fall, no grant funds were approved for the project but Council was committed to moving forward with the hopes of finding additional funds required.

Today, Jerry Martens presented his donation of $30,000 to the Mayor and Granton Park Committee so that this project can move forward in 2018.

Mayor Cathy Burghardt-Jesson announced that with this donation, construction will begin in the spring of 2018 for the Marten Family Skatepark that will feature banked hip, curved quarter pipe, flat rail, flat ledge, multi-pyramid with A-frame ledge, and A-frame rail and pyramid jump. “This is an exciting announcement for the Granton Park and its residents. This community has worked very hard fundraising for this project and we are all excited to see it begin this spring.”

Further inquiries on this announcement can be directed to:

Jason Boyer, Manager of Parks and Recreation at Mayor Cathy Burghardt-Jesson, Mayor at