Skatepark in memory of Troy Scott opens Sunday

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The newly refurbished park in New Lowell will be named the Troy Scott Memorial Park.

Scott’s uncle Randy Lamers made the official request of Clearview council recently to name the park in honour of the New Lowell teenager who was killed last March in a collision.

“He had always wished there was something in town for kids to do so in his passing a group of us made it our goal to create a skatepark in his memory,” said Lamers.

Volunteers have been working for about 15 months, fundraising to revamp the tennis courts behind the slowpitch diamond and the park will officially open on Sunday, July 16.

Two old tennis courts, that had not been used in about 20 years, are being transformed into a muti-use area, with half being dedicated to skatepark. The skatepark elements – two quarter pipes, a bank ramp wedge and grind rails – are being installed next week.

“The other half, as we raise more money, will be basketball court, hockey nets and if anybody wants us to put tennis back in, we still have room for tennis,” said Lamers.

More than $30,000 has been raised so far and fundraising is still underway.

The grand opening of the skatepark will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a barbecue, an official ribbon cutting and two of Scott’s lifelong friends have been invited to be the first to try out the skatepark.

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