Stephenville opens skate park

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Facility is named after a former resident killed in an Alberta accident

Dalton Bennett jumps with his bike at the Adam Piercey Memorial Skate Park in Stephenville Tuesday afternoon. — Photo by Frank Gale/The Western Star

As she snipped the last of the ribbons to release a group of red and white balloons into the air, Gail Piercey couldn’t hold back the tears.

Her son always loved red balloons. Many others released them as well in tribute to Adam Piercey at the grand opening of a skate park named for him on Tuesday evening.

Later, Gail talked about how amazing it is the Adam Piercey Memorial Skate Park came together so quickly — just more than a month. It replaces a former skate park in Stephenville that was destroyed in the flood of 2005.

Adam was one of the young people that, according to his parents, practically lived at the former park.

“The only thing he didn’t do was sleep there,” his mom said. “He and his friends just loved it.”

Piercey died in a work-related accident in May of 2009 in Alberta at the age of 26 and his family, planned a vacation to Stephenville from Alberta to take part at the opening of the park. His father Edward said it’s amazing what the community and the skate park committee did.

“It is really blowing us away with the amount of work the town and people right across Canada have done to make this park a reality in such a short period of time,” he said.

The park was made possible through a grant of $20,000 from the town, along with a loan of $20,000 from the town, which the organizing committee planned to pay back Thursday.

Mayor Tom O’Brien made an offer to the committee to pay $5,000 of the amount and use the remaining $15,000 for more equipment to expand the park and continue fundraising to pay the remainder of the loan back later. Chairwoman Maria Churchill was quick to accept the offer. She told the young people on hand the committee will be ordering more equipment in short order.

Nine-year-old Chad Lushman, who was out enjoying the grand opening on his scooter, said the skate park is awesome.

“It’s well built and hopefully everyone will have a great time on this skate park, especially since its built in memory of Adam Piercey, who I heard loved the old skate park,” he said.

Tyler Bennett, a 10-year-old resident of nearby Cold Brook said the skate park is fun and he plans to spend some time there whenever he can get down. “This is my first time ever being on a skate park and it’s really fun,” he said.

The Western Star

Geographic location: Stephenville, Alberta, Skate Park Canada Cold Brook Western Star

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