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Six Nations Skate Park planning underway

SIX NATIONS – A group of Six Nations Youth who love to skateboard are now in the planning stages of creating the community’s own skate park.

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SIX NATIONS – A group of Six Nations Youth who love to skateboard are now in the planning stages of creating the community’s own skate park.

According to the newly created Facebook page; Project Skate Park – Six Nations, the group was promised a donation of $25,000, has received a $25,000 donation from BYOGI Corp and K.L. Martin & Associates have donated $4000.00 worth of services after a strong presentation was made to Six Nations Elected Band Council this October.

Corey Martin and Dallan Guitar spoke with Two Row Times about the plans for a fundraising project coming up. Martin said, “We’re trying to get everyone out to come support us. We’re going to do this Polar Bear dive on January 1st. On Monday at school I’m going on the announcements to ask for support. I can’t really swim that good and I’m terrible in cold water, but if it’s for the skatepark I’ll jump in no problem. It’s such an extreme sport, we’re trying to do something extreme to get people to support it.”

Dallan Guitar is very excited about the project giving youth on Six Nations something healthy and positive to do. “Skateboarding is just a great thing for people to do. You don’t have to have teamwork in it, you can have your own style, you can go at your own pace. There needs to be more girl skaters, more girls need to come out.” Guitar said. “Next week we’re having all the skaters who are already skating to say what they want in there.” Martin said, “Also when they show up their input is going to be put into the design, say if they want a pool in there they can do that.”

New Line Skateparks will oversee the construction and assist with the design process. According to the company’s website, “New Line Skateparks Inc. is Canada’s longest running and most experienced provider of large scale municipal skatepark construction services.” The company will be meeting with community members interested in the project on December 11th, 6-8pm at the Community Hall Sports Den.

For updates on the projects and fundraising follow the group on Twitter @SNSkatePark or on Facebook.

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Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow is Onondaga under the wing of the Beaver Clan of Six Nations. Nahnda has been a journalist with the Two Row Times since it's founding in 2013. She is a self-proclaimed "rez girl" who brings to the Two Row Times years of experience as a Haudenosaunee cultural interpreter, traditional dancer and beadwork aficionado. Nahnda is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association.

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