Heatherton Community Centre

Posted at 1:59 pm on December 15, 2017

The Chair of the Board of Directors of the Heatheron Community Centre says it’s decision not to allow a skateboard park on the property was based on public feedback.  Malcolm MacKinnon says the board wanted to ensure it received the opinion of the residents before making a final decision.  MacKinnon says it reached out to the residents of area several times to get the input it needed.
MacKinnon says with both rounds of feedback, the majority of those who responded were not in favour of construction of a skateboard park.  MacKinnon says residents who said no felt a skateboard park was not good fit with the community centre.

Posted at 9:49 am on December 15, 2017

A skateboard park won’t be coming to the Heatherton Community Centre.  
The Community Centre’s Board of Directors announced that based on feedback received, it passed a motion to deny the use of a parcel of  land on the property to build the skateboard park.  The suggestion of an outdoor skateboard facility at the community centre was made by a group of local residents called the Heatherton and Area Recreation and Skateboard Association.
The organization’s President Matt Schumacher says the decision by the board is a disappointment and a setback.  However, he says the association will regroup and meet in the New Year to discuss its future direction.
Schumacher believes the Skateboard Park would be a huge draw for both youth and adults alike.

Posted at 6:22 am on November 7, 2017

Residents in the Heatherton area are being asked to provide feedback regarding the proposed skatepark in the area. Over the past number of months, the Heatherton and Area Recreation and Skateboard Association have proposed opening a skatepark in the area; something that does not exist in the town or county of Antigonish.
President of the Skateboard Association, Matt Schumacher say the next step is to hear from people of District 7, so they can voice their concerns or thoughts about the project. Schumacher says that it’s now the public’s turn to talk:
The proposed skateboard park would open on the property of the Heatherton Community Centre. Schumacher adds that only residents of District 7 will be allowed to provide feedback at this particular time.  Residents of District wishing to provide feedback can email heathertoncommunity@gmail.com no later than Friday, November 17th or call Malcolm MacKinnon at (902) 386-2678 to have your letter picked up.

Posted at 12:54 pm on September 22, 2017

A community group that’s proposing to establish a skateboard park in Heatherton presented its ideas before a public meeting last night.  The Heatherton Area Recreation Skateboard Association is suggesting the park would be located in a highly visible area, where it could be seen by passing motorists at the 104 highway-Summerside Road intersection.  The park, on the Heatherton Community Centre grounds,  would cover 10-thousand square feet.  It would cost about 200-thousand dollars, with a further suggestion to upgrade the nearby playground for another 200-thousand with an additional 50-thousand dollars set aside for miscellaneous costs.

There were a number of questions about specifics of the park including the design, but association president Matt Schumacher says it’s at the preliminary stages now.

Schumacher says the skateboard park could attract youth and young families to the area.
The group is hoping construction could begin in 2019.

In order for the project to proceed, it still requires the approval of the community centre board of directors.  Also at the meeting, were the current and former recreation directors in the municipality of Chester, where a skatepark was built there a few years ago.

Posted at 6:10 am on August 18, 2017

An new Antigonish County group says it would like to see an outdoor skateboard park at the Heatherton Community Centre. 
The Heatherton and Area Recreation and Skateboard Association was formed over the summer after the idea of a skate park was raised at the community centre’s annual general meeting recently.
Since then, the group has been busy, gathering information about a skate park, and going door-to-door with a petition, seeking support for its proposal.
Association President Matt Schumacher says community support is strong.
The Association will make a presentation to the community on its findings on September 21st at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at the Heatherton Community Centre.  Following the meeting the association will approach the community centre’s board of directors to allocate land for the project.