Today is a big day for supporters of the new skate park in Port Huron. Donations will be matched by an anonymous donor for today only, hopefully giving a big push toward the $250,000 goal. Donations are being matched until December 31 by both the Tony Hawk Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. So, donors will essentially have their donation quadrupled today.
To take advantage of this trifecta of matching gift generosity, donors can make their checks payable to the City of Port Huron and be sure to date it December 3rd and write Optimist SkatePark in the memo line. Making a donation through the GoFundMe account also qualifies for the match.
The Port Huron Recreation Department is cooperating with local skating and skateboard enthusiasts to plan an improved skate park in Optimist Park, off of 10th street on the north side of the city. The park also has a new accessible and modernized playground that was installed last year.
John Eppley, of Alpine Cycles, and an organizer of the skate park effort, told us they are inching closer to their goal and need at least another $60,000 to get there. Additional money will help with things like drinking fountains, picnic tables, and flowers to complement the park, which is both a neighborhood park and a destination for families and skaters.
You can donate on the GoFund Me page <HERE>.
Reporting for WGRT, Kelsie Kaczperski