Annapolis Youth Skate Park - A New Park for Everyone

Organization Sponsor: Annapolis Society for Youth-friendly Public Spaces (ASYPS)

Organization Partner: Annapolis Royal, Town

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Program Description

Youth and adults working together, they envision the creation of an inclusive park in the Annapolis Royal Area that is welcoming to people of all ages and diverse interests. The park has excellent skateboarding facilities, green space, shade trees, walking trail, and benches for spectators. Bringing about this concrete vision resulted in changes in perceptions of skateboarders from 'punk vandals' to contributing members of the community.

Five years ago, two teens from the Annapolis Royal area approached their town’s recreation director to see if they could get a place to skateboard. What has happened over the last five years in order to turn that dream into a reality is a shining example of hard work, determination and the power of youth and adults working together within a community.

They worked with a professional design firm to ensure that the park would suit the needs of riders of all abilities and meet the aesthetic standards of the community.Because the youth in Annapolis Royal took this bold leadership role in their community, Recreation Nova Scotia was happy to present the Mayflower Community Cooperation Award to The Annapolis Society for Youth-friendly Public Spaces.

Kids have been skating the park everyday since. Some say “it’s the best thing to happen in this town ever.” Someone even said that the skatepark is now the “youth centre” for the town.

You will find the Annapolis Youth Park at 112 Prince Albert Road (Highway 1) in Annapolis Royal. It is next to the parking lot at the trailhead of the French Basin Trail.

Program Approximate Cost: 

$200,000 over 3 phases

Funding Sources: 

County of Annapolis, Gov of Nova Scotia, Mrs. Nicholson Inc,RBC,Leo's,Save Easy,Pharmasave,Foodland, Annapolis County Health Board,Annapolis Region Arts Council,Bill and Lee's Pizza,Annapolis West Seniors Group, Fairway, Annapolis Royal,Ye Olde Town Pub,

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The goal of building an inclusive park for all residents to enjoy was never lost despite the many roadblocks they faced along the way. They worked hard to fundraise from the community and secure government and private-sector funding.

Impact Of Program: 

The park has become the youth recreation centre for the region. The group has created much more than just a skate park. The community has benefited by overcoming negative stereotypes by witnessing the incredible spirit of the youth involved and what they were willing to do when faced with a challenge. Through their leadership today, they have left behind a positive recreation legacy for generations to come.

The Annapolis Youth Park was a destination this summer for three skateboarding camps. About 150 people came out on a cloudy morning that was threatening rain to celebrate the official opening.

Evaluation Tools: 

The youth committee meets once a month and presents reports to local town councils. The park will continue to grow and evolve over time through feedback from participants, community members and website comments.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

This process of building local support for the project became an ongoing task for the group of youth and adults that formed the Annapolis Society for Youth-Friendly Public Spaces. Working in partnership, their vision was to create a public space that was welcoming to people of all ages to represent the whole of the surrounding community, and have, at the heart of it, a world-class concrete skateboarding facility.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

This process of building local support for the project, working in partnership and fundraising from the community, secure government and private-sector funding.

Length and Stage of Project: 

The Annapolis Youth Park was officially opened on June 25, 2011

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