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Board rolls out skate park  fund drive

Aims to raise local match of $50K before asking for the rest

TURNERS FALLS — With the go-ahead from the Montague Board of Selectmen in August, the Unity Skate Park committee this month began a fund drive to kick off the effort to build a permanent, concrete skate park next year.

The plan is to raise as much of the local match — about $50,000 — as possible before going to town meeting in spring of 2014 to seek the rest. With that money, organizers hope to leverage a state grant for the remaining 70 percent.

The fund drive kicked off last week with The Unity Skate Park raffle, with prizes contributed by local businesses. The grand prize is a custom-built skateboard courtesy of Creedo and Bryan Dolan Casework, valued at $140.

Organizers planned to display the board in the storefront window of Madison on the Avenue, at the corner of Avenue A and Third Street, for the next few weeks, along with two other prizes: handcrafted cutting boards donated by Bryan Dolan Casework. Dolan is a long-time member of the skate park committee. Other prizes include a $50 gift certificate from Green Fields Market, a variable speed jigsaw from Couture Brothers, a handmade apron from Funk-Shun on Third Street and $25 gift certificates from Loot, the Rendezvous and Jake’s Tavern.

Raffle tickets cost $1 a piece, six for $5 or 25 for $20, and are on sale at the Rendezvous and Jake’s Tavern in Turners Falls. A supporter has pledged to match the first $1,000 raised in the month of October with an additional $500, according to organizers. On Oct. 25, the fund drive will continue at Jake’s Tavern, where 10 percent of sales from all drinks between 5 and 9 p.m. will be donated, along with proceeds from a special raffle of a lobster dinner for two, with a bottle of wine and other prizes.

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