Selwyn Skateboard Park

Designed by local youth, for local youth

The Selwyn Skateboard Park is located in Isabel Morris Park in Lakefield. The park features a 'half-pipe', four (4) 'quarter pipes', 'rails' and 'grind boxes'; and is suitable for skateboarders, BMX bikers, scooter users and inline skaters. Access to the skateboard park will be available at no-charge and promotes healthy active living to both the residents and visitors of Selwyn Township.

The construction of a skateboard park in Lakefield has been of interest to the public, especially the youth of the Township of Selwyn and Council, since 2007! But things kicked into high gear in 2013, when the Township received funding from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport (MCTS) towards the Youth "Can Do" initiative. As part of this project, youth of the Township were brought together and developed their leadership, project management and problem-solving skills while also designing a skateboard park for Isabel Morris Park in Lakefield, with the guidance of Township staff. Many of the youth from this group even went on to become members of the Skateboard Park Project Team!

Of course, the completion of the Selwyn Skateboard Park would not be possible without our partners who donated funds, their time and resources to make this project a success. A thank you goes out to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program through the Government of Canada's Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario, Ontario Trillium Foundation;  TD Friends of the Environment Foundation; and all of the in corporate and community funding, both in-kind and monetary!

Skate Park Picture


 Funding partners: 

Multi-colour abstract maple leaf over top of title reading: Canada 150 (1867-2017) Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program    Abstract trillium surrounded by Ontario Trillium Foundation: An agency of the Government of Ontario.     

Green box with white abstract TD letters inside    The words Dan Sims Concrete Construction and business number in black inside a white square outlined in black

Green abstract L behind the word "Lafarge" in black       

This project was made possible due to the generosity of our sponsors & project team:

720° Sponsor

90° Sponsor
PEPSICO Beverages Canada B.E.L. Rotary
  Darling Insurance
300° Sponsor Jaxon Hamilton
Gainey Foundation John & Marlene Dunford
Kawartha Lakes Construction Shaun Milne Signs
Kingdon Timber Mart Swish Maintenance
LAFARGE Ready Mix Villa Car Wash
TD Friend of the Environment Program  
  Friends of the Park
180° Sponsor DELRAY Granite
Dan Sims Concrete Dragonfly Gardening
Lakefield College School Ernie & Vera Page
Lakefield Lions Club H & R Trucking
National Sanitation Jakins & Son
Savage Arms Ltd. Kathleen McKenzie
The Village Inn Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
  Kawartha Rock Quarry
  Lakefield Trail Committee

Mary & Al Smith
Meaghan McGowan
Smith-Ennismore Community Policing Committee
Youth "Can Do" Initiative Members


Community Impact

"Our skatepark will draw skateboarders from not only here in Selwyn Township, but from Peterborough, Lindsay and Oshawa. This will be excellent for the local economy to benefit from. Our design has features that set it apart from other parks in the area. It has great flow and is located in a beautiful spot." - Dan Jakins, Age 18

"I've enjoyed being a part of this project for many years. I've learned a lot about project planning, municipal government, grant writing, fundraising and public speaking. I think it's been a valuable project for local youth to have taken part in and I can't wait for the community to benefit when the park is completed this fall. Skateboarding can lead to valuable experiences and has taught me things you would not expect from a sport many consider a hobby." - Shawn Jakins, Age 16

Importance of Youth Empowerment

Youth feel a sense of belonging and value in their community when they are given a voice.

Project Team members learned essential skills applicable to future project development career opportunities.

Throughout the planning process, the youth involved stressed the importance of these values:

  • Inclusivity
  • Safety
  • Opportunity

The park will be a community space where family and friends can participate and observe.

For more information, please contact:
Mike Richardson
Manager of Recreation Services
Township of Selwyn
(705) 292-9507 ext. 241 

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