The Bath Youth Meetinghouse and Skate Park suffered a blow in November when thieves broke into the building and looted and damaged vending machines and cameras. The cameras, mounted in all corners of the compound, were originally donated by Burgess Computers in Bath, and Burgess has offered to replace the ones lost. “The cameras that Burgess Computer generously donated have been essential for keeping teens safe…this is just one example of their amazing support for the youth in this community,“ said Bath Parks and Recreation Director Steve Balboni.
The Park, as it’s known, is funded in part by the City of Bath, and fundraising efforts by Friends of the Skate Park (responsible for events like the annual “Chili Chowder Festival”) work alongside Park revenues and donations to close what seems like an ever increasing budget gap.
The Park cut hours and lost a full-time and a part-time employee in early 2014, and Friends are working on fundraising efforts to accomplish several things.
November 30th wrapped up a fall fundraising raffle, generating money for an ad campaign for The Park. “We need to raise the profile of this valuable community resource, beyond Bath, and thought print ads would be a good way to do that,” said Friends member Dallas Denery. “We are also reaching out to Bowdoin college students, where students tend to hang up their boards for the winter.” The raffle prize, a $100 gift card for Henry & Marty’s in Brunswick, was won by Lori Benson of Bath. We would like to thank Henry & Marty’s for their generous donation to The Park.
How You Can Help
Another big-hearted donor has volunteered to match all raffle proceeds and gifts between now and Christmas up to a total of $1500. Friends of The Park hope to raise enough money to assist in funding Sunday hours this winter at the Park. Tax deductible donations can be made in person at The Park, or online.
For more information, call Friends member Dallas Denery at 331-1050.