PHOTOS: Penticton Skate Park hosts skateboard and scooter competitions for Youth Week

Youth Week in Penticton was celebrated at the local skate park on Friday, May 6, with skateboard and scooter competitions. (Photo: Brennan Phillips)Youth Week in Penticton was celebrated at the local skate park on Friday, May 6, with skateboard and scooter competitions. (Photo: Brennan Phillips)
Mayor John Vassilaki (second to right) and members of city council took in the Youth Week festivities on Friday, May 6, at the Penticton Skate Park. (Photo: Brennan Phillips)Mayor John Vassilaki (second to right) and members of city council took in the Youth Week festivities on Friday, May 6, at the Penticton Skate Park. (Photo: Brennan Phillips)
Friday’s competition featured three categories: scooter, beginner skateboarding and intermediate skateboarding. (Photo: Brennan Phillips)Friday’s competition featured three categories: scooter, beginner skateboarding and intermediate skateboarding. (Photo: Brennan Phillips)
Penticton Skate Park hosts the Youth Week celebration on Friday, May 7. Events across B.C. were coordinated in the spirit of the occasion from May 1 to 7. (Photo: Brennan Phillips)Penticton Skate Park hosts the Youth Week celebration on Friday, May 7. Events across B.C. were coordinated in the spirit of the occasion from May 1 to 7. (Photo: Brennan Phillips)
Local youth were invited to bring their scooters, skateboards and bicycles for a day of competition at the Penticton Skate Park. (Photo: Brennan Phillips)Local youth were invited to bring their scooters, skateboards and bicycles for a day of competition at the Penticton Skate Park. (Photo: Brennan Phillips)

The Penticton Skate Park was home to a community-wide gathering on Friday, May 6, in recognition of provincial Youth Week.

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the talents of local youth were on display through a number of different skateboard and scooter competitions.

The event was headlined by the competitions at the park, as well as a by-donation barbecue sponsored by the Penticton Fire Department.

All proceeds from the meal went towards local youth homelessness initiatives.

“We really wanted to take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the Nowhere to Go Report on youth homelessness,” said Melisa Edgerly, a youth peer support supervisor at Foundry Penticton.

“For all of us that work with youth in the community, we are very excited to dedicate this week to youth and to celebrate them. We know that they are our future and that they bring so much character and vibrancy to our community.”

The aforementioned report, stating that 1 in 20 people aged 12 to 24 in Penticton may be homeless, was endorsed by city council in February.

READ ALSO: Report to Penticton council says 1 in 20 youth may be homeless

Local addiction recovery program Discovery House and IGA were also present at Friday’s event, in support of the cause.

Organizations across the city came together this week to provide free opportunities and educational programs for youth, with art and cooking classes among the activities available.

Back at the park, meanwhile, prizes were given out throughout the day to those who competed in one of the three competitive categories: scooter, beginner skateboarding, and intermediate skateboarding.

“Youth have had a challenging couple of years, and we need to show them it’s going to get better,” Edgerly told council at a May 3 meeting.

Youth Week was celebrated in communities across B.C. from May 1 to 7.


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