Professional freestyle mountain bike jumper Matt Macduff was a huge hit during last Tuesday's launch of Sackville's new bike park.
The Sackville RCMP, in partnership with several community partners, hosted a large crowd of young people last Tuesday afternoon who came out for the opening of the town’s new bike park.
More than 200 youths between the ages of nine and 20, along with their family and friends, turned out to experience the obstacles the park has to offer and watch a demonstration from professional freestyle mountain bike jumper Matt Macduff.
Macduff said he was pleased to be part of the launch event.
“This is way too cool,” he said during the opening. “You guys might have a small town but you’ve (now) got a great dirt jump park.”
The park, which is located on Dufferin Street, features a number of all-dirt hills and jumps, ranging in height from three feet to six feet.
The town’s parks and recreation staff, a crew from Beale & Inch Construction, along with Macduff and a number of local youth, all pitched in to build the park in the days leading up to the opening.
RCMP officers, community leaders, municipal leaders, and the Sackville Fire Department were just some of the groups on-hand during the official opening.
"Preventing youth crime is a primary mandate for the RCMP and anything that can be done to divert youth away from crime is a benefit for the entire community," says Amélie Jarvis-Lavoie, RCMP community program officer for Sackville.
"The launch of this bike park has brought the community together and has created excitement among the youth,” she added.