Future Allegany Skate Park

Organizers of the Allegany River Skate Park Fundraiser on June 22 are shown in T-shirts and with raffle items that are hoped to raise money toward a new skate park in the community. Shown (from left) are Jhonas Price, Abbie Kalinowski, Brett Smith, Logan Putt, Jen DeLong, and (in front) Adah Mae Kalinowski.

ALLEGANY — The future Allegany River Skate Park rolled a bit closer to reality with Wednesday’s announcement of plans for its first fundraiser planned for June 22 at the Allegany Fireman’s Park on West Main Street.

The free family event, slated to be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., will include a variety of activities including music, a 50/50 raffle, vendors, Chinese auction, children’s events throughout the day and a chicken barbecue by the Allegany Fire Department.

“This is our first kick-off fundraiser” for the park, said Allegany River Skate Park board president Abbie Kalinowski during a meeting at the Village of Allegany Municipal Building.

Kalinowski, who has left her position as parks and recreation director for the town of Allegany for new employment, said her job change hasn’t deterred her from heading up the skate park project or fundraiser. That’s because of her belief that an all-concrete, free skate park is needed to provide additional recreation for children in the community.

“This is something for the community, I’m doing this for the kids,” Kalinowski said.

The park, which was unanimously approved by the Allegany Village Board in December, will not be funded by the village. Instead, the project is expected to be constructed through matching grants of up to $250,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. The foundations are offering similar grants in communities located in 16 counties throughout Western New York and Southeast Michigan to create skate parks.

Mayor Greg Pearl said it is hoped that funds will be raised to build a park, with a price tag of up to $500,000, by 2021

“The more that they raise, the bigger the match, the better the park,” Pearl said, adding there are two preliminary designs for the proposed park.

He noted an exact location for the park in Allegany hasn’t been determined at present.

Kalinowski said the group started raising funds through the sale of Allegany River Skate Park T-shirts that display logos for the park.

“We’ve made T-shirts that we’ve been selling; we had over 150 and we have officially 40 left, ” Kalinowski said, noting the shirts cost $15 or two for $25.

She said other items donated for the raffle include a customized bicycle from the Kink BMX bike company of Rochester and Allegany State Park. Additional donations, as well as volunteers to help with fundraising activities that include the chicken barbecue, are welcome to assist with the event.

Kalinowski said bands that have agreed to provide music for the event, free of charge, are included in the following schedule. The itinerary includes music by Terry Bellamy, noon to 1 p.m.; Cord of 3 Strands, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.; Haight Street Gamblers, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Family Soup, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.; and Dog Day Sunrise, 5 to 6 p.m.

To purchase presale barbecue tickets for $10 each, or purchase a T-shirt, volunteer or make a donation, contact the fundraising committee at the Facebook page: Allegany River Skate Park, or send emails to alleganyriverskatepark@gmail.com

(Contact reporter Kate Day Sager at kates_th@yahoo.com. Follow her on Twitter, @OTHKate)