Annual event to raise funds for Down Syndrome support organization
© Courtesy City of Dorval
Last year's 'Skate Fest' in Dorval attracted over 500 people, a testament to the event's popularity says organizer David Lebrasseur.
Skateboarders, BMXers, and in-line skaters will descend upon the Surrey Aquatic and Community Centre skate park, as the city of Dorval and West Island Youth Action host the 2013 Skate Fest.
The competition will be held Sept. 7, from 1 to 9 p.m., and is open to any skill level.
"There are activities for the whole family. It's a fun day for everyone. It's all meant for the kids," said David Lebrasseur, the event's organizer. "We always put it around the start of school because it's a great way to end the summer."
The city is bringing the 'Air Bag' back for a third consecutive year after their popular showing at last year's event, which attracted over 500 people. The company specializes in large safety mats designed to perfect skateboard and BMX tricks.
"They're just awesome. It's super cool. They install a giant crash mat which allows people to speed up, perform a trick, and land safely on the mat," said Lebrasseur.
Among the event's highlights is the fundraiser for RT21, an organization that assists people with down syndrome and their families.
"One of our sponsors has someone close to them with Down Syndrome. So it's something that's very close to people's hearts," said Lebrasseur.
According to the organizer, all proceeds generated from several longboard auctions and a mechanical bull contest will benefit RT21.
The Surrey Aquatic and Community Centre's skate park is located on 1945 Parkfield Ave., Dorval. In the event of rain, the skate fest will be postponed to September 8, same time. For more information, visit www.ville.dorval.qc.ca.