Plans underway for Kimberley’s McWhinnie Day

Annual gathering to remember former Councillor at skate park set for April 27

Every age enjoys Bob McWhinnie Day in Kimberley.

Every age enjoys Bob McWhinnie Day in Kimberley.

Bob McWhinnie Day has become a tradition each April in Kimberley, as the former Councillor is  remembered for all he did for the City.

McWhinnie had a lot of interests, but one of his real passions was kids and he was the driving force behind Kimberley’s skate park.

It is therefore fitting that the community gathers at the skate park on a Sunday in April to remember McWhinnie and enjoy the park he helped build.

This year’s McWhinnie Day is Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As always, says organizer Alex Buterman, it’s a jam not a competition, so prepare to show off your skills on scooter, bike, skateboard or anything else.

“Anything with wheels is what we’re looking for,” Buterman said. “And all ages.”

Along with the demonstrations in the skate park, McWhinnie Day means live music, provided by local bands.

Buterman hasn’t got the music lineup finalized as yet, and he is still looking for any local band that might want to play a few songs.

Give him a call at 250-427-3058 if your band would like to play.

Funds are raised at McWhinnie Day through the sale of baked goods, and if you’d like to provide goods for the sale, just bring them along with you when you arrive.

Buterman will also be looking for assistance to get the park ready. As cool weather continues, it will likely be necessary to get into the bowls with a snow blower and shovels. If you can lend a hand with that give him a call.

“We are always looking for volunteers to help out,” he said.

Proceeds from previous McWhinnie Days and generous donations from local contractors and businesses have provided the skate park with washrooms


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