City Names Skate Park in Memory of Ryan Barron
The skate park in Atkinson Park has been officially named the Ryan Barron Memorial Skate Park.
Ward 2 Councillor Fabio Costante welcomed members of the Barron family and friends at a dedication ceremony and sign unveiling in the park today.
"Honouring Ryan in this way was a community effort,” said Councillor Costante. “Ryan's family and friends and skateboarders across the region all played a role in this effort, along with City Council who endorsed the naming of the skate park. It is a source of great joy and pride – but also very humbling – to see this through, and I know many in our community feel the same."
Ryan Barron was a well-known skateboarding and music enthusiast in Windsor who frequented the skate park and shared his passion with whomever was there. He lost his life in 2016 when struck by a car while skateboarding.
After his death, his family and the Friends of Atkinson Park and Pool Committee (FFAPPC) began a fundraising campaign aimed at adding a skate bowl to the park in Ryan’s memory. A skate bowl is estimated to cost approximately $300,000.
Atkinson park is located at 2005 Riverside Drive West. For details on this park or others, visit the City Parks page at CityWindsor.ca.