Many communities were hit hard during the pandemic, and Belleville, Ontario is no exception. And as we know, young adults in particular have been dealing with a variety of adverse effects from lockdown. This includes not only pandemic related illness, but anxiety, depression, loss of social life and financial hardship. What better way to get everyone out and moving again, than to refresh the local skatepark, creating a clean and inviting space for all to enjoy. We had the chance to go out to Belleville and check out the skatepark for ourselves, and we were not disappointed.
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Mentos #YestoFresh BaSkateBowl
Mentos and The City of Belleville worked together to bring this refreshed community space to life. But this isn’t your regular skatepark. They’ve combined two of the most beloved outdoor sports, skateboarding and basketball, to bring us the Mentos BaSkateBowl at Belleville’s Kiwanis Skatepark.
To refresh the skatepark, the Mentos crew did an extensive clean-up and makeover to create the BaSkateBowl skatepark. They not only removed the plethora of graffiti in space, but also gave the park a fresh coat of paint in Mentos blue to emulate a basketball court at each end. The skatepark features: a large bowl, several flatrails, handrails, banks, stairs and more, all completely made-over by Mentos.
The new skatepark officially opened to the public on September 29th, 2021. To mark this grand re-opening, professional Canadian skateboarders Annie Guglia, Faye DeFazio Ebert and Adam Hopkins, took to their boards and tested out some tricks. The only word I can use to describe it is: FUN!
The New BaSkateBowl
The Mentos BaSkateBowl is not only about cleaning up local parks, but providing a real place for people of the Belleville community to enjoy. Getting outside, active, and having fun can be some of the best medicine for the pandemic blues.
For those looking to just play basketball, head over to the mini court away from the skateboard tricks to shoot some hoops. If you’re feeling brave, try testing your skill with the basketball net in the bowl. Olympian Annie Guglia was determined to sink a shot in the bowl at the grand opening, and soon all three pros were testing their basketball skills.
But remember, safety always comes first! While the Belleville skatepark is now the ultimate trick-shot location in Southern Ontario, we all know that where kids are at play, accidents are bound to happen. After all, anyone who skateboards knows to expect a fall or two over the years. Always wear the proper safety gear including knee pads, elbow pads and a helmet, as well as be aware of your surroundings while playing in the park.
In partnership with Mentos