Ethan Irving

Ethan Irving

Boys and girls club staff make a presence at park

Two people hired to run the pop-up park for the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake this summer are already full of ideas.

Two people hired to run the pop-up park for the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake this summer are already full of ideas on how to make the skate park a safer place.

Helena Morgan, 22, and Justin Code, 27, started working on the city-funded project Wednesday by going to the park to talk with local youths.

On their first day on the job, Morgan and Code chatted with Will Haves,15,  Ethan Irving,10,  and Matthew Rosette, 12, who arrived at the skate park after school to bike and scooter.

“You guys are going to be here to make the park safer,” Matthew said when Morgan asked if they already knew about the pop-up park.

Some of the ideas they generated with the youths were a mini tough mudder, graffiti art, skate and bike competitions, ultimate frisbee, even building a tree fort.

The pop-up park idea was proposed by Matt Neufeld, executive director of the boys and girls club after a teenager was robbed of his BMX bike at gunpoint at the skate park in February.

Morgan and Code will be there from 3:30 to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday, until Sept. 1, with activities open to people of all ages.

A Facebook page will also be set up so the public knows when and what activities are planned.