Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) has contributed $25,000 to the Hart Family Memorial Skate Park to support the rehabilitation and renovation of the skate park, formerly known as the Glenn Hart Memorial Skate Park.
Construction of the original park was completed in 2003 from a memorial fund created in honor of Glenn Hart, co-owner of Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant in Meredith, who passed away in 1998.
The park’s current condition compelled Brendan Hart, Glenn’s son, to begin fundraising in 2017 for a massive repair and renovation.
After the Tony Hawk Foundation announced a $25,000 donation, local service organizations began following suit. The entire project is seeking to surpass its fundraising goal of $232,000.
“MVSB is happy to do all we can to support the Hart Family Memorial Skate Park,” says Rick Wyman, president. “It has been popular with the youth and families of our area and we are proud to support the efforts to renovate and improve safety. The park offers an opportunity for something fun and different from traditional organized sports. This way, even the youth less inclined to participate in organized sports are able to get fresh air, challenge themselves and build their coordination and physical skills.
Linda Hart-Buuck, Brendan Hart’s mother, was the president of the Friends of Meredith Parks and Recreation and assisted fundraising efforts until her sudden passing in January. Peter Thorndike became the nonprofit’s new president and has been working with Brendan to finish the project, which they renamed to honor Linda as well as Glenn.
Donations can be mailed to Friends of Meredith Parks and Recreation at 1 Circle Drive, Meredith, NH, 03253, with “Skate Park” noted in the memo field.