By Charles Lefebvre on March 31, 2015.
Dwayne Preston, left, vice president of the Medicine Hat Skateboard Association is presented Monday with the club’s former skateboard statue by Darren Emerson at the Kinsmen Skate Plaza in front of members of the association. The statue, stolen in October 2013, was recovered in a field by Emerson last week.–NEWS PHOTO CHARLES LEFEBVRE firstname.lastname@example.org @MHNLefebvre
A mystery involving the Medicine Hat Skateboard Association’s statue at the Kinsmen Skate Park has recently been solved.
When the park’s expansion was completed in September 2013, a steel statue of a skateboard was placed to recognize the people in the community who helped make the park a reality. A month later the statue was stolen, cut from its base with a grinder.
The club offered a reward and a new statue was eventually put up, but the whereabouts of the statue were unknown for more than a year.
Last Friday, Terence Kowalchuk with the association received a call from geocacher Darren Emerson, who came across the statue in a field near Southridge on Thursday.
“I have some caches hidden there and was out there checking on them, because some people said they needed some care,” said Emerson, who says he saw the statue about 15-20 feet away from the caches, and thought it was maybe left behind by a geocacher.
Emerson was surprised by the weight of the skateboard and brought it into work for a closer look, where they find “MHSA” written on it, and determined it was the missing statue.
Emerson said there was no signs of rust and age on the board, and both he and Kowalchuk believe it was recently dumped.
“It’s shocking, we couldn’t believe it was here,” said Kowalchuk. “We’re happy it has been found.”
Kowalchuk says the association is brainstorming ideas for the statue, including turning it into a trophy for its annual Beat the Heat competition.
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