First annual Skate for Dave

Next weekend, local skaters will get together to compete and Skate for Dave.

Next weekend, local skaters will get together to compete and Skate for Dave.

The memorial skate competition is scheduled for noon, Aug. 24 and is hopefully dubbed the first annual.

“We’re hoping to give the skate community something to look forward to throughout the years,” the sister of the competition’s namesake, Dave Patterson, and organizer of the event Sara Donald said.

Sign up for the event will be at the park, before the noon start time, with an entry fee of $5.

The afternoon will feature music courtesy of Matt Harrington of Zero Hour Music, a concession and prizes from the event sponsors, like Red Shreds, Ruins and 10L Skateboards.

If you’ve spent your hours of free time hanging around the skate park, you probably know of Patterson. He was a big part of the skateboarding community here in Quesnel years ago and it’s a name you might still hear around those parts, his sister said.

Patterson recently committed suicide, leading his family back along their memories of him to celebrate the short time he had with them. In an effort to memorialize his passion for skating, the family wants to rename the skate park after Patterson.

The group organizing the competition has been in talks with MLA Coralee Oakes regarding a suicide prevention program and their effort to rename the park after Patterson. Most of the money raised from the competition entry fees will go towards meeting that goal.