Smiths Falls town councillor John Maloney is hoping his colleagues will vote for the town to match funds raised at this year’s Urban Jungle obstacle course, which have been donated to pay for new fitness equipment at Lower Reach Park.
Maloney and other organizers of the second annual Urban Jungle event, held on Aug. 13, attended a meeting of town council’s Committee of the Whole Aug. 13 to provide a report on the event, and presented the town’s community services department with a cheque for $8,000. The money is designated to help with the purchase of fitness equipment to be installed in Lower Reach Park next spring for use by the public.
Maloney said 428 competitors took part in the Urban Jungle this year, and thanked a long list of businesses and volunteer organizations that assisted in putting on the event.
He expressed special thanks to his wife Maria, adding, “Without her this event wouldn’t happen.”
In addition to the $8,000 raised for equipment at Lower Reach Park, the Urban Jungle also donated $1,000 to Canadian Tire’s Jump Start Program, $250 to the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, $150 to St. John’s Ambulance, and $100 for the Gordon Pipe Band.