Sidney, B.C.; Sidney Council received a round of applause from a young, energetic audience at last night’s Council Meeting when it approved the construction of a new state of the art skateboard park to be located at Tulista Park.
Mayor Steve Price stated; “a new skateboard park in Sidney is a positive step in our strategic planning commitment of developing a balanced demographic. If we provide facilities and services such as this for our young people, this will draw families to Sidney; something that is essential to maintaining a sustainable, vibrant, community.”
The concept for a new skatepark came about in March of 2015 when Council began exploring the option of building an employee/overflow parking lot on the lands south of the Mary Winspear Centre which includes lands that the current skatepark occupies.
New Line Skateparks, an industry leader in skatepark design, was engaged and a community consultation process undertaken to acquire design input for a new skatepark. The initial community consultation process was a positive indication of the skate community’s support for a new park and their willingness to be a part of the process. The meeting was well attended and input was tremendous. Based on feedback from skatepark users, the consultant has provided Council with a recommended design option.
Tulista Park was chosen as the preferred site based on its central location, convenient access to bus service, parking and washrooms. As well, the skatepark will increase overall use of the park and is compatible with existing park facilities.
The Town’s Financial Plan includes $150,000 in both 2016 and 2017 for the construction of the skatepark, while Town staff continue to seek grant funding for the project. No property tax funding will be used for the project.
Construction of the new park is expected to begin in February of 2017 with the park opening in June of 2017. Pre-loading of the site will begin this summer.