Funding deadline extended for new skateboard park

Penny Lane has extended until the end of the year its financial commitment to help fund a new skateboard park.

Penny Lane has extended until the end of the year its financial commitment to help fund a new skateboard park.

The Summerland Charity Shop Society — Penny Lane made its initial commitment of $135,000 for the project in 2013.

Orv Robson, chair of the society, said the contribution was based on the cost of a skateboard park in Peachland.

The municipality and the school district have been exploring a site for the park on the school grounds at the southwest corner of the Rosedale Avenue and Jubilee Road intersection.

Robson said the delay came in part because of the change of municipal government after the election in November, 2014.

Only one member of  council, Mayor Peter Waterman, had served on the previous council.

Robson said the municipality is able to seek grant funding from the province and the federal government for the total cost of the skateboard park.

If a three-way partnership could be formed between the municipality, the province and the federal government, with the municipal share of the money coming through Penny Lane, Summerland would not have to add its own money to any portion of the new park.

Once a funding agreement in place, work on the park can begin.

“We’d hope to have it in place by spring, if we get the funding,” Robson said.