Input sought for skateboard park

The municipality is asking for suggestions during the design of a proposed skateboard park.

The municipality is asking for suggestions during the design of a proposed skateboard park.

The park has an estimated cost of $400,000 to $500,000 and would be built on a piece of school property at the corner of Rosedale Avenue and Jubilee Road West.

Once completed, it will replace a skateboard park off Peach Orchard Road, behind the Harold Simpson Memorial Youth Centre.

Summerland’s existing skateboard park was created in the late 1990s.

Brenda Ingram, recreation manager for the municipality, said the existing park should be replaced, not upgraded.

“The space is too small,” she said. “We have to put the park in a more visible location.”

Once completed, the new park would accommodate skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes. In addition, it would have benches and picnic tables nearby. In the future, outdoor fitness equipment may be added.

“We’re looking at a whole new park and a whole new thinking about a multi-use area,” Ingram said.

Last week, at an open house, three skateboard park concepts were presented.

Comments and suggestions about the new park will be accepted until April 26.

Once a design is selected, a committee will look at ways to raise money to cover the cost of the park.

“The goal is to have the park funded through donations,” Ingram said.

So far, the Penny Lane Charity Shop Society has provided $135,000 for the new park.

Ingram expects it will take at least a year until the facility is completed and open to the public.