The Antigonish All Wheels Skatepark has reached the drawing-board stage, now that a contract has been awarded for the design of the park.
New Line Skateparks will be designing the new skatepark and will be seeking the help of the community in the process.
Part that process entails reaching out to the very community the skate park will benefit for its opinion and perspective.
Information from the Town of Antigonish states that two public consultation sessions are planned. The first of those will take place Feb. 6, from 6-8 p.m., at St. Andrew Junior School.
Consulting the public is an integral part of how the company plans to inform the design for the future of the 13,753 square foot greenspace on West Street, where the park will be constructed.
“The community consultations sessions are opportunities for youth and other members of the community to inspire a design that reflects the spirit of Antigonish and gives users of the Skatepark a sense of ownership,” Kate Gorman, marketing and communications officer for the Town of Antigonish wrote.
“The date and time for the second community consultation session will be announced later this month.”
Mayor Laurie Boucher spoke highly of the collaborative approach to designing the park, saying, “through the leadership of New Line Skateparks, Antigonish’s Skatepark will become a landmark of positive change in our community.”
“As the concept comes to live, this world-class skatepark will broaden Antigonish’s recreational opportuntiies for more active living for our youth,” Boucher added.
Warden Owen McCarron of the Municipality of the County of Antigonish hopes to see a park designed to create, “a healthy and sustainable community that supports youth in their development of new skills through the practice of sport.”
A class act
According to information from the Town of Antigonish, New Line Skateparks outstripped its competition as the most experienced and respected municipal skatepark design-build team.
The Toronto-based company has designed over 270 projects on both national and international levels.
In addition to the input of the public, the design process will entail collaboration of all partners who are working together to make the All Wheels Skatepark a reality, including the Town and County of Antigonish, St. F.X. and the Antigonish Skatepark Association.
Jason Mason, a member of the Antigonish Skatepark Association and professional skateboarder, originally from Antigonish had high praise for parks designed by New Line.
He noted he has skated in a number of the company’s parks over the years and described them as “world-class.”
“I was really happy that New Line submitted the best bid, and I think everyone should know that New Line has been working with Antigonish and supporting our efforts for more than 20 years in the form of Jim Barnum,” Mason said. “I think winning the bid and building our park means just as much to them as it does for us.”
Information from the Town of Antigonish referenced the history of potential for a skate park in town, noting, “for 30 years, residents Antigonish have been talking about the potential of a skate park, and the impact it would have on the youth living in Antigonish.
The All Wheels Skatepark is expected to be completed in fall 2019.
In a bid to raise funds for the park in 2018, the Antigonish Skatepark Association entered and made it to the finals of the Kraft Heinz Project Play project. The project awards grant money to communities across Canada to help build local recreational spaces.