New skatepark officially coming to the West Shore in early 2023 – Vancouver Island Free Daily

The West Rim is officially getting its long-awaited skate park, with a grand opening scheduled for March 2023.

The West Shore Parks and Recreation Society announced Friday, May 13, the construction of what will be a 13,000 square foot facility.

Located in Colwood on the grounds of West Shore Parks and Recreation, the park is designed by Vancouver-based New Line Skateparks in partnership with van der Zalm + Associates Inc., one of the city’s largest city skate park construction teams. experienced in Canada, according to a press release.

“As of October 2015, our West Shore communities of (now) nearly 84,000 people have been missing a key piece of recreational infrastructure for our youth,” said Board Chair Kyara Kahakauwila. “We are now able to move forward with our plans to create a 13,000 square foot multipurpose space for our youth in collaboration with users and our collective communities. Mental and physical health are closely linked, even more so for young minds; with this new infrastructure in place in our communities, we will once again have a safe gathering place where young people can socialize, be physically active and gain confidence as they develop their skills.

The park replaces the Belmont skate park, which was demolished in 2015.

For more than six years, a committed group of community members forming the Westshore Skate Park Coalition and the staff of West Shore Parks and Recreation have been advocating and raising funds for a park in the area.

Jimmy Miller, Coalition Chair, said “On behalf of the young and the young-at-heart, the Westshore Skatepark Coalition is thrilled to announce that we are finally at this point. While our journey is not yet complete, the end is so near and we can’t wait to ride in radical new terrain.

The concept design for the park, which was created in 2017 by New Line Skate Parks, and more information about the project, can be found at wspr.ca.


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