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Trail celebrates groundbreaking for new SK8 Park

Left to Right: Councillor Santori; Councillor Cacchioni; Zane McLellan (Society for the Friends of the Trail Skatepark); Councillor Gattafoni Robinson; Patrick Audet (Society for the Friends of the Trail Skatepark); Mayor Martin; Councillor Dobie; Geoff Ross (Alpine Contracting); Ian Butler & Jessy Brown (New Line Skateparks); Murray McConnachie (Columbia Basin Trust); Councillor Pasin.

The City of Trail is pleased to announce the Trail SK8 Park Project officially broke ground today at Gyro Park. Mayor Mike Martin, members of council, and representatives from the Society for the Friends of the Trail Skatepark (the Society), New Line Skateparks and Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) officially commemorated this significant occasion with a sod-turning photo at the construction site. The expected completion date of the project is late September 2018.

“The Trail SK8 Park will become a reality this fall, and we couldn’t be more pleased,” said Martin. “After nearly 20 years of work by various councils in contemplating design options, location concepts along with a number of funding alternatives, we are delighted to see commencement today of a project much asked for by our community.”

New Line Skateparks, a Langley BC-based provider of large-scale municipal skatepark construction services, has been working on the park design-build concept with the City for many years. In the spring of 2017, CBT provided $150,000 of Recreation Infrastructure grant funding, and city council committed $445,000 to complete the project the following year. Additional fundraising by the Society of $80,000 in cash contributions and $8,500 of in-kind services, and a donation of $30,000 USD from the Murphy Family Foundation, also contribute to the capital project budget. Donors, who made a contribution of $100 or more, will be recognized on bronze plaques that will be installed on a decorative donor wall at the skatepark site.

“We are so appreciative of the grant funding and fundraising contributions,” said Martin. “These donations demonstrate the dedication and commitment to our community, the SK8 Park Project and our youth. The park will be a safe place for skateboarders, BMX bike riders, wheelchair and push/kick scooter users who want to develop athletic skills while facing the fun challenges of the park’s rails, bowls, and pipes. It will also have an area to accommodate spectators and will be a wonderful addition to Gyro Park's other family-friendly all ages amenities.”

The City will announce details about a grand opening event that will take place this fall. Information about the project and the grand opening event will be posted at www.trail.ca/skatepark and the City’s Facebook page.