Morgan referred to the new park, which will be located at 93 Street and 93 Avenue, as an "integrated site built concrete skatepark", meaning the new park will be integrated into its surroundings, which is Mathews Park.
Morgan talked about a variety of parameters Newline focused on when developing the city’s new toy, such as viewing areas for spectators, paying homage to the city’s energy theme, as well as playing with a Northern Lights theme. Morgan also emphasized the importance of considering how accessible the park is to Emergency Medical Services.
From a user’s perspective, Morgan says the park will provide good balance and flow between obstacles and areas of the park for its riders. He described the park as one with clear traffic lines to increase flow, which will include lots of open space and standing areas for fellow users waiting their turn.
He says the park will include "authentic plaza features", while providing ideal opportunities for growth and development from riders ranging from pro to novice.
The park’s theme, which will play on Fort St. John’s energy sector, is represented in the park by various angular, geometric forms to ride on. The Northern Lights were also something Morgan seemed very keen on including in the overall inspiration of the park, something he said helped in developing the natural flow of the attraction for its riders. He also said a neat idea would be to incorporate glowing lights, which would visible at night time.
Many of the park’s ideas were developed through feedback provided by the extreme sport community, who over the past two months had the opportunity to submit their ideas and suggestions for features, which Newline Skateparks took into heavy consideration when creating the first sketch.
Following the debut of the park’s design, the creative process now shifts back to Newline Skateparks’ headquarters, where Morgan says he and his team will complete the second phase of the four phase process. Phase two includes refining the park's concept based on feedback from the second meeting, budget planning, and finally, develop working drawings to provide to a construction company.
After the meeting, which involved a lot of ideas flying back and forth from Morgan and everyone in attendance, the VP talked about the importance of feedback from the Fort St. John community.
"I think it was a fairly typical, a lot of positive comments and then some ideas for tweaking slightly to improve the design, so exactly what you’d want to see at this point. The more input we get, the more we can respond to the community and what the interests are in this area."
Morgan then talked about his company’s next move in the design process.
"We’ll actually finalize the concept, so any last details that we want to modify based on the feedback from tonight. Then the project will really go behind the scenes once the project is finalized and that’s the engineering and getting the park ready for construction next season."
He adds that Newline Skateparks will not be holding any more public meetings, as all the feedback received has involved relatively minor changes. If the company has any questions or concerns, they will be posted on the City’s website.
If all goes to plan, Morgan says the park could potentially be up and running by this coming summer.