Clinton Green helped spearhead the skateboard park project. He says he’s proud that the work is done and looks forward to the community being able to take advantage of the park.
“I’m super excited about it, I’m glad it’s finally at this point,” he says. “We don’t have to tell people to leave and get out before it was opened, and now it’s open to the public.
Green adds the project got started with the help of friend, Adam Kirschner as they brought the idea forward to the city. They also had a lot of help from the local community.
“We approached the city for approval to get the project going. Once that was a go, then we presented for the land, did some grant writing and approached other groups to support us, and we got the support, and made it happen,” he explains. “We formed a committee of skateboarders, BMX users and scooters, and pretty much ages from 10-25.”
Kirschner adds that it was great to see so many people out on the first day of the park being open.
“It’s good to see, there’s people chucking themselves all over the place already,” he admits. “Everyone’s really excited. I remember what this was like when I was young. I couldn’t say that I’m not as excited as them.”
The park being built, according to Kirschner was more of a necessity than a desire for the local skating community.
“I never had any doubt, because I knew it needed to happen,” he says. “It wasn’t a matter of want, it was a matter of I knew it needed to happen. You look at how many kids are here, there’s no way they fit, there’s no way that it could function. There’s a high population of people who bike, scooter, and skateboard now that there is in most organized sports, especially in North Eastern B.C.”
The skate park committee has more space reserved heading east of the park up 93rd Avenue for expanding the park. It’s hoped within five to ten years, the park will undergo an expansion phase to meet the demands of the growing population.