FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The temporary snow park near Toboggan Hill along 93rd Avenue is set to open at 3:00 p.m. today.

Owner of Victory Skateboards Cole Andrews was given the green light for the project at the beginning of January from City staff and says that weather permitting the park should be open to the public come Saturday as construction was recently completed.

The City run and maintained park will feature a number of jumps, rails, boxes and ledges and will be available to the public during the daytime, free of charge. However, riders must abide by safety protocols.

“Riders will be required to wear helmets,” said Andrews. “It will be a City run and maintained park and riders will have to follow the rules and regulations put in place. It’s the same as any other park.”

In addition to helmets, other rules for riders include:

  • Children under 12 must be supervised by a guardian 16+
  • No inverts/flips
  • Do not overcrowd the run – wait until the obstacles are clear
  • Control your speed and direction
  • Use at OWN RISK
  • Share the run – all skill abilities and ages are welcome
  • Snowboards and Skis only – sleds, crazy carpets, toboggans, etc. are strictly forbidden
  • Riding during daytime hours only – do not ride at night (limited visibility)
  • This park is subject to be closed at any time City staff deem it unsafe
  • Report concerns to the City of Fort St. John

In total 16 local sponsors and numerous volunteers helped bring the snow park to fruition with Shell providing nearly all of the funding.