Skate Park Construction
Coming this fall – Peace River’s skate park dreams become reality.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the local Curtis Marshall Memorial Skate Park Committee, ground has been broken downtown at the site of the new park. This is project that local municipalities have supported both financially and in spirit.
Important info during construction
Throughout the summer the area is expected to be an active construction zone. Construction fencing is in place and contractors will be following the strictest safety precautions. During this time operations at the Peace River spray park next door will not be impacted. Parking may be an issue at times as construction equipment will be entering and leaving the park.
For tennis players in the area, the courts at Glenmary are currently open and available for use. The court in Lower West Peace is the process of having renovations tendered.
The skate park equipment that was at the site has been moved. Some of it has been moved to the park in Shaftesbury estates – that equipment will stay there permanently. The other pieces of the park have been taken to a Town yard to be examined for wear and tear.
At its core this skate park is a community endeavour to honour a friend and a community member. While the bulk of the fundraising and work has been done by the committee, the Town of Peace River has contributed substantially to the project.
In 2012 Town Council voted to support the project by donating the land that the skate park would go on. This gave the committee a base to work from and a site to build the concept around.
During the summer of 2015 both the Town of Peace River and Northern Sunrise County council’s decided to contribute money totaling $100,000 from the jointly held capital fund to help the committee meet their fundraising goals. Joint capital is a cost-sharing endeavour between Northern Sunrise County and the Town of Peace River that helps fund projects of regional importance within the Town of Peace River.
Early in 2016 the committee had gathered the funding required and had started the development permit and building permit processes. Over the next few months Town staff worked diligently to ensure the proposed park designs worked with the land, the neighbouring park and met Town building requirements. This process of guidance, support and consultation between Town staff and the skatepark committee took place over a number of months.
During this process a new problem arose – geotechnical surveys showed riverbed silt and unstable earth. This meant large scale soil remediation had to be completed first and in March Peace River and Northern Sunrise Council agreed to contribute another $90,000 to ensure the project went ahead.
In June of this year the committee broke ground with the help of some local contractors who have donated their time. However, one final roadblock presented itself when the committee found themselves without the funds to pay for trucking services during the soil remediation phase. In order to ensure that this did not derail the whole project council approved the expense of $10,000. Town staff also worked with the committee to help the committee refine their budget.
The park is expected to open in the fall of 2016.