Newline Skateparks will be conducting a design input workshop for the Muskoseepi Skatepark expansion tonight.
City Recreation and Sport Manager Kylee Haining says Newline is coming in from Calgary to work with the community to see what features could be added to the park.
“Essentially, we hired them to do the expansion and to help us with sort of looking to the future of what we would need for action sport facilities,” said Haining. “What I believe they will likely do is bring in some concept ideas and then pick from those, you know get the feedback from those as to where we would go from there.”
Haining adds they are looking at is a facility that would be “for all ages and skill levels, and for people that do skateboarding, free style BMX and inline skating, and actually we’ve even had some interest that we have features that could be used for parkour as well.”
She says the hope is for the park to become more inclusive.
“I think what it will do is the crowd down there will have been more advanced skateboarders because that park tends to be a quite bit harder and I think the idea is to be able to expand the park to include all skill levels, so I think what you’ll see is the widening of all abilities to be able to use it.”
Haining also said that with action sports growing exponentially and with skateboarding being in the next Olympics, interest in these types of sports is growing.
It is still undecided how much modification will be made to the park, but construction is scheduled to start in the fall and will be finished by the end of May 2018.
Anyone who is interested in contributing ideas for the expansion is welcome at tonight’s workshop. It will take place in the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion at Muskoseepi Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.