Area skaters overanxious

Jason Malloy
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Town officials asking the public to stay off new skate park until project is complete

TRURO - It appears some people can't wait for the new skate park to open in downtown Truro.
Some people have been overanxious in trying out the under-constructed skate park late at night and during the wee hours of the morning. Town of Truro officials want the public to know they must wait about another month before using the recreation facility.
"If we want to get the park up and ready as soon as possible we need to give it time," said community recreation co-ordinator Ashley Smith. "It's important to let the
contractors do their work and get the
park finished."
Construction on the $297,500 skate park, located between Brunswick Street and the Truro Centre near the CN pensioners club, started in early May and is expected to be ready by late July or early August.
Smith said the youth are excited about the project and the local Skate Park Action Team is busy fundraising the remaining $14,000 of its share of the costs.
Const. Jon Keddy, of the Truro Police Service, said people entering the construction site are trespassing. He said there are safety and liability concerns and those on the site could lose access to the facility for six months.
While there was no damage, he said, there were tire marks on the site from where people were riding.
The town initially proposed building the park off of Marshland Drive but when cost estimates came back at more than $150,000 over budget, council decided to move the facility to cut costs on site preparation and drainage.

Organizations: Truro Centre, CN, Skate Park Action Team Truro Police Service

Geographic location: TRURO, Brunswick Street

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Recent comments

  • MR
    January 18, 2010 - 10:14

    Someday we will have these article too.

  • greg
    January 18, 2010 - 09:57

    i think the graffiti (tasteful, age appropriate and non offensive)enhances any skatepark.
    its part of the subculture. many parks have an organized schedule for artists to showcase their work, and after a set time..say 3 months.. another artist is allowed to show their work.
    its not for us grizzled old adults..its for the kids, and those who still know how to have fun and express themselves..:P it took us a long time to accept the validity of skating, and graffiti will always be part of that. better on their own turf, that they helped raise money for, than on the side of my house.