Sparwood skate park project underway

The District of Sparwood has approved the allocation of land to build a new skate park in the district.

The District of Sparwood has approved the allocation of land to build a new skate park in the district following a request made by the Sparwood Futures Society.

The Futures Society identified the need for a skate park and has been responsible for raising the funds necessary to construct the project.

The society approached the district to request that they allocate the northeast corner of the Leisure Centre parking lot for the construction of the concrete skate park and that they also assume the management of construction once funds are raised.

Council addressed the request at the December 15 council meeting.

The Futures Society estimates that the construction of the park will be $500,000 — $70,000 of which has already been dedicated through the society’s funds as well as grants and donations.

“It will take a lot of cash and in-kind donations to make it happen,” said Bob Burritt, president of the Futures Society in a letter to council. “Given the amount, we also understand that this will take a few years to bring to fruition.”

It was also noted that the district may be responsible for contributing to drainage infrastructure that may be needed at the site.

The Futures Society is a group that seeks to improve the district and has been a part of significant projects such as the Water Spray Park and contributions to Lilac Terrace.