There are a number of safety concerns surrounding the current skatepark. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

Fernie applies for new skatepark grant

Required renovations seek to solve current maintenance and safety issues

At a special meeting of council held on July 9 in Fernie, mayor Ange Qualizza and councillor Morgan Pulsifer put forward a motion asking for council’s support for a grant application to help build a new skatepark in Fernie.

The funding would be derived from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s Community, Culture and Recreation stream. With the provincial and federal governments having committed over $100 million to the program, projects eligible for funding must increase the quality and access of recreational, cultural, and community spaces.

As stated in the notice, the current skatepark facility requires upgrades to meet the safety standards exhibited by modern skateparks. Despite previous efforts, further required repairs remain extensive, with significant safety concerns pertaining to the uncontrolled cracking and gaps in the cement. Should the cracks not be tended to, the facility will likely be decommissioned in the future. Due to the costliness of a replacement facility, the notice points to the importance of grant funding to alleviate costs for such an undertaking.

The notice of motion went on to suggest that the City of Fernie would benefit from a renovated skatepark as they reduce illicit behaviour, draw skateboarders away from less appropriate areas, and offer significant mental and physical health benefits for those who partake in the activity. The notice also states that municipal skateparks support youth with nowhere else to go, while providing a social support network for children in situations where school, family, and traditional sports clubs do not suffice. The notice went on to claim that safe and well designed skateparks also attract a variety of visitors, ultimately providing economic benefits to the communities that implement them.

“The growing culture of skateboarding has made a positive impact in communities across British Columbia,” read the notice of motion. “Young people need things to do and places where they are free to be themselves in Fernie. This includes not only our facilities that cater to more traditional sport, but also a space for skateboarding as a healthy form of recreational and social activity. A well built and properly sited skatepark that reflects the needs of local skateboarders is a hub of creative physical activity, a place where kids and adults come together and are focused on their sport in a positive environment.”

Following the presentation of the notice of motion, council unanimously voted in favour of supporting the grant application. For more information, visit the City of Fernie’s website at Fernie.com.



reporter@thefreepress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

skateboarding

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

Conservation Officers seek public assistance

A mule deer buck was poached within Elkford town limits

Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Interior Health

The total number of Interior Health cases since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 522

Annual Elk Valley Pride Festival paints the town rainbow

Festivities began with a spirited Pride Bike Parade and flag raising ceremony

City of Fernie installs new railway safety decals

Part of Rail Safety Week, the initiative promotes railway safety at one of Fernie’s busy crossings

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

2 British Columbians arrested, 3 at large in massive Alberta drug bust

Eight people are facing 33 charges in what police have dubbed Project Incumbent

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Most Read