Local riders test out the new skate park at the Mission Leisure Centre. While already in use

Local riders test out the new skate park at the Mission Leisure Centre. While already in use

New Mission skate park officially open on Saturday

The recreational facility cost approximately $460,000 and took 14 weeks to construct.

  • Jul. 13, 2016 2:00 p.m.

Mission’s new skate park will officially open on Saturday, July 16.

The parks, recreation and culture department is hosting the event which will feature council members taking part in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. and recognizing sponsors of the park.

Hippie Mike’s 2016 Super Tour Skateboard Competition follows at 1 p.m.

Registration for the competition starts at 11:30 am, entry is $5 or free with the donation of two items to the food bank.

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Categories include mini, beginner, intermediate, advanced, open, and girls.

Riders have been using the new facility for the past week as the security fence was taken down to allow a soft opening.

Park construction began in March and took 14 weeks to complete. According to Stephanie Key, Mission’s deputy director of parks, recreation and culture, the project was completed on time and on budget.

The total cost for the project was approximately $460,000 (the budget amount was set at $440,000 but the project also received some donations of services and funds from local businesses and youth.)

“We’ll still accept donations if people want to contribute and we’d recognize them on our pathway on the way in,” said Key

Those who made donations have their names etched into the concrete pathway leading to the park which is located on the grounds of the Mission Leisure Centre on Seventh Avenue and Grand Street.

In the fall, the old skate park, located adjacent to the new one, will be removed.

“We’re working through the exact details of what we will do with the site, whether it just gets turned back into grass, because the future of what is going to happen there is not fully determined. We might gravel it. We are working through those process,” said Key.

Until then it can still be used by riders.

The Mission Skate Park was developed with input from local skaters and the contractor New Line Skate Parks, who also constructed the park.