Robbie Fowler competed at the annual Stompdown competition at the skate park on September 8 2018. Keri Sculland/Star Photo

Skatepark phase 2 gets nod of approval from council

Town council has given the nod of approval for potential skate park upgrades and a proposed paved pump track.

On April 2, the Gentleman’s Leisure Club spoke to council , seeking a supporting resolution to allow the club to apply for granting opportunities to enable freeride park improvements at the Mount 7 Rec Plex grounds.

The skate park was built in 2005 by the Golden Freeride Association, which operated under the Golden Area Initiative. When it was constructed, the current features at the park were intended to be the first phase of the project. Now, the Gentleman’s Leisure Club wants to move forward with second phase upgrades.

Councillors and town staff noted that the skate park is one of the areas in town that is maintained well by its users. Often in the spring, users will shovel off the park to get it ready for skateboarding, biking, scooters, and more.

The pump track at the skate park is made from dirt, and is used by all ages of sports enthusiasts, and was built by the Golden Cycling Club in 2012 entirely by volunteer efforts. Last summer, the club hired a contractor to reshape and tune-up the existing track.

Gentleman’s Leisure Club’s Brian Coles added that if the pump track were paved, maybe users would be out shoveling it off to use it as well.

“Our next step is getting together with the skate park community and forming a committee to see how to best use the area around the Rec Plex and what the expansion of the skate park would look like,” said Coles. “That way, the paved pump track could be built in the most effective spot and style possible.”

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