New skate park coming to Labrador City this summer
A brand new $500,000 skate park is set to start construction in Labrador City, with completion expected later this summer.
The town council says it made the project a priority after intensive pressure from young people in the community.
Skater Matt Boland said the new skate park is sorely needed for young people in the community.
"Recently it's been pretty barren, you know. We got a box and we got a rail that we can hit on a tennis court," he said.
Skater Mike Collier said it's important to update the park, from its current state of three tennis courts and some slabs of wood, to real equipment.
"It looks like the town should really invest into a skate park — especially for all the younger riders," he said.
"I actually have a friend [named] Ryan Antle and he's sponsored by TransWorld BMX, and I'd like to see that for everyone else, to get that chance."
Adam Smith, director of recreation in Labrador City, said the town is hoping the park will be ready by August.
"The Canadian Ramp Company helped us design the park, and we had a public session down at the Arts and Culture Centre where we had very good input from four [years old] up to adults," said Smith.
"Anytime now in the next week or two they'll be pegging away and laying the concrete pad, and hopefully by Aug. 1 we'll see it all done and complete."
The new park is being constructed across from the Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital.
With files from Chris Ensing