Olympic Stadium to get $750K skate park in 2017
New park will be located at the corner of Pie-IX Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street
A state-of-the-art skate park is coming to the Olympic Stadium as Montreal gears up to host next year's Canadian skateboarding championship.
The new park will be located at the corner of Pie-IX Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street and expand on the existing concrete and skate pipe that is already popular with skateboarders.
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"We were told that the community really needed a place like this," Manon McHugh from the Olympic Park said.
The park will be constructed to the tune of $750,000, which McHugh said will be paid off within five years from ticket sales and sponsorship programs. It will include 20 different structures, including two quarter pipes.
The announcement comes one day after an annual skating event in Montreal where skateboarders took freely and safely to the streets and main arteries of the city.
Construction is slated to begin in spring 2017.
"It's going to be huge," McHugh said.
Skateboarder David Bouthillier, better known as David Boots, believes the project shows the city is embracing the sport.
"Well we are starting to see a shift in the attitude towards skateboarding in Montreal," Boots said.
"Just recently we legalized skateboarding in Peace Park, we weren't allowed to skateboard here previously and now we are animating the park with shows and events."
With files from Neil Herland