The Town of Pasadena has decided to put its new skateboard park in the west end of the town in the area of Seaward’s Sports Field.
With the equipment for the park due to arrive in about two weeks, Coun. Derrick Anthony had the park added to the agenda for Monday night’s council meeting.
Specifically he was looking for a decision on where to locate the park — in the area of the new recreation centre or in the west end.
Anthony told his fellow councillors there was some urgency associated to making a decision because installation of the equipment is included in the $100,000 cost.
He said the supplier, Canadian Ramp Co., had some flexibility on the installation, but if council put off deciding where the park would go for much longer it would be looking at having to cover the cost itself later.
After a short discussion on the issue, council decided to talk about it further in a private meeting following the public meeting.
On Tuesday, Anthony said council decided to go with the west end location.
“The ideal location certainly would have been in the vicinity of our new complex,” said Anthony in reference to the recreation centre being constructed on Tenth Avenue.
In examining that area and what would be required to prepare it for skate park, Anthony said the town could be severely limiting itself by putting the park there.
“We don’t know how it might encroach on the building and any amenities we might be adding to that building,” he said.
With that in mind the second preferred site, the location in the west end, became the selected site.
Anthony said it is a little out of the way, but believes any concerns about the area can be mitigated.
He said the town is looking at removing some trees to make it more visible.
“Plus part of our recreation plan is development of that particular recreation site,” Anthony said.
He said the town plans to put some playground equipment there in the near future and there is discussion about locating an outdoor rink there.
Anthony said site preparation will be minimal because the park will be located in an area of undisturbed land.
He said the town has already marked off the site and the area that will see a concrete pad installed to provide a base for the equipment.
Anthony said it’s possible the installation of the pad and equipment could be done within the next month.