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City of Corner Brook, contractor won’t confirm plan for former softball pitch on Wellington Street

Heavy equipment works on preparing the site at the former B diamond softball pitch on Wellington Street in Corner Brook Wednesday.
Heavy equipment works on preparing the site at the former B diamond softball pitch on Wellington Street in Corner Brook Wednesday.

Something is being developed at the former B diamond softball pitch on Wellington Street, but getting someone to confirm what it is has proven difficult.

According to social media posts, a new skateboard park is being built on the decommissioned softball field located next to the City of Corner Brook’s dog park and Fred Basha Memorial Park softball field.

On Wednesday, a backhoe and a roller worked away at spreading out and flattening gravel over a large rectangular-shaped area on the city-owned property.

When asked what was happening there, the City of Corner Brook would not confirm any details of the nature of the project.

“We are certainly aware of the situation and that there is equipment onsite and it is absolutely under our review … It’s not that we don’t know (what’s happening there), it’s that we can’t confirm any of the details,” said Bonita Decaire, the city’s information officer.

Decaire referred to checking with city officials regarding permits, but could not confirm anything in that regard. She also said the city is reviewing all of the options available to the contractor doing the work.

Whatever the project is, it’s being done by Marine Contractors. The company also would not confirm what it is doing there, citing that it did not have permission from its client to speak publicly about the project.

Marine Contractors did confirm that the client is not the City of Corner Brook.

The Western Star sent a mass email to all seven members of Corner Brook city council, asking for further information about the work, but no one replied as of deadline Wednesday.

The current skate park in Corner Brook is located off Commercial Street, behind the former Canada Post building, which has been developed to now include a number of health-related businesses.

The skate park opened in 2001 and was a project spearheaded by the Kinsmen Club of Corner Brook, in partnership with the city and several local businesses.

The skate park has been in rough shape for years and its replacement was identified as a high priority in a recreational master plan done for the city in 2010. The report did not specify a location for a new skate park.

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