Town approves skateboard park tender

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The site of a new skateboard park for Yarmouth. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

By Tina Comeau



Although it had already approved funding for a skateboard park in the town budget it had approved a week earlier, on July 19 Yarmouth Town Council held a special council meeting to award a tender for the project.

Council accepted the lowest of four tenders for the site and preparation work that needs to take place prior to ramps and rails being installed on the site of the new skateboard park, which will be located on land adjacent to the South End Supervised Playground.

The tender accepted was in the amount of $247,914 (exclusive of HST) that was submitted by Graham Construction Ltd. While two other tenders had come in at $255,840.13 and $282,102.89, the highest of the four tenders was $360,000.

Yarmouth Mayor Phil Mooney said following the meeting that the Yarmouth company has indicated it can start its work anytime.

The tender approved by council last Thursday does not represent the entire cost of the project. The contract amount for the precast components from the Canadian Ramp Company is $172,050 plus HST, and the cost of engineering consulting services from ABL Environmental Consultants is $9,650 plus HST.

This brings the total project cost of the park to $429,614 plus HST.

It was stated at the council meeting that avenues are being explored for funding for the project that could decrease the amount of money the town has to pay. Of the money for the project that the town had already set aside for the park in its budget, $88,000 had come from other funding sources.

Talk in the community of building a skateboard park in the south part of town has been going on for nearly two decades.




Organizations: Yarmouth Town Council, Graham Construction, Canadian Ramp Company ABL Environmental Consultants

Geographic location: Yarmouth

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Recent comments

  • Yarrr
    July 25, 2012 - 17:18

    Donna ever see the commons in Halifax? Ever been to a skate or roller blade event that draws hundreds from all over the Maritimes and even Ontario? I assume not. This is huge for Yarmouth. Firstly it finally creates a truly youth friendly space and secondly it enables the town to have an annual competition that could draw hundreds as well as bring in big sponsors. It has the potential to put a lot of revitalization back in to south end and thousands of dollars a year in spin off revenue. Contrary to what a lot of people in town who are disturbingly close minded think it's not just going to be some slab of concrete where skaters will hang out and smoke dope...Sad that all people can think about in Yarmouth is a ferry. We CAN progress in other areas while also working on a ferry.

  • Donna Thorburn
    July 21, 2012 - 15:49

    It unnerves me everytime i see money being put into something totally unnecessary. Why don't we pool all this money and put it towards what really counts "Gettin our ferry back" Come on people time to open your eyes. What is Yarmouth going to benefit from this.