Feds help fund skateboard park

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Yarmouth's skateboard park nears completion.

The federal government has contributed $114,000 towards the skateboard park in Yarmouth’s south end.

West Nova MP Greg Kerr announced the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) contribution on Friday.

The project is well on its way to completion. Yarmouth town council approved an additional $197,000 to complete the $435,000 project (in addition to the $150,000 it had already set aside) in its 2012-13 budget. The federal money will reduce the municipal share to $247,042. The province has also contributed $60,000 towards the project.

MP Kerr said,  “This facility will be an important piece of recreational infrastructure for the young people of this community.”

 According to a government press release, the federal investment will support excavation, grading and landscaping on the current site as well as the installation of proper drainage systems and retaining walls.  It will also support the creation of new grind rails, banks, ramps and quarter pipes.

 “The skateboard park is a valued part of our community’s recreational offering,” said Yarmouth's outgoing mayor, Phil Mooney.  “These upgrades are creating an even better place for our young people to come together, have fun and participate in sport.”

The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

 

Organizations: Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, Yarmouth town council

Geographic location: Yarmouth

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  • A. Sherman
    November 09, 2012 - 07:31

    I disagree. I think this town has been severely lacking in activities for youth. This is a positive step to change that. If it gets them off the street or outside away from video games for some physical activity then its a good thing. Yes it seems like a lot of money up front, but the maintenance costs over the long term shouldn't be much.

  • Stephen Charchuk
    November 03, 2012 - 20:29

    I can think of better things to have spent this money on. Very few can rollerskate. Just wait until the first kid breaks their neck.