Skate park moving quickly
Good weather has longawaited project ahead of schedule
Years in the making, a project to build a new skate park in the city may have finally gained some speed, with local staff not ruling out an earlier opening date for the new facility in Shakespeare Park.
Plagued with delays since its inception close to a decade ago – some of the project’s roadblocks have included discussions on the best location for the park and finding a contractor to actually build the project – recent good weather has allowed New Line Skateparks, the company building the park, to move at a quicker pace than initially expected.
The lack of rain over the last few weeks and a very specialized working crew have contributed to the faster construction pace, said Jim Bryson, manager of facilities for the city’s community services department.
“This is also a very specialized contractor,” he said. “This is what they do only, build skate parks, so they are experts in that field.”
Construction of Phase 1 of the project began two weeks ago, with staff now projecting the contractor, which has been working six days a week on the project, will be finished with Phase 1 in the next four weeks.
After that, the city will start working on improving the ground surrounding the park.
“As long as we have decent weather, that will likely take a week,” Bryson said.
City staff will also be installing a fence to divide the skate park and the train tracks, which could take an additional three to four days.
But despite the good pace, Bryson wouldn’t commit to giving an exact date for when the park will be open to the public, saying that the good luck they have had so far could quickly change.
“When you are in construction, sometimes you can run into roadblocks,” he said. “We just haven’t run into one yet, but that is not to say that we won’t”
Yet he also admitted being excited about the project getting done this fast.
“Here at the community services department we are thrilled that we are finally able to put the project forward, as it has been in the planning stage for many years,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
New Line Skateparks crew members work Thursday on Stratford’s new skate park. Recent good weather has allowed the project to move faster than initially expected.