Vic­to­ria re­ceives fund­ing for new skatepark

The Compass - - SPORTS - Melissa.jenk­

For sev­eral years, mem­bers of the recre­ation com­mis­sion in the Town of Vic­to­ria in Con­cep­tion Bay North have been dis­cussing the need to build a com­mu­nity skate­board park.

A sign can be seen on the side of Route 70 by passersby, not­ing the com­mis­sion has been in­ter­ested, and will set the plan into ac­tion when the funds are avail­able.

The goal is one step closer to re­al­ity.

It was an­nounced last week by the pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture and Recre­ation, Vic­to­ria has re­ceived a com­mu­nity cap­i­tal grant worth $15,000 to go to­wards the skatepark, which will be lo­cated next to the Ernest Clarke Me­mo­rial Soft­ball Field.

Vic­to­ria Mayor Barry Doo­ley thought there would be a chance the town would re­ceive some fund­ing for the new park, but didn’t ex­pect it so quickly.

He ad­mits he has mixed feel­ings about it, but not be­cause he doesn’t want it to be built.

“I would like to see as many ameni­ties in the town as pos­si­ble for our young peo­ple,” Doo­ley ex­plained dur­ing a phone in­ter­view with The Com­pass.

His only con­cern is if the fa­cil­ity will be tar­geted by van­dals. He ex­plained play­grounds in the town have been van­dal­ized in the past, a n d wou l d l i ke to see the skatepark last longer than a few months.

“I would like to see peo­ple re­spect it,” Doo­ley said.

One thing Doo­ley joked about was that the town will not see is him on a skate­board down at the new fa­cil­ity when it is com­pleted, but he’s hop­ing it will be en­joyed by “young cit­i­zens” for a long time to come.

There is no cur­rent time­frame on when con­struc­tion of the fa­cil­ity will be­gin or the cost of such a fa­cil­ity.

Vic­to­ria will be the third town in the CBN area to build a new skatepark, af­ter Bay Roberts opened its park ear­lier this sum­mer and Car­bon­ear com­pleted the con­struc­tion of its park late last month.

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