Victoria receives funding for new skatepark
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.