Up, up & away, $23k for Sackville skateboard park

Half-pipe for Sackville’s skateboard park (Photo courtesy Canadian Ramp Company)

The 20-year-old Sackville skateboard park will be getting a big upgrade this fall if town council approves a $23,000 expenditure for a 30-foot long, 12-foot wide and four-foot high galvanized steel structure known as a half-pipe.

At their meeting this week, councillors were told that the Canadian Ramp Company was the low bidder on the project and that the money would come from the $150,000 the town was awarded as part of New Brunswick’s Canada 150 provincial grants.

Councillors will be asked to approve the project at their next meeting on September 11th.

Black enthusiastic

“As a skater, I’m really excited for a half-pipe in Sackville,” said Councillor Andrew Black.

He added that when he was a kid, there were two plywood structures downtown.

“And kids got hurt quite often. They would just get up and cry and go home…but a half-pipe is just going to be fantastic for the people who skate in town.”

Black predicted that as Sackville’s skatepark develops further, people will travel from other areas such as Moncton and Amherst to skate here.

Skatepark history

Sackville skateboard park on Dufferin St. in 2017

Judging from a search of archival articles in the Sackville Tribune-Post, the town’s skateboard park has evolved slowly over the past two decades.

“When a bylaw was introduced in 1996 prohibiting the use of skateboards on town streets and sidewalks, the town set up a temporary park for skateboarders in the parking lot of Atlantic Wholesalers (now Moneris),” the newspaper’s Katie Tower reported in November, 2008.

“This served the purpose until the new $25,000 park was built in 1997 on Dufferin Street, a year after a group of local skaters approached town council asking for a safe and suitable place to enjoy their sport,” she added.

Park expansion

Along with the installation of the new half-pipe, town staff are proposing to spend an additional $10,500 of the provincial grant money to expand the park slightly and perhaps, spruce up some of the existing equipment.

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2 Responses to Up, up & away, $23k for Sackville skateboard park

  1. Rima Azar says:

    I wish I knew about this park earlier! I know someone who would have enjoyed it…

    I agree with Councellor Black that kids get hurt often (I have been a city street roller blader for years, even under shelling, and I survived…).

    This being said, what is the size of our skatepark population? Do Sackville youth have continued interest in the park since its opening? I am curious.

    Are more funds required for future maintenance?

    Is this park usually supervised? And are there extra costs related to liability (insurance)?

    Finally, how about adding an inexpensive yet priceless Canadian signature to that project/park (eg., decoration? Flag?). I say this because the funds would come from the “New Brunswick’s Canada 150” grant :).

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  2. Cloyde Syfox says:

    This is great news. Please repave and ‘re organize what is already there as well. The structure s that are there are great just hard to get speed to roll up when the ground is so very rough. I would also suggest a 3 foot ramp instead of a 4. Safer and more use will be gotten out of it. Cheaper also. Every park has features that are too big and dangerous for the kids living in the town. Amherst spent all that money on a huge halfpipe and a big wallride feature and how much does it get used? By using what you already have and expanding you could make a great skatpark in sackville that people would come and skate.

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