Skateboarders Invited To Help Design SkatePark

Published on: 2011/02/23 - in News Releases

First Permanent Skatepark Will Be At Wally Neighbourhood Centre

Community Response to Neighbourhood Concerns (CRNC) and the City are inviting skatepark users to bring their ideas to help design the elements in a new skatepark to be built at the Wally Elmer Neighbourhood Centre in Kingston’s Rideau Heights district.

“If you are interested in skateparks in Kingston, we want to hear from you,” Neal Unsworth, Manager, Parks Development.

The public design workshop is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, in the gym at Rideau Heights Public School, 77 MacCauley St. and will be lead by renowned skatepark designer Jim Barnum of Spectrum Skatepark Creations.

CRNC and the City intend to build a 7,500 to 12,000 square foot concrete facility that will include a street course as well as classic skatepark elements.

“We’re really looking forward to involving all those who are the ‘wheel users’ who make up the skatepark community in the building this new place to play. We want it to be inviting for beginner skateboarders and to offer elements for those who have been at it for a while,” says Gillian Moss of CRNC.

The final shape of the park will depend on the funds raised for the project. To date, the project has $325,000 committed to it through fundraising by CRNC and a City contribution of $200,000. This fundraising includes donations from the United Way serving KFL&A and the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area, the Healthy Community Fund and individuals. These contributions go toward the goal of $700,000 to build the park.

Those interested in attending the workshop are encouraged to pre-register by contacting Moss at 613-542-7940 or or CRNC’s Christine Bell at 613-542-2949, ext. 144 or

CRNC and the City will incorporate the ideas generated at the workshop and work with consultants Spectrum Skatepark Creations Ltd. and Stantec Inc., to develop draft concept plans for the park to be presented to the public this summer.


West-49 Lyons Skatepark: A public information session on the relocation and improvements to the West-49 Lyons Skatepark in Polson Park will be held on Wednesday, March 9, in the Polson Park Free Methodist Church hall, 5 Miles Ave., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Grenadier Skatepark: Kingston skateboarders will also be interested to know that the City is planning a public information sessions to outline plans to improve Grenadier Skatepark in the city’s east end. The session is set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, in the cafeteria of La Salle Secondary School at R.R.#2, 773 Highway 15.

Find details on these information sessions – and updates on the Wally Skate Park – at

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