A New Skate Park for Chemainus

North Cowichan, BC - After a ­­­successful search for the best location, North Cowichan is excited to proceed with a new skate park on the former Chemainus Elementary School site. Staff will soon issue a Request for Proposals for the new skate park, which is expected to be between 6,000 and 9,000 square feet in size, and accommodate bikes, skateboards, scooters and in-line skates.

The future vision for this project is a centrally-located park in Chemainus with various recreational components and amenities, stated Mayor Jon Lefebure. The skate park will be just one element of the park and provide an opportunity for our youth to pursue healthy, active lifestyles, he added. It is exciting and encouraging to see the kids in our community engaged in the design process for the skate park and eager to see this facility built.

Safety in our community is a top priority, and we applaud North Cowichan for moving forward with this project, said Officer in Charge, Ray Carfantan of the Duncan-North Cowichan RCMP Detachment. When communities provide these types of recreational facilities, it steers skaters away from roads and sidewalks improving safety for participants, pedestrians and motorists, he added.

At a community meeting held in Chemainus on June 13, 2013, there was strong public support to locate the new skate park on the former school site as shown on theattached site plan.  North Cowichan staff are currently working on the detailed design of the skate park which will be presented to Council for final approval. It is expected that construction will begin later this summer.

The Municipality will be conducting another community meeting with the public to review the overall concept plan for the former school site which is expected to include a mix of recreational and single-family residential uses.