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Duncan and North Cowichan Celebrate X-Treme Skate Park Expansion
(North Cowichan) Today marks the Official Opening of the newly expanded and improved X-Treme Skate Park, located on James Street, adjacent to the Cowichan Aquatic Centre and Island Savings Centre.
The original X-Treme Skate Park was built in 1997 and has been a central recreation spot for youth for over 20 years. The expansion was designed with users in mind, inviting the community to the table on numerous occasions to gather feedback from those that use the park the most, including Cowichan Secondary students. The result is a modern expansion that accommodates different skill levels for boarders, bikes, and scooters.
“We saw skaters and boarders on the new portion of the skate park as soon as the concrete was dry,” says Al Siebring, Mayor of North Cowichan. “Their eagerness to test out the skate park’s new features is a great sign that everyone involved has designed something that will be very well-used and well-liked”.
“Let the shredding begin! The skaters are already grinding, and jumping the new additions, and it is a great enhancement to the original park,” said Mayor Michelle Staples. “The park is definitely for new and old skaters, maybe not as old as me,” she joked, “but it does offer a large footprint to fulfill the needs of all ages and abilities.”
New Line Skate Parks designed the expansion, which has added approximately 6,000 square feet to the park, while Vancouver Island’s Radius Construction built the skate park.
Thanks to Area 51 Skateshop, which handed out a ton of rad prizes to kids and youth at the opening event today!