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All-wheels skatepark to be designed with a community focus

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ANTIGONISH – After a competitive procurement process, New Line Skateparks has been awarded the contract to design Antigonish’s All Wheel Skatepark.

All partners including the Town, County, StFX, Antigonish Skatepark Association, and New Line Skateparks are launching the design process by engaging the community in two public consultation sessions, the first of which is scheduled for Feb. 6 at 6 p.m.  at St. Andrew’s Junior School.

New Line Skateparks’ collaborative design approach is inclusive and will enhance the 13,753 square foot site on West Street to serve as a celebrated destination for Antigonish youth and their families. The community consultation sessions are opportunities for youth and other members of the community to inspire a design that reflects the spirit of Antigonish and gives users of the Skatepark a sense of ownership. The date and time for the second community consultation session will be announced later this month.

For nearly 30 years residents of Antigonish have been talking about the potential of a skatepark and the impact it would have on the youth living in Antigonish.  The investment from all partners supports the collective effort to inspire youth and give those living in Antigonish a fun, free and accessible space to play, develop, and explore their own talents.

“I have skated a lot of New Line’s parks over the years and they are always world class. I was really happy that New Line submitted the best bid and I think everyone should know that New Line has been working with Antigonish and support our efforts for more than 20 years in the form of Jim Barnum. I think winning the bid and building our park means just as much to them as it does for us,” said Jason Mason of the Antigonish Skatepark Association.