This city image shows the proposed placements for the new bike park (in blue) and skateboard park (in green).

Site plan devised for skateboard and bike facilities in Centennial Park

City staff have come up with a plan about where to locate the planned bike and skateboard parks in Centennial Park.

City staff have come up with a plan about where to locate the planned bike and skateboard parks in Centennial Park.

A site plan that would see a new skateboard park and bike park in Centennial Park, while preserving all of the park’s ball fields, is being presented to city council on Tuesday.

The plan is the result of meetings between the various interests in the park, including the city, proponents of the new facilities and representatives of the Glacier Challenge, adult and minor ball, youth soccer and track and field.

The proposal would see the pump bike track and dirt jumps be located in the triangular area between the Industrial field and track and in the hourglass-shaped area between the Doug May field and the track. Redevelopment of this area could begin immediately, says the staff report by Kerry Dawson, the director of parks, recreation and culture.

The skateboard park would be located at the dirt parking area near the Kokanee and Rotary ball fields, next to the Workers’ Memorial Arch.

The plan would see a loss of some parking spaces and would require moving the shot put circle to a new location.

The idea of placing the facilities in Centennial Park came about at a public meeting on July 5. Council, at its meeting on July 26, directed staff to come up with a suitable site plan that would satisfy all user groups.

The proposal will go in front of council on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Staff is recommending that either council approve the site plan now or that it wait until more technical details are worked out and an updated plan is presented at the end of September.

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