Ardrossan is one step closer to having a new skatepark.
 
Trans Mountain and Strathcona County have signed a Community Benefits Agreement that will see a $225,000 investment towards Ardrossan's new skatepark. The money will be used to support construction, future programs and activities in the park.
 
"It's a huge boost for the project. We're obviously very thankful to Trans Mountain for their support with that. We look forward to what it's going to do to help provide that extra gathering space for youth in the community," said Dennis Franklin, partnership business development advisor for Strathcona County.
 
The first of its kind in Ardrossan, residents were able to give feedback on the design of the skatepark earlier this year. Using the input, a final concept design was completed.
 
Construction should begin in August and the park will cost around $700,000.
 
"We're just really excited to have that become an amenity within our community of Ardrossan," added Franklin.
 
A first draft of the mural design for the park has also been finished, based off ideas youth submitted in the community. Students from Grade 7-12 are able to comment on the draft and can help paint the art when construction is done.
 
The skateboard park is expected to be open to the public in the fall.