Strathcona County has opened its second skatepark.
 
The park is in Ardrossan and opened to the public in mid-June. It is a part of the Ardrossan Community Recreation Master Plan, approved by council back in 2009.
 
After identifying the need for additional space for youth in the community, construction began on the new skatepark in 2019, though it was slowed because of COVID-19.
 
“As part of COVID-19 community recovery, this new rural skatepark will help our youth reconnect and build stronger connections through recreation. This partnership enables us to provide additional free programming to youth enjoying the skate park, and we are grateful for Trans Mountain’s support for this important community project,” said mayor Rod Frank.
 
Trans Mountain invested about $225,000 into the park. The total cost was estimated at around $700,000.
 
The skatepark is geared towards easy and moderate levels of difficulty to be more accessible.
 
"We've gotten amazing feedback from parents that have been visiting the site regularly over the last month," said Leslie Lang, open space strategic planner for the county. "We have adults that have come from other communities to test out the park."
 
To better engage the community, over 20 youth from Strathcona County worked with local lead artists Shelby Willis and Peter Gegolick on the art for the skatepark. The theme of the artwork for the park is nature and wildlife.
 
Painting isn't fully finished yet and will continue to be worked on during the summer.
 
The skate park is located at 45 Queen Street.