Fort Saskatchewan council guaranteed $90,000 needed by the Skateboard Society, so construction can start on a new skate park.
 
Skateboard Society president Joseph Weipert gave a presentation at Tuesday's (Feb.27) meeting. 
 
"The current skate park is smaller, there's a lot of steep and aggressive transitions, it's a skate park kind of for the fearless and advanced rider," said Weipert. "This (a new park) will help give kids, teens and adults an opportunity to go have fun and not be too nervous about what's going to happen when you’re using the park."
 
Councillor Brian Kelly put the motion forward to support the skateboard society with up to $90,000.
 
Mayor Gale Katchur expressed her support for the project saying it will be nice to get this project in the ground.
 
The motion passed with a 6-1 vote, with councillor Ed Sperling against.
 
"I'm super relieved," Weipert reacted. "We've still got work to do but it definitely gives us a strong foot moving forward to be able to seek for those donations in kind and to give people hard dates on when we're going to start so they can provide accommodations, construction material, equipment or even manpower for the project."
 
This is just so the project can move forward, the Society will still need to raise the $90,000 through donations and gifts in kind.
 
“I'm really confident we’ll be able to fundraise the rest of this without too much of an issue," added Weipert.
 
To date they have raised roughly $470,000, with $240,000 of that from the city.
 
The new 9000 square foot skate park was designed by New Line. Weipert hopes to break ground this fall. Construction will take roughly 90-180 days.
 
The society had approached the previous council last summer for funding, but was denied.

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