After countless hours of fundraising for a new skate park, Fort Saskatchewan will see shovels in the dirt soon.
The new 9000 square foot park comes with a price tag of $570,000, but with some support from council, enough funding was secured to start this spring.
"They're looking to start construction at the end of September," said Joey Farebrother, engineering coordinator with the City of Fort Saskatchewan. "This year they're just looking to get drainage tied into the city storm system and then some rough grading. They'll come back and it'll be completed with concrete work next spring."
Construction was originally expected to begin in the spring of 2018, but the money shortage pushed the date back.
The Fort Saskatchewan Skateboarding Society has raised just over $493,000 so far (around $77,000 short of the society's goal). In a Facebook post on Sunday (Sept.2), the society confirmed they’d be undergoing construction within the next 45 days.
The final concept of the park was released to the public in June of 2017. The park will include a six-foot deep bowl, nine-foot deep bowl and additional plaza street skating objects such as rails and ramps.
A main focus for the new park will be to make it more "kid friendly."
The final concept of Fort Saskatchewan's future skate park.