Glen Abbey Park approved as final home for skateboard park

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 – for immediate release

Glen Abbey Park approved as final home for skateboard park

Home sweet home! Last night, Council approved Glen Abbey Park as the permanent location of Oakville’s third outdoor skateboard park. The Glen Abbey Skateboard Park will replace the Westoak Trails Skateboard Park that was closed last July.

“Given the high concentration of youth in the area, Glen Abbey Park is a prime location and allows us to broaden the activities we provide to our residents,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Our town needs vibrant facilities like the Glen Abbey Skateboard Park and I’m pleased that we finally found it a home.”

When the town received budget approval for a skateboard park in 2008, staff developed a ‘pro-con’ analysis matrix to assist in choosing appropriate sites. This analysis looked at many site characteristics including access to washrooms and telephones; emergency access; access to first aid; access to public transit; opportunities for casual surveillance; and proximity to food/drink vendors. Both Westoak Trails Park and Glen Abbey Park were found to be suitable locations.

According to Chris Mark, director of Parks and Open Space for the Town of Oakville, recent feedback from Oakville residents was largely supportive of Glen Abbey Park as the permanent location for the skateboard facility. “We received lots of calls from parents to keep the skateboard park in Ward 4. Skateboard parks are hugely popular for residents of all-ages, not just teens.”

To address safety concerns, the town will install additional video surveillance to mitigate inappropriate after-hours youth activity. Halton Regional Police Services also support the new location. “The best way to keep the park safe at night is to place it in a good location where it can be easily monitored by staff, video surveillance and police,” added Mark.

Formerly located at Westoak Trails Park, issues of inappropriate after-hours youth activity at the skateboard park led to additional public consultation and subsequently, to the removal of the facility. In August 2010, staff found a temporary home for the skateboard park in the Glen Abbey Community Centre parking lot.

Slated to open at the end of June, the cost to install the permanent skateboard facility is estimated at $75,000. Permanent skateboard facilities can be found at Glenashton Park and Shell Park. During the summer months, Kinoak Arena converts its ice into a temporary indoor skateboard park. For more information visit the skateboard park page.

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For more information

Chris Mark
Director, Parks and Open Space
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3111
cmark@oakville.ca

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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