Oakville residents invited to voice their opinion on proposed Glen Abbey Skateboard Park

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 – for immediate release

Oakville residents invited to voice their opinion on proposed Glen Abbey Skateboard Park

The Town of Oakville is inviting residents to a drop-in open house at Glen Abbey Community Centre on January 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. to provide input into a proposed skateboard facility at Glen Abbey Park.

“Given the high concentration of youth in the area and with its proximity to the community centre, Glen Abbey Park is an ideal option for a permanent location,” said Chris Mark, director of Parks and Open Space. “Public input is important and we welcome resident and skateboard park users’ feedback at this open house.”

In August 2010, Council directed staff to move the equipment from Westoak Trails Skateboard Park to Palermo Park following public concerns of inappropriate youth activity. When Palermo Park was deemed unsuitable due to the lack of adequate pedestrian access along the north side of Dundas Street, town staff recommended the use of Glen Abbey Community Centre as a temporary home for the skateboard facility to serve youth in the area. The skateboard facility successfully operated in the parking lot at Glen Abbey Community Centre for approximately six weeks.

A similar skateboard facility installed at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre has had little to no inappropriate youth activity. Staff believes that the reasons could be because the facility is next to a busy community centre with a full-time staff presence within the facility, and in close range of video surveillance cameras.

If you are unable to attend the public meeting in person and wish to provide comments, please email floconte@oakville.ca or fax to 905-338-4188. For additional information, please call 905-845-6601, ext. 3158 or visit the skateboard park page.

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For more information

Frank Loconte
Landscape Architect
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3158
floconte@oakville.ca

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


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Oakville residents invited to voice their opinion on proposed Glen Abbey Skateboard Park