Westoak Trails Skateboard Park relocated to temporary location at Glen Abbey Community Centre

Thursday, August 05, 2010 – for immediate release

Westoak Trails Skateboard Park relocated to temporary location at Glen Abbey Community Centre

Following Council direction to postpone the relocation of the Westoak Trails Skateboard Park to Palermo Park, staff have found a temporary home for the skateboard park at the Glen Abbey Community Centre.

In July, Council agreed that safety concerns and lack of adequate pedestrian access along the north side of Dundas Street were reasons to investigate interim locations. Given the high concentration of youth in the area and with skateboarding facilities and programs being one of the most frequently requested services, the Glen Abbey Community Centre’s proximity to the Westoak Trails Skateboard makes it an ideal temporary solution.

“The skateboard park is being relocated to the Glen Abbey Community Centre parking lot this week to ensure we maintain the existing level of services for youth in the area,” explained Chris Mark, director of Parks and Open Space for the Town of Oakville.

The Westoak Trails Skateboard Park was installed in late July 2009 and although widely used during the day without incident, issues with inappropriate youth activity during evening and night time periods were becoming more frequent. Increased signage and security did not reduce the illegal after-hours park use. At a public meeting held in April 2010, the town heard from nearby residents who voiced their preference to have the facility removed.

The temporary skateboard park at the Glen Abbey Community Centre is expected to be open by August 9, 2010 and is scheduled to be removed on September 10, 2010 to allow for necessary parking requirements as fall programming and activities increase at the centre.

“Upon removal of the skateboard facility from Glen Abbey Community Centre, we’ll be once again asking residents for their input into determining a permanent location for the skateboard park. Further public consultation will be scheduled for later this year,” added Mark. 

For more information visit the skateboard parks web page.

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For more information contact:

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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Westoak Trails Skateboard Park relocated to temporary location at Glen Abbey Community Centre