New Haliburton skate park off to flying start
|By Felix Wong - Staff Writer | June 28, 2018
BMX bikers, skateboarders, politicians, friends and family were all in attendance at the grand opening of the new and improved Haliburton Junction Skate Park June 22.
The launch, which coincided with International “Go Skateboarding Day,” opened with a speech from Dysart et al Mayor Murray Fearrey, who briefly discussed the history of the skate park and thanked the committee that helped develop it.
According to Dysart recreation coordinator Andrea Mueller, the idea for the new skate park started with a simple conversation in 2015, although the committee didn’t form until October of that year. The committee originally planned to raise $75,000, a number that doubled to $150,000 before finally settling at $210,000.
“The other [skate park] would have cost $30,000 just to expand it in the ground – so you wouldn’t have seen any of that above ground; it would have just been to stabilize the ground,” said Mueller.
“We wouldn’t have been able to grow it as much as we would have liked to and so we thought of having a different location where we could have a bigger park.”
She added that the chosen location, adjacent to the A.J. LaRue Arena, is approximately three or four times the size of the other park. Nick Pamplin has been skateboarding for six months and likes this new park much better then the old one: “It’s a lot less crowded and there’s a lot more room for everyone. There’s a lot more variety to do what I want as opposed to just having a few ramps … it’s a lot more fun and much smoother.”
After cutting the ceremonial ribbon, Fearrey posed for a photo opportunity with everyone in attendance. Skaters performed tricks on the ramps while friends and family enjoyed non-alcoholic drinks and were entertained by a live performance from Haliburton rock band Wescali.
FELIX WONG is a reporter for The Highlander.