Skate board park going in at Fusion

By John Tapley, Ingersoll Times

(QMI Agency file photo)

(QMI Agency file photo)

Ingersoll's new skate park will be installed at Fusion this fall.

Council gave the green light to have the Canadian Ramp Company - the lone bidder on the $70,000 tender – proceed with the project.

The design fits a 65-foot by 40-foot area with features that have a polyester powder coated steel riding surface that has a 20-year warranty.

The town has put $50,000 toward the project and the Ontario Trillium Foundation has provided the additional $20,000.

The deadline for using the Trillium grant is March 31, 2018.

In a report to council town staff recommended that the area become a multi-use outdoor community space.

“The existing concrete pad has the capacity to accommodate an outdoor rink as well as the skate park,” wrote Andrea Brown, manager of Fusion. Managers in the parks and recreation department have determined that moving the outdoor rink (from VPCC) onto the concrete pad (at Fusion) permanently is a viable option and would be good community use of public space.”

She wrote that the rink would be mounted to the concrete and would serve as a hockey rink in the winter and a ball hockey rink in the summer.

“The group of volunteers that operate the outdoor rinks have stated that having the rinks at Fusion instead of VPCC is ideal as there are staff that can maintain the rinks, security cameras and appropriate lighting,” Brown wrote. “The community skating rink would be placed on the soccer field and removed after the winter.”

During discussion on the skate park at the October council meeting, Kyle Stefanovic, Ingersoll's director of parks and recreation, said expanding the skate park in the future is a possibility.

“For $70,000, you can't get a whole lot to cover that area,” he said. “I think that this is a good start and that's the key – that this can be added onto. This isn't the end product.”

Stefanovic was asked what community engagement has been conducted on the project and he said three meetings were held and only one of them was attended by members of the public, including seven youth and one adult.

“Some people feel like we're not investing enough money into it,” said Coun. Brian Petrie who agreed with Stefanovic's assessment that the current project is only a start. “$70,000 is a major investment.”

Petrie suggested that people passionate about the skate park could get involved in raising funds to expand it.