Construction teams have been busy in Ormstown over recent months. Along with the completion of the new library, the municipality has seen the start of several projects including a new urban rest area and a multi-sport playing surface behind the Recreation Centre that will be used as a skating rink in winter. In mid-September, work began on an ambitious new skatepark installation in Lindsay Cullen Park.
The skatepark has been in the works for years, with young people being involved from the very beginning. Municipal councillor Chantal Laroche explains that an advisory committee made up of several young fans of skateboarding and related activities was created to ensure the project met with their ideas. “It was a long process,” notes Laroche, who suggests the final project exceeds all expectations.
Work on the skatepark, which is located toward the back of the park next to the parking area for the Curling Club, has been advancing well. Laroche says the scale of the project should become more visible as construction progresses towards the end of October, provided there are no further supply issues, especially concerning the availability of concrete.
The perfect location
Several sites were initially considered and evaluated for the new skate park, including Mario Dumas Park behind the Recreation Centre where several sports activities already take place, as well as Lindsay Cullen Park, which is less well-used. The municipality chose the latter location because of its natural slope, which will allow for reduced installation costs as well as enabling the creation of a facility that has varying degrees of difficulty.
Lindsay Cullen Park is also in full view of passers-by on Church Street, encouraging increased visibility and promotion of park skateboarding, and keeping the emphasis on sport. Skateparks can also be used for activities with BMX bikes, scooters, wheelchairs, and inline skates.
The municipal council as a whole supported the investment into the project, which according to the 2021 budget is around $200,000. The park was included in the 2021 Triennial Capital Program and after a call for tenders, the contract to build the infrastructure was awarded to the firm Tessier Récréo-Parc of Nicolet, Quebec.
A number of private donors have also contributed to the project. Laroche, who almost single-handedly raised close to $65,000 in contributions from merchants and community members, says their investments will be acknowledged. “All donors will see their names included on an original sign, conceived and erected by several young people who have put a lot of effort into adopting a rather unique design, which will be prominently displayed near the play structure,” she says.
In speaking about the project, outgoing mayor Jacques Lapierre quips that while he may not make use of the new infrastructure himself, there is no denying the importance of young people and new families to Ormstown.