Community shares ideas at new Skatepark meeting

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Monday’s skatepark development meeting began with Morgan explaining that his company’s intention is to not only create a state-of-the-art skatepark, but also have the interactive, creative process provide "an opportunity that is signature to not only B.C., but to the rest of the world as well."

After the meeting, he said he was quite impressed with the large demographic of individuals who attended the meeting, something that will provide great help for creating a unique park.

"There was a fantastic turnout, not only from the skateboarding and BMX community, but also city staff. Police showed up and some interested parents and other community members, so great turnout and really diverse, interesting feedback that will definitely result in a great park."

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Fort St. John’s newest athletic project has some funds to work with, as the project’s budget currently sits between $550,000 to $600,000.

Morgan outlined that Monday’s meeting was Phase 1 of a four phase process necessary for the development of a skatepark unique to its location. The first phase was referred to as a concept design, which will be followed with detailed design, construction and finally, riding the park.

The meeting then shifted to a presentation showing various parks created by Newline, a portion which excited the crowd in attendance, who were shown various features that could potentially be constructed at the Fort St. John park.

Pens were wildly scribbling as this portion progressed, with residents drawing up blueprints for various features that they would like to see at their park.

Those ideas were presented back to Morgan following his presentation, as part of the interactive design process Newline Skateparks prides themselves on when constructing parks unique to their locations.

He says lots of ideas were provided revolving around Fort St. John’s northern location, as well other aspects of industry the area is known for.

"We were talking about some themes that we may want to reflect in the architecture that sort of tell the story of what makes the city of Fort St. John special and unique, and some great ideas came up. Some for the northern lights, maybe doing a reference to that through the art installations or the architecture and some of the energy, whether that be oil or some of the more progressive energy associated with the city. So, some great ideas."

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Along with the interactive meeting, Newline Skateparks has set up an online forum for anyone interested in contributing more ideas. Visit the company’s official website, register, then log into the Fort St. John forum, with the password: fsjsk8.

Newline Skatepark will return in approximately 8 weeks to show some of their sketches and design ideas.

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