You can add a skateboard park to the list of recreation facilities in Elmira if a group of young residents get their wish. Led by Kyle Wilton, the youths made a pitch to Woolwich council Tuesday night, receiving a warm reception.
“We think it would be a great idea because there are lots of kids who like to skate and to do BMX,” he said. “It’s a great place to get them off the streets, and keep them safe from traffic.”
In a presentation that included examples from other communities with such parks already in place, Wilton noted the expense can be offset by skateboard industry sponsors, business support and donations from residents, as other municipalities have done.
By building a skate park, the township would keep kids safe, and could have control over the hours of operation, with staff on hand to enforce the rules. As a further moneymaking option, there could be a concession stand, perhaps with equipment rentals, he added.
Noting that a skate park was one of her campaign ideas, Ward 1 Coun. Julie-Anne Herteis endorsed the idea, asking if Wilton and some of his friends would take part in a committee to investigate the options for Woolwich.
Also supportive, Coun. Mark Bauman commended the group on the detailed information they’d compiled before coming to council with their request.
“Obviously, you’ve done your homework. You realize that things like this cost a lot of money.”
Councillors asked director of recreation and facilities Larry Devitt to look into the possibilities, coming back with a report at a later date.