A Prince Albert skater catches some air at the city's skateboard and BMX park. Herald file photo.
The Prince Albert Skateboard and BMX association are beginning preparations to open the city’s skateboarding park, starting with their annual general meeting on March 31 at the Margo Fournier Centre.
In 2006, Prince Albert opened up its first permanent concrete skateboarding park, located just south of the Art Hauser Centre.
With a price tag of $600,000, the 20,000-square-foot park features a full-sized bowl, ramps, steps, rails and quarter-pipes for local skateboarders and BMXers to hone their skills.
As the relatively young park continues to improve, City of Prince Albert recreation co-ordinator Curtis Olsen encourages anyone interested in contributing to the park’s evolution to come out to the meeting.
“We have a smaller group who get together and talk about different improvements we are looking to make,” Olsen said of the meeting. “I hope to get some new members who can bring in some new ideas and help out.”
On the docket for the meeting is discussion of the 2014 skateboarding and BMX season including park improvements, maintenance and planning of the park’s annual Day in the Park event.
“It’s just a kick off for the skateboard park,” Olsen said of the Day in the Park event, held annually in May. “We try and use it as a fundraiser for some of the smaller items. It’s just a fun day to get the park going and get kids back out.”
Also to be discussed at the meeting, is the park’s annual series of skateboard and BMX lessons, offered by the city free-of-charge.
Facilitated by Adam Balon, owner of the Propaganda skate and snowboard shop, the lessons will run in back-to-back days in July and August, teaching young boarders and BMXers the basics, with an emphasis on park safety.
The March 31 meeting will also serve to elect the 2014 board of directors.
“We are always looking for people to come out,” Olsen said. “The big thing is just promoting the skateboard park as a good place. We feel that it is a very safe place and we want people to use it, we feel very lucky to have it.”
The meeting is open to anyone wishing to contribute to the city’s skateboard park. For more information on the Prince Albert Skateboard and BMX Association, contact Olsen at 306-953-481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.