LETHBRIDGE: Once the gears are greased the machinery can roll quickly and there is a lot
of earth moving going on for the new SLP Skate Park and Henderson Lake.
The skate park will be going in on the green strip right next to the
Henderson Ice Arena on Mayor Magrath Drive. It's a co-operative
production between the city, province and community with the three putting over
$700,000 into the project. The funding includes an anonymous donation, as well
as $25,000 from the Urban Spirits Rotary Club (see photo below).
On July 24th, after almost three years of preparation and fundraising, a
groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site. The park was designed with the
help of the Lethbridge Skateboard Association, with a a wide variety of features
that will accommodate everyone from beginner skaters all the way to the more
advanced and all age groups.
At a meeting on September 3rd, City Council awarded a construction contract
to BC based New Line Skate Parks, at a cost of $597,000. At the time, Director
of Community Services Barry Beck, indicated construction would begin in
September with work to be completed in 12 to 16 weeks. Depending on weather, the
grand opening should happen next spring or summer.
Top photo: Skate park construction underway.
Middle photo: View of site by Henderson arena before construction.
Bottom photo: Carol Thibert (left) - City of Lethbridge Recreation and Culture department,
accepts a cheque for $25,000 for the SLP Skate Park from the Urban Spirits
Rotary Club president, Tanya Gill.