Public meeting to discuss Crofton skate park spot

Monday, Nov. 30 is the date of the open house regarding the location of a new skate park in Crofton.

Monday, Nov. 30 is the date of the open house regarding the location of a new skate park in Crofton.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Crofton Community Centre.

North Cowichan council agreed in principal to siting the new facility at 1537 Chaplin St. but wanted to take the issue to the community for feedback before proceeding.

The skate park in Crofton is currently located behind the community centre in amongst other recreational opportunities like tennis courts and ball fields.

That was the preferred location but further investigation revealed that though it’s a good spot, the ground wasn’t very good.

“Unfortunately the soils in that entire area, as it turns out, are such that in order to properly construct that type of facility at that location that would have significant financial implication given the amount of work that would be required to prepare the site for a skate park,” development services director Scott Mack said.

In other words, parks and recreation manager Ernie Mansueti explained, the budget would be blown on what’s below the ground, not on the actual park itself.

The community centre leadership and the skate park group are in favour of the new proposed site but North Cowichan brass has learned from experience that community say is important.

“The first step that I’m asking for is we need to bring this to the public and have them give their feedback. The skate park people are going to be there but I’m hoping also the residents will be there too,” Mansueti said.