Skating towards a close-knit future with the community
The two skate parks in Caledonia and Dunnville are the result of three years of work by Haldimand County and the community groups. The skate parks engage kids at a grassroots level, helping raise money and find grants to fund their development.
Once funding was secured, the County looked for a design consultant who understood the special considerations that come with parks in a northern climate. That’s where the Stantec team came in. With dozens of similar skate park projects under our belt, our team jumped right in, engaging the communities of both towns right from the start to develop parks that met their vision—from safety and visibility to durability and challenging terrain.
“The great thing about skate parks is that they draw in the age range of kids that is often difficult to entertain and keep outdoors,” says Kanten Russell. “Thanks to the kids’ input, each of these parks has unique features, so local riders can enjoy different experiences at each one.”
The community was psyched about the openings, and the County capitalized on that, bringing in two professional riders sponsored by Sk8Mafia Skateboards to do some demonstrations and sign autographs at the openings. Kanten Russell joined pros Jimmy Cao and Jamie Palmore to show off the parks’ features and how the long road of this grassroots effort paid off.
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