Summerland skatepark to get rolling

The park’s future home will be on the northeast corner of the Summerland Secondary School field.

School trustees voted earlier this month to strike a deal with the District of Summerland to build a new skateboard park in the community.

Provided an agreement can be reached on the finer details, the Okanagan Skaha School District will sign a $1-a-year lease deal with the local government for the park’s future home on the northeast corner of the Summerland Secondary School field, said board chairman Bruce Johnson.

“We certainly voted unanimously to go ahead with it, we just want to make sure all the paperwork’s done properly,” he said while reporting the in camera decision during the public portion of the board’s regular meeting.

Johnson noted the school board just needs further clarification around liability insurance, plus an overarching joint-use agreement with the District of Summerland for the skateboard park and other facilities, like the Centre Stage Theatre.

He believes, however, that details can be ironed out in time to have the park open by next summer, as Mayor Janice Perrino said previously is the desired timeline.

The District of Summerland has committed to look after the ongoing operating costs of the park, while the Summerland Charity Shop Society has pledged up to $280,000 for construction costs.