Plenty of interest at proposed All-Wheel Park slated for Rosemont
If people lining up 10 minutes before the doors were scheduled to open at Thursday’s public meeting is any indication of the interest then the proposed All-Wheel park for Art Gibbons Park (a.k.a. Rosemont Park) is sure to be a hit when the project is completed.
“A skate park is a skate park no matter where it is,” said 16-year-old Josh, who professes to be a skateboard purist.
“I don’t agree with the design in many ways but I’m happy with the fact that we’re getting a skate park and I’ll be up there quite often.”
Approximately 75 to 100 people showed up for Thursday’s open house at the Rosemont Elementary School gymnasium.
The event was designed to give residents an opportunity to learn about the plan and pass along comments to City of Nelson staff and to the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skate park Society (KLOSPS) regarding the proposed All-Wheel Park for Rosemont’sArt Gibbons Park.
“The feedback I’ve received has been more positive than negative,” said Christine Schmidt, manager of Nelson Youth Centre.
“There have been a few concerns,” adds Schmidt, who also sits on the KLOSPS committee.
“But being able to share with the public what are strategies learned from some of the other sites we’ve been at we’ve been able to appease most people on how we’re going to manage some of those concerns, like noise.”
Of course some of the concerns address during the public forum are the location of the skate park, noise, limited parking, vehicle access and the ability for the police to monitor after hours.
Danin, at 16-year-old boarder from Nelson, remains mixed over the site location.
“It’s a real good thing but I think it would be preferable to have (skate park) downtown rather than up in Rosemont,” he said. “It’s a harder to access but it’s what we’re going to get and definitely better than no skate park at all.”
A resident of Rosemont who did now want to be identified also wasn’t keen on the location and who was going to deal with any late night shenanigans.
Organizers hope the ambassador program, in which designated older skaters would act as hosts of the park, facilitating communication with the neighbourhood, the police, and parents.
Despite the concerns, the general consensus is the Rosemont All-Wheel Park is moving closer to a reality.
“What we’re going to do after this open house is collate all that information into a report to be sent to Nelson City Council for review on February 4,” Schmidt said, adding the committee has also had meetings with Jubilee Manor, Nelson Cares, different neighbours Rosemont Elementary School.
“From there we’ll see where council takes it.”