New skate park salutes Pitt Meadows landscape

The $600

The $600

Pitt Meadows new skate and BMX park will mimic the city’s natural surrounding.

The $600,000 project will include features that resemble ditches, drainage channels and a meadow-like landscape.

Designed by Van der Zalm and Associates with input from people who will use it, the park also salutes the city’s farming history and will be hemmed in by a retaining rock wall to represent the mountains that mark the horizon.

Kelly Swift, general manager for Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services, said youth in the community expressed how much they value the city’s agricultural roots.

“That is really being reflected in the skate park and that will make it unique,” she added. “The elements within that park will be very identifiable when people see it in magazines and videos.”

The Youth Action Park will occupy around 14,500 square feet of space in a revamped Harris Road Park, east of the parking lot and east of Heritage Hall.

“Staff did a great job involving youth and the community in the design,” said Coun. Deb Walters.

“It’s going to enhance the park tremendously.”

It will be constructed with two-tone concrete to deter graffiti. Its entrance will feature a trellis which will cast a shadow of a soccer ball on the cement.

The park will also include a stage area for festivals and performances.

The parks and recreation department is proposing the city consider extending hours for the park in winter past dusk to 10 p.m., once lighting is installed.

Construction is to start June 6, with completion slated for fall.