Trail SkatePark -History
As early as 2007, the City of Trail gave serious consideration to a skate park in Trail. All major cities, and many smaller ones now have skate parks for youth. Skate parks bring the benefit of sporting opportunities for youth who are more interested in individual sporting activities than what is often more costly organized team sports like hockey, skiing, baseball and soccer.
In 2009, Ashley Escott started a petition to convince the City of Trail that the time had come for a skate park in Trail. Ashley collected over 2,100 signatures in support ofsuch a park. When Ashley brought his petition to Council in October of 2009, Council chambers were full. Some attendees had to stand behind the Councillors. It was during this meeting that the Councillors agreed that the City would help with the project.
In the fall of 2011, Trail Council hired Newline Skateparks to run two public workshops. One workshop introduced the concept of a skate park in Trail; it solicited ideas from attendees that would be included in the skate park design. A second workshop was held to review the skate park layout. Each of these workshops attracted about 30 youth and 10 adults. Ashley's unwavering commitment to this project has been critical to the project's ongoing successes.
When asked why this project is important, Ashley answered, "There are many reasons. Skateboarding is one of the fastest growing sports around the world. It's a very good way to keep people active and out doors. It's a sport that anyone can afford and it's a great way to get out and meet new people who might also be using the facilities or just watching."
With grant-application work work by City of Trail staff in the spring of 2012, this project now has a budget and is shovel-ready! The Trail Skate Park committee has a fundraising sub-committee, a website and enthusiasm to drive this project to completion. Continued grant application work and fundraising activities will hopefully see this project turn sod in late 2012 or early 2013.