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Waterfront Skate Plaza Ready for Activity!


November 1, 2008 – City of Thunder Bay officials and members of the Waterfront Development Committee proudly opened the gates on the newly constructed Skateboard/BMX Plaza at Prince Arthur's Landing today. Local skateboarders and BMX riders were on site to make the inaugural test runs.

Additional Plaza elements including public art, donor walls and landscaping will be completed in the spring. An official Grand Opening, featuring special events, will be held at that time.

"The energy building up to the fences coming down has been incredible," said Mayor Lynn Peterson. "Although the official Grand Opening will take place in the spring, we know how excited the local skateboard and BMX community is about this and knew that as soon as it was skateable, they'd want to get out there. It is a beautiful plaza for all to enjoy."

"The skateboarding community has been anxiously awaiting the opening of the skate plaza, so it's gratifying to see this project near completion," said Myles Cizmar, Supervisor – Recreation & Culture. "It's important to recognize the efforts of community youth working in partnership with other stakeholders to make this park a reality."

Construction on the 2,000 square metre Skateboard/ BMX plaza began in June and is one of the first major construction projects of the Master Plan for Prince Arthur's Landing at Marina Park to be complete.

"This is an important milestone as we move forward with the implementation of the Master Plan for Prince Arthur's Landing," said Councillor Mark Bentz, Chair – Waterfront Development Committee. "The plaza is one of many recreational amenities that are planned for the park that will attract and entertain people of all ages. The completion of this plaza represents the first step in transforming our waterfront into a year round gathering place for all to enjoy."

John Kelly, president of the Thunder Bay Skateboarding Coalition commented on the distinctive features of the plaza. "It's modern skateboarding terrain that combines all kinds of exciting elements. The California style bowl will be an asset for attracting pro level competitions."

The Plaza was built by general contractor Natural Stone and Tile of Thunder Bay, with some specialty concrete work completed by New Line Skate Parks. Construction administration for the project was managed by the local office of KGS Group with technical assistance by the plaza's designers at van der Zalm + associates inc. in Surrey, BC.

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Contact: Myles Cizmar, Supervisor – Recreation & Culture, 625-2441 or mcizmar@thunderbay.ca