Amherstburg kids took a trip to Windsor to test out a skate park and pump track as the Town engages youth in the design and construction of a new action sports complex at the Libro Centre.

I was happy to join the kids and their parents on this excursion and am very supportive of providing amenities like this for Amherstburg youth!

A kid with sunglasses on a scooter on a pump track!

The contoured pump track in east Windsor, in particular, proved to be extremely popular with the kids. At any given time, cyclists, skateboarders, scooter riders and youth on roller blades can make use of the track, which caters to participants of varying ages and skill levels. The only reason the kids stopped doing laps of the pump track was because they had to board the bus to check out the concrete skate park at Forest Glade Park!

Friday’s tour engaged skate park users and their parents in what is called a “design charrette” for the new skate park at the Libro Centre, which will replace the one displaced by the sale of the southern portion of Centennial Park to make way for the new High School. They skated and scootered on the track and ramps with Olympian skateboarder Julia Brueckler and then discussed different design options with a representative from the Canadian Ramp Company.

A photographer takes a picture of an Olympian skateboarder!

Public input is still being sought. Youth and their parents are encouraged to visit the project website and provide their feedback on the various options and designs for a skate park. The site showcases different parks built in other communities and asks respondents to pick their preferred options. It also asks a series of other questions so that skate park users can choose the features that suit them best.

Council awarded a $240,000 contract in July to the Canadian Ramp Company for Phase One of this exciting project, which includes the design and construction of a new skate park in 2022 and the design of a pump track and concrete skate park/bowl that could be built out in future phases should funding sources be identified.

A mom and her son cross paths at a skate park!

A representative from Amherstburg Rotary joined the kids on the field trip and was excited by the potential and possibilities. There are definitely opportunities to pursue civic and corporate funding and sponsorships for future phases of this project once the public engagement process concludes and a design is completed.

I was excited to see Amherstburg kids having so much fun at the pump track and skate park in Windsor and I’m very supportive of building out similar amenities for our kids at the Libro Centre!

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Kids on scooters on the pump track!

A crew of kids and parents on the pump track!

The sign at the BMX pump track in Windsor!

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