Airdrie skateboarders might have a Grade 7 trainee to thank for bringing the requirement for a 2nd regional skate park to City council’s attention.
Airdrie skateboarders have a Grade 7 trainee to thank for bringing the requirement for a 2nd regional skate park to City council’s attention.
Since September 2020, the City of Airdrie has actually been preparing strategies to establish a 2nd skate park in the neighborhood. At the Sept. 21, 2020 council conference, Mayor Peter Brown advanced a notification of movement for City personnel to examine the expediency of building a 2nd skatepark in Airdrie, with a concentrate on the east side of the city.
However, according to Brown, it was a regional intermediate school trainee in 2015 who initially brought the problem to his attention.
“He did a lot of work – he got a lot of his friends and other skateboarders in the community to rally behind him,” Brown stated. “He worked hard to get a petition going and really pushed us.”
The trainee in concern is 12-year-old Diwan Deo, a Grade 7 trainee at Meadowbrook Middle School. Last year, when learning more about city government in social research studies, he stated he had a project that entrusted him with creating a method to enhance his city.
As a devoted skateboarder, Deo stated his concept for the task was for another skate park in Airdrie. Currently, the city’s only skate park remains in Chinook Winds Regional Park.
“I really like going to the skate park, but I live on the east side of Airdrie,” he stated. “The skate park at Chinook Winds is seven kilometres away [from my house]. You always have to organize a ride to get there, and if you try to go there, it’s 14 kilometres, round trip.”
Considering the appeal of Airdrie’s existing skate park, Deo stated he believed having a skate area in the southeast quadrant would be helpful to assist keep crowds down.
“Kings Heights and Meadowbrook are really large communities with lots of kids living in them, including a bunch of my friends who scooter, skateboard, BMX or rollerblade,” he stated. “In the skate park, there can be up to 100 people at once there in the summertime, so I thought it would be a really good idea.”
With the support of his instructor, Deo stated he and a few of his buddies prepared an electronic petition in 2015 for the City to think about a 2nd skate park in Airdrie. He stated the petition eventually gathered more than 540 signatures.
Since then, Deo has actually talked to City councillors, the mayor and Director of Community Infrastructure Lorne Stevens, concerning possible areas for a 2nd skate park in Airdrie.
“It’s awesome,” stated Brown, of communicating with regional youth. “They’re the future of this community and I always preach to all of them when I have the opportunity to talk to kids – the first thing you want to do is be involved and be a difference maker, and Diwan is a difference maker.”
Deo’s lobbying to City authorities settled in March, when Archie Lang, the supervisor of the parks and public works department, pertained to council with 2 possible alternatives for a skate park on the east side of the city – a 1.6-acre plot of land in East Lake Regional Park nearby to Genesis Place Recreation Centre, and a 0.8-acre plot of land in Highlands Industrial Park, north of Veterans Boulevard.
According to Lang’s report, the job is still in the extremely early phases, as a brand-new skate park would need an expediency research study, requires evaluation and public engagement procedure. He stated it would likely cost about $2 million and take a minimum of 3 years to come to fulfillment.
Deo stated he was thrilled when he discovered his concept had actually made it to the City council level, and included he believes the website by Genesis Place would be the very best choice.
“Genesis seems like the most popular one because it has all the amenities and things you need for a skate park,” he stated. “It has washrooms and would bring in more money for Genesis Place.”
Having seen first-hand what can be achieved with some devoted lobbying efforts, Deo stated he motivates other Airdrie youth to connect to the town with any concepts they might need to enhance the neighborhood.
“There are a lot of people who enjoy different things in Airdrie,” he stated.
“If you want something, all it takes is initiative and hard work and you can get what you want.”