Sidney’s new skate park to cost $700,000

Town will use reserve funds, gas tax reserve to pay for the new recreation facility.

Can you dig it? The excavation of the site of Sidney’s new skateboard park began recently. A portion of Tulista Park has been set aside for the facility that will replace the town’s existing skate park south of the Mary Winspear Centre.

SIDNEY — A new skateboard park will cost the Town of Sidney $700,000 — more than double original estimates made back in April and May.

On June 27, council voted to increase their contributions to the project, finding the money in their parks reserve ($60,000), surplus ($50,000) and Gas Tax reserve ($590,000).

The skate park itself will cost $400,000 of that overall amount. The added costs come in site preparation ($191,000), a legacy feature ($20,000 for something to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 ), staff work ($25,000) and a contingency fund of $63,000.

The vote to increase the budget was unanimous. Work started this week. It’s anticipated the new facility will be complete next summer.