Petition against Vanderhoof skateboard park proposed site

A petition was submitted to the District of Vanderhoof on Apr. 6 against the proposed skateboard park site.

Skateboard park designers proposed a moonscape-shaped organic flow design.

Skateboard park designers proposed a moonscape-shaped organic flow design.

A petition signed by 35 residents in homes and organizations around Ferland Park was submitted to the District of Vanderhoof on Apr. 6 against the proposed skateboard park.

“We, the undersigned, residents of Vanderhoof who surround Ferland Park object to the plans to build a skateboard park in or around Ferland Park,” the petition states. “We are not against a Skateboard Park we just feel that there are areas in Vanderhoof that are better suited.

“Ferland is a wonderful park the way it is. We love the music in the park, farmers market and all the young children playing in the spray park.

“We ask that the Vanderhoof Village Council 1) reject this proposed plan, and 2) fully consult with local residents surrounding Ferland Park on any future proposals.”

Noise, safety, and age-appropriate sensitivity were some of the concerns expressed by residents through social media regarding the proposed skateboard park.

The current preferred site for the project is the playground area in Ferland Park’s southeast corner, said Councillor Steve Little, who co-chairs the District of Vanderhoof’s skateboard park committee with Councillor Ken Young.

Last October, the District of Vanderhoof hosted consultation meetings between contracted designers and Vanderhoof’s skateboarders, as well as locating three potential sites for the skateboard park: empty lots behind the District of Vanderhoof office, grass area by Nechako Valley Secondary’s tennis courts, or a location in Ferland Park.

Little explains that the location is chosen for four reasons: it’s the only District-owned property, there are existing contours and slopes for a free-flow park design, some nearby residents available for help in the event of injuries, and conveniently close to the future recreation centre.

If the location is selected, the existing playground equipment — due for renewal — would be moved to a new location in the park, Little added.

The preferred site has no official approval from the district council so far, and further questions about the project would be answered in a community meeting on April 19, Little said.

Taking place at 6:30 p.m. at the Nechako Seniors Friendship Centre on Victoria Street, the community meeting will also include an open forum on the July 1 cardboard ban from Vanderhoof’s transfer station, as well as updates on the Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre and the Integris Recreation Centre.


Just Posted

Grads at Riverside Park in Vanderhoof, B.C. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Vanderhoof celebrates 2021 graduates

NVSS grads got together at Riverside Park on Friday, June 11 in… Continue reading

Singing and drumming was heard in downtown Vanderhoof on Monday, June 14. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Photos: Honour Walk held in Vanderhoof

An honour walk was held Monday June 14 in Vanderhoof, remembering the… Continue reading

Emergency crews responded to the scene of a suspicious fire at the southeast corner of the OK Café in Vanderhoof Friday, June 11. The historic building is 101-years-old. (BC RCMP photo)
OK Café in Vanderhoof alright after suspicious fire

Damage kept to a minimum by firefighters

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
VIDEO: Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens as Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents the province’s latest budget, April 20, 2021. The budget projects $19 billion in deficits over three years. (Hansard TV)
B.C. government budget balloons, beyond COVID-19 response

Provincial payroll up 104,000 positions, $10 billion since 2017

Ocean debris is shown on Long Beach in Tofino, B.C. on April, 18, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Shoreline cleanup finds COVID-related trash increased during height of the pandemic

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup reports litter from single-use food packaging nearly doubled

Doctor David Vallejo and his fiancee Doctor Mavelin Bonilla hold photos of themselves working, as they kiss at their home in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Doctor Vallejo and Doctor Bonilla suspended their wedding in order to tend to COVID-19 patients and in the process Vallejo got sick himself with the disease, ending up in an ICU for several days. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Love, sacrifice and surviving COVID-19: one couple’s story

COVID hits Ecuadorian doctors who delayed wedding to treat sick

St. Joseph's Mission site is located about six kilometres from Williams Lake First Nation. (Photo submitted)
Williams Lake First Nation to search residential school site for unmarked graves

St. Joseph’s Mission Indian Residential School operated from 1886 to 1981

Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lotto Max jackpot goes unclaimed again

42 of the 64 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million were won, the majority were sold in Ontario

FILE - This July 6, 2017 file photo shows prescription drugs in a glass flask at the state crime lab in Taylorsville, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Contaminants in generic drugs may cause long-term harm to DNA: B.C. researcher

Scientist says findings suggest high volume overseas facilities require strict regulation

Restaurant patrons enjoy the weather on a patio in Vancouver, B.C., on April 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Labour shortages, closed borders major obstacles to B.C. restaurant, tourism restarts

Industry expert says it won’t start to recover until international travellers can visit

Most Read