Skatepark Redevelopment

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Project Background

The City was successful in securing $1.28m in Federal and Provincial grant funding from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to develop an integrated, modern site-built concrete skateboard/all-wheel park to redevelop the current outdated and deteriorating skate park.

The facility will be open to the public, free of charge, and cater to all skill levels and riding styles of users. The City also envisions the all-wheel park as part of an "outdoor hub" facility for locals and visitors alike to gather, connect, and further explore the community.

The City plans to include additional amenities like accessible, safe and inviting viewing areas, strong connections to the adjacent trail systems, and environmentally sustainable design elements. The park's design will also consider accommodating programming initiatives, community events, and competitions as a way to further enhance inclusion and support opportunities for community recreation and health.

The total value of the project is $1.42m with additional community-hub elements to be designed and budgeted through the process.

Existing Skatepark

The existing City of Fernie skatepark is now over 20 years old and has reached the end of its lifecycle, with a number of identified maintenance issues and safety concerns, paired with outdated terrain that no longer meets contemporary design and construction standards. To better fulfill the needs of the growing action sports community, the City will be reconstructing the park to provide site-appropriate modern concrete all-wheel park terrain within the context of an inviting public space welcoming to all citizens.

The Process

New Line Skateparks will be leading the design and construction of this project. Their team will be hosting a series of three workshops in 2022 to help determine the design before construction begins in spring 2023.

In preparing the grant application in 2020 the City of Fernie conducted a public survey to gauge community support for the redevelopment of the City's existing skateboard park, with 320 citizens reviewing the grant application and project information, and 166 completing an online survey showing 92.2% of respondents in favour of a skatepark redevelopment, and 93.4% also supporting expanding the project as part of an outdoor recreation facility hub.

The first workshop for the redevelopment project was held in June 2022, and participants had an opportunity to offer their feedback on what types of features the next park should feature using an in-person feedback form, a online survey was also available on this page. You can read an overview of the feedback in the summary document.

Feedback Opportunity

The Preliminary Concept Design Options were presented at a community workshop on November 3, 2022 and a survey is available for you to pick your favourite option and provide your feedback on the designs. If you missed the workshop you can view the presentation here and the then take the online survey below. The survey closes November 17 at 4pm.

Project Background

The City was successful in securing $1.28m in Federal and Provincial grant funding from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to develop an integrated, modern site-built concrete skateboard/all-wheel park to redevelop the current outdated and deteriorating skate park.

The facility will be open to the public, free of charge, and cater to all skill levels and riding styles of users. The City also envisions the all-wheel park as part of an "outdoor hub" facility for locals and visitors alike to gather, connect, and further explore the community.

The City plans to include additional amenities like accessible, safe and inviting viewing areas, strong connections to the adjacent trail systems, and environmentally sustainable design elements. The park's design will also consider accommodating programming initiatives, community events, and competitions as a way to further enhance inclusion and support opportunities for community recreation and health.

The total value of the project is $1.42m with additional community-hub elements to be designed and budgeted through the process.

Existing Skatepark

The existing City of Fernie skatepark is now over 20 years old and has reached the end of its lifecycle, with a number of identified maintenance issues and safety concerns, paired with outdated terrain that no longer meets contemporary design and construction standards. To better fulfill the needs of the growing action sports community, the City will be reconstructing the park to provide site-appropriate modern concrete all-wheel park terrain within the context of an inviting public space welcoming to all citizens.

The Process

New Line Skateparks will be leading the design and construction of this project. Their team will be hosting a series of three workshops in 2022 to help determine the design before construction begins in spring 2023.

In preparing the grant application in 2020 the City of Fernie conducted a public survey to gauge community support for the redevelopment of the City's existing skateboard park, with 320 citizens reviewing the grant application and project information, and 166 completing an online survey showing 92.2% of respondents in favour of a skatepark redevelopment, and 93.4% also supporting expanding the project as part of an outdoor recreation facility hub.

The first workshop for the redevelopment project was held in June 2022, and participants had an opportunity to offer their feedback on what types of features the next park should feature using an in-person feedback form, a online survey was also available on this page. You can read an overview of the feedback in the summary document.

Feedback Opportunity

The Preliminary Concept Design Options were presented at a community workshop on November 3, 2022 and a survey is available for you to pick your favourite option and provide your feedback on the designs. If you missed the workshop you can view the presentation here and the then take the online survey below. The survey closes November 17 at 4pm.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    After successfully securing $1.28m in grant funding, the City of Fernie will be pursing an extensive redevelopment of our existing skatepark facility. The project will include a complete replacement of the existing skatepark structure as as well as the introduction of formalized viewing areas, site furnishings, access pathways, parking lot upgrades and connectivity improvements to the downtown core - creating a true 'community hub'. 

    Please take a moment to learn a more about the project, tell us about yourself, and let us know what you would like to see in the new skatepark and surrounding site area.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Welcome to the second community input survey for the Fernie Skatepark redevelopment. The initial Community Design Workshop and input survey was held in June 2022, and subsequent feedback regarding terrain priorities and support amenities was incorporated into the preliminary concept options that have been created for your review. This survey complements Community Design Workshop #2 (conducted in-person on November 3rd) and your responses will be used to help inform the final project design that will be presented in early 2023.

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