Brighton skate park slated for June opening

·2 min read

With the warmer weather lately, youth have been hitting the pavement in Brighton’s skateboard park.

While it’s currently closed, a trio on a scooter, a bike and a skateboard took to the ramps and curves one recent mild day.

Brighton Skate Park, through its Facebook page, is asking people to stay out of the park until it’s actually open to prevent hurting themselves and damaging the site.

Construction work wound down on the long-awaited Brighton Skate Park on Elizabeth Street in the fall of 2020 but there are still finishing touches to be made.

Jim Millar, the municipality’s parks and recreation director, shared an update with council during a recent meeting held in council chambers and broadcast live on YouTube.

“Preliminarily, we’re looking at an opening in June,” Millar said.

“There still is landscaping to be done…and there is still some painting to do on the rails inside.

“Once we get a date set where we can get everybody, dignitaries and what not, all there, we will definitely announce it. It will be on social media, we’ll make some signage and we’ll do an announcement at council,” Millar said.

Griffin Brown, an avid skateboarder, earlier told the Independent that he was particularly looking forward to the new large manual pad in the centre of the park and the new bowl.

"I love skateboarding because it’s a great outlet to express creativity and style, also skateboarding has its own culture that’s unique from any other,” Brown said.

Upgrading the park has been in the works for a number of years, with a community-led group of volunteers undertaking numerous fundraising initiatives.

The Brighton Skate Park committee received a significant boost in 2020 with an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant of $125,000 to complete its fundraising campaign to redevelop the park. The grant allowed for the expansion of the skate park, including the addition of new ramps and other improvements to make the attraction state-of-the-art.

The original skate park was made in 2004.

To follow the Brighton Skate Park and see more pictures of the new space, visit the park’s Facebook page.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News