The Mold-Masters SportsPlex was abuzz Tuesday night as the Town of Halton Hills marked the grand opening of a new skatepark.
“This was a priority of our new council - get a new park here and double its size,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette as he addressed the gathered crowd.
The park was completed last month. Jamie Baird, who has been putting the park to good use, was at the opening to record an ollie competition and said the new facility has a “good flow to it."
Nine-year-old Alexander Jameslast, who was coached by Baird, was tearing it up with the adults at the event. He used to skate at the Gellert Community Centre and said that while he likes both for different reasons, he prefers one feature of the new park.
“It has a bigger bowl - it's easier to drop into,” little Alexander told HaltonHillsToday.
Mark Taylor, senior landscape architect for the Town, lead the way on the project and provided a brief history.
“We did the Action Sports Needs Assessment. It was back in 2017, and approximately two years ago council funded this project,” he said. “Construction of it started first thing this spring.”
The new park replaces a previous one that was built in 1998, which Taylor said was “past its useful life” and renewal was needed.