October 18, 2014 - 1:44 PM
KAMLOOPS – The official grand opening of the Kamloops Longboarding Park was packed with riders Saturday.
The Kamloops Longboarding Club held a Slide Jam to mark the park’s opening in the Aberdeen neighbourhood above Pacific Way Elementary School.
The park cost property taxpayers $160,000 and was built about a year behind schedule.
The off-road track is the first of its kind and is drawing attention from all over Canada and as far away as Asia and Australia, according to a media release from the City of Kamloops.
Along with the 350 metres of downhill track, the city has included a grassy area, picnic table, a pit toilet, a drinking fountain, benches, trees and garbage cans. There’s even a bus stop nearby.
"After working closely with the local longboarding club over the past several months, we are excited to be the first municipality to provide an off-road longboarding track for riders to practice their skills in an automobile-free environment," Michael Doll with the City says.
The park is a better option than city streets for the longboards. RCMP have warned in the past they face fines of up to $2,000 for boarding in restricted areas of the city.
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