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Longboarders fly down new track in Kamloops for grand opening

An unidentified longboarder on a run down the 350 metre track at the new Kamloops Longboard Park on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.
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.

Most of the longboarders in attendance at the Kamloops Longboarding Track grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 stopped for a selfie before hitting the downhill track.
Most of the longboarders in attendance at the Kamloops Longboarding Track grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 stopped for a selfie before hitting the downhill track.

The Kamloops Longboard Park was very busy Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 for the official grand opening Slide Jam.
The Kamloops Longboard Park was very busy Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 for the official grand opening Slide Jam.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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