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Tuesday June 19th, 2012

Posted at 3:15pm

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Plans for a third skate park in Windsor were accelerated at the City of Windsor’s Capital Budget Meeting, Monday night.

The idea for the project took shape after employees of Tecumseh Road’s Most Precious Blood Catholic Church asked teenagers to stop skateboarding on the church’s property. Father Christopher Gevaert transformed the problem into a concept to build a new skate park, set to be located in an L-shaped grassy area at the south end of Ford Test Track.

Mayor Eddie Francis, after speaking with the Chief of Windsor Police, announced that the project would be recommended for a Safer Communities Grant through the Province of Ontario.

Project organizers stated a commitment to working with community partners to make the project a reality. The new skate park would compliment the two existing skate parks, one located in Forest Glade and the other at Atkinson Park in West Windsor.

Councillor Jo-Ann Gignac noted that building a new centrally-located skate park would benefit other parks such as Coventry Gardens which has seen its share of damage caused by skateboarders and Councillor Bill Marra recognized that Ford Test Track had “come a long way” and would be an ideal location for a new skateboarding facility.

The City of Windsor has also planned for a fourth skate park to be constructed in South Windsor at a later date. Plans for that project are anticipated to be discussed in 2013 or later.

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