Mayor among boarders at grand opening ribbon ceremony
Saturday, September 23, 2017
ST. THOMAS - Dozens of all ages were on hand, with their boards, bikes and scooters, at the grand opening of the Railway City skatepark.
St. Thomas mayor Heather Jackson, joined by Bill Gurney, senior design manager, at New Line Skateparks and The Edge's Jim Young, cut the ceremonial ribbon for the park, located between the Timken Centre and the new St. Thomas Police building.
"This is here for all of you. It's really great to be here today and see how respectful everyone is being of each other and letting everyone have a turn," Jackson said. "Thank you for your input and being a part of this project. I want to thank Bill. He took all of the input and made the design for this project."
Open to the public since July, the spacious park has been a hot spot for many with wheels.
"It's a beautiful park," said boarder Hunter Barnes. "I'm surprised St. Thomas has such a nice park. It'll be very popular."
The railway theme goes beyond the park name and steam locomotive sign that greets visitors. In a west-east direction along the slab pavement, there are two sets of parallel markings looking like railway tracks.
Today's ceremony included a BBQ and a trick demonstration.
The Edge, located in downtown St. Thomas is celebrating 20 years in 2017.