Contributed by Town of Blackfalds This is a graphic rendering of the new skate park expected to be ready in May

Blackfalds getting bike skills park

New bike park will be located near skateboard park that will be ready this spring.

Blackfalds is embracing extreme sports.

A $500,000 skate park in All Star Park is expected to be ready in May, giving local skateboarders a long-awaited venue to try out their grinds, ollies and alley-oops.

Next to it will be a bike skills park with its own array of skill-testing obstacles.

B.C.-based Hoots Inc. has been contracted to build the bike park. The company was started by professional rider Jay Hoots, who has designed and built more than 50 tracks across North America.

Council paved the way for the bike skills park on Tuesday by agreeing to spend $350,000 for the planning, designing and building of the park. It is expected to be ready in August.

Town spokesman Cale Frombach said they will be going out to the community next month to get feedback on what users want to see in the bike park.

“We’re hoping to get the word out to the schools as well so they can get the kids involved in making it an even better park,” said Frombach.

After all, who better to ask than the ones who will be doing the fakies and smith grinds?

The community has been a big booster of the projects. The local Optimist Club raised more than half the cost of the skate park through a combination of local fundraising and a government grant.

“They did a great job with all of their fundraising efforts,” said Frombach.

The town covered the rest with contributions of cash and in-kind donations from Lacombe County.

The total cost of both parks and a parking lot is expected to be about $1 million.

Just Posted

Man killed in collision near Markerville

A 55-year-old man is dead after a collision near Markerville Friday night.… Continue reading

La Loche school shooter carried out plan with ‘stark efficiency:’ Crown

MEADOW LAKE, Sask. — A Saskatchewan judge is weighing whether a teenager… Continue reading

Castor triple-murder trial resumes on Monday

Trial was delayed two weeks for two men accused of killing Castor-area family

Red Deer Royals are sending 1,000 letters to Trudeau

The band must pay for the last 20 per cent of fieldhouse costs

Central Alberta real estate market reflects Alberta’s slow recovery

Real estate markets will bounce back but incoming mortgage changes don’t help, say realtor groups

WATCH: A magical Harry Potter weekend in downtown Red Deer

Wizards, witches and muggles are flocking to downtown Red Deer to celebrate… Continue reading

B.C. ice rink where 3 people died remains closed due to safety concerns

FERNIE, B.C. — Residents who were forced from their homes because of… Continue reading

Trudeau condemns appointment of Mugabe as WHO ambassador

EDMONTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the appointment of Zimbabwe President… Continue reading

Friday Oct. 21: Winning Lotto Numbers

Friday, October 20, 2017 LOTTO MAX Winning Numbers 1 4 12 27… Continue reading

New northbound Hwy 2 lanes at Gaetz Avenue to open this Sunday

Drivers heading north through Red Deer on Hwy 2 will have a… Continue reading

Sockey Night at Saturday’s Rebels game

United Way Central Alberta is determined to provide warm feet for all… Continue reading

Canadian planet hunter seeking alien life

‘The shifting line of what is crazy’ says Toronto-born astrophysicist

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

4 B.C. prisons install body scanners to combat drug smuggling

The scanners are aimed to combat the smuggling of contraband including weapons and drugs

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month