The newly designed skatepark on Sixth Avenue will be celebrated with a grand opening on May 28 at 11 a.m.

The newly designed skatepark on Sixth Avenue will be celebrated with a grand opening on May 28 at 11 a.m.

Ceremony to reopen Ladysmith skatepark

After months at the drawing board, the board members for the local Vancouver Island Leadership team, local youth and an army of volunteers and suppliers are ready to open the newly renovated skatepark.

Terri-Lynne Campbell, one of the board members, said the stakeholders are thrilled and ready to welcome the community to share in the grand opening.

The ribbon-cutting is planned for May 28 beginning at 11 a.m.

“We have lots going on,” said Campbell.

There will be a DJ providing music, a barbecue, plenty of prizes and demonstrations from at least five professional skaters.

“It has been pretty challenging and rewarding,” Campbell said of the project, that saw the board work with local youth to overhaul the existing park next to the Frank Jameson Centre.

The project relied heavily on support from local suppliers and contractors and the help of Ladysmith Secondary School construction students.

“We had a tremendous amount of support to make it work. It’s been really uplifting,” said Campbell of the volunteer help.

Campbell said the bad weather threw a wrench in work, but everything is ready to go.

The only thing left is the planting of the grass, which may be done after the opening.