A skateboarder flies off a ramp at the skate park at Belmont secondary last year. With Sobey’s due to start developing the site and the school being taken down

A skateboarder flies off a ramp at the skate park at Belmont secondary last year. With Sobey’s due to start developing the site and the school being taken down

Loss of Belmont skate park lamented

Langford park torn up, covered over as community groups seek alternate site

Oct. 13 was a sad day for the youth and young families on the West Shore who have enjoyed the skateboard park for many years.

This park beside the old Belmont school has provided many years of challenge, entertainment and a place for the kids to hang out and socialize.

Today, as we drove by, we saw machines breaking up the concrete and demolishing the park.

Later, we saw youth standing amidst the rubble looking like they were in the middle of a war zone, searching for something precious to salvage.

What a shame this skateboard park wasn’t saved until a new one could be built. I wonder why there was such a hurry to get rid of it and why it wasn’t incorporated into the plan for this commercial area. Parks and places for our kids to play go well with shopping malls.

Marianne Stewart

Langford