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Montreal Families

Skateboarders in Verdun rejoice

Skateboarders and BMX riders in Verdun are in for a treat – the borough recently announced plans to build a new skate park.

Borough councilor, Sterling Downey, an avid skateboarder who also spearheaded the initiative to allow skateboards on Montreal bike paths, convinced the city to invest in the project.

Downey promises the new park will be safer and more fun than the one at Arthur-Therrien Park, which is fraught with broken ramps and has become dangerous. The project is in the hands of skate park designer Dan Vézina, who says the concept for the park will be based on a video game from the 1980s and will feature elements such as sewer ditches and sidewalks.

Construction will cost $700,000 and should be completed by the fall.

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