Open House Seeks Feedback on All Wheel Sport Plaza Location

The City of Fredericton is inviting members of the public and all-wheel sport enthusiasts to provide feedback on a recommended site for a new All-Wheel Sport Plaza behind the Armories in the York Street Parking Lot.

A public open house and consultation session will be held in the Chickadee Room at the Fredericton Public Library, on Wednesday, August 8 from 4:30pm – 8:30pm. As part of the Open House, City staff will present information on the site, including more details on the proposed expansion to the York Street parking lot.

“It’s important for us to choose a location for the All Wheel Sport Plaza that works for skateboarding enthusiasts, for affected stakeholders and the community in general,” said David Seabrook, Assistant Director, Growth and Community Services. “I encourage the public to save the date in their calendars as we start to form a plan for this important new development in the city.”

The all-wheel sports plaza has a proposed footprint of 27,000 square feet and is meant to be a destination level park, drawing resident and visitors from around the region. The downtown location benefits from good access by trails and streets and a close proximity to the College of Craft and Design, the Fredericton Public Library and Officers’ Square.

Following site selection, the plaza would be designed to accommodate skateboarders, scooters and BMX bikers.

Any parking spots lost would be replaced by an expansion of the current York parking lot.

Those unable to attend the public meeting have an opportunity to submit their thoughts by emailing planning@fredericton.ca, or by completing an online web portal and brief survey available at www.fredericton.ca/allwheelplaza. The public may review the information online and submit written comments until August 31, 2018.

City Staff will return to Council in September with the summary of public engagement, including survey results, and seek direction from Council on whether or not to proceed to the concept design phase. Further consultation with user groups, stakeholders and the public will then follow.

For more information on the Public Open House contact the City’s Growth and Community Services Division at 506-460-2020.