Fredericton looks at rolling out downtown all-wheel plaza

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Fredericton’s downtown could see a lot more 180 kick flips, boardslides and 50-50 grinds in its future.

For 20 years, Mitch Claybourn, recreation officer for the City of Fredericton, has been pushing for an all-wheel plaza in New Brunswick’s capital city, a facility designed for people to skateboard, scooter and use BMX bikes in Fredericton.

“It’s a place for them to go where they can practise their skill in a safe spot,” Claybourn said in an interview with Information Morning Fredericton.

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“We need to have one to meet the needs of our users.”

The outdoor facility would be concrete and 25,000 square feet in size. He said the park would be designed to have very little maintenance. He’s hoping the site will be located somewhere in the downtown area, so people will have easier access to it.

“It’s a big spot but it needs to be big enough to accommodate all those sports at once,” he said.

Claybourn said there are smaller parks in Fredericton, including the Kimble Road Wheeled Sport Park, the Henry Park Skateboard Park and the Mitch Clarke Nasis Park.

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