Provincial restrictions put brakes on Brighton Skate Park opening

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Brighton was hoping to open the new skate park May 7 but that won’t happen now with the provincial government’s restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.

​Brighton council heard recently about a plan to open the Elizabeth Street park in May, however, the extension of the province’s state of emergency declaration has since delayed the opening date.

​“At this point in time, we do not have a date yet,” said Jim Millar, Brighton’s parks and recreation director, during the meeting.

​The construction is almost finished, staff noted in the report. Landscaping and sodding of the outer-lying areas, as well as the installation of benches and a picnic table with shade structure, need to be completed.

“The nice weather that we have experienced throughout the last month or so has our youth skaters and bikers chomping at the bit to make use of the facility,” staff noted.

​Originally slated to open in June, the skate park committee pushed for the May 7 opening and its members met regularly to deal with items related to getting the park opened.

​The Brighton Skate Park will have new signs installed before the opening date stating the park’s name, the project’s main donors and the skate park rules.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News