A new skatepark and baseball field are among the recreational projects taking place in Metlakatla. Spectrum Skateparks designed and built the park while council approved the project and executive director Gordon Tomlinson oversaw construction.

Metlakatla opens brand new skatepark

The Metlakatla First Nation has a brand new skatepark to call its own after this weekend.

The Metlakatla First Nation has a brand new skatepark to call its own after this weekend.

With the help of Spectrum Skateparks, a North American design, engineering and construction firm, Metlakatla youth and extreme sports enthusiasts will be shredding concrete more often.

Prince Rupert resident Marc Page, who operates skateboarding and snowboarding events out of Prince Rupert and Terrace, will help the community celebrate the unveiling of the project that’s been in the works since early this summer at an event scheduled for Thursday.

Spectrum is known for developing unique parks across Canada, including North Vancouver and recently, in Powell River. The company also operates in Europe and Asia and only selects a limited number of projects each year to maximize quality and very few of each design are ever the same.

Along with the skatepark, updates on a nearby baseball field have continued through the summer.

Both projects were overseen by council executive director Gordon Tomlinson and the Public Works department with approval by Metlakatla governing council.