Espanola defers Skateboard/BMX Park discussion for now

By Rosalind Russell – The Town of Espanola is looking at filling two important positions over the next month or so and that has led to a deferral on a new recreation project for the time being.

Espanola is looking for a new recreation director with the resignation of Dan Deschamps and a Supervisor of Community & Recreation with the impending retirement of Cheryl Kennelly at the end of this month.

Councillor Aidan Kallioinen brought a motion forward to have council consider a skateboard/BMX park for Espanola in the future.

He provided a report on other similar projects in Elliot Lake and Little Current and would like to begin the process of a feasibility study.

However, other councillors wanted the matter deferred until the new recreation staff is in place.

An amended motion called on the proposal to be brought back up for discussion at the first meeting this December providing new staff time to settle in.

Photo: Sixteen-year-old Kerrnan Legrow gathered hundreds of signatures to push for a skateboard park for Espanola in June of 2021. The new council has agreed to look at the idea once again in early December once new recreation staff is in place. Photo provided by Kerrnan Legrow.

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