By Rosalind Russell – An Espanola councillor’s motion to have town staff begin the process of looking into the feasibility of a skateboard park for the town has been nixed.
An original motion had been brought forward in June.
At this week’s meeting, Councillor Aidan Kallioinen put forward an amendment to the original motion, to have the Recreation & Culture Advisory Committee begin some preliminary work on a needs study.
However, several councillors expressed concerns about the uncertainties the town is facing in the wake of the idling of the Domtar pulp and paper mill, noting it will take time to see what kind of effect that will have on the town as a while.
Mayor Doug Gervais also spoke of the many projects around the corner including a new public works building, road work and more, adding the town did add a major attraction this year with the opening of the new splash pad.
The motion was defeated moving the park to the back burner for the time being.
Photo: A skateboard is not a priority with the town of Espanola at this time. It will be part of budget talks, but unlikely to come to fruition anytime soon. Photo – unsplash