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Delays push projected completion of all-wheel park to end of September

Town of Barrhead paying for project with MSI allotment
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Construction workers prepare the site of Barrhead’s new all-wheel park on Aug. 11. Rainy weather and delays involving other projects have pushed back the projected completion of the all-wheel park about a month. KEVIN BERGER/T&C

BARRHEAD – The original estimated completion date for the Town of Barrhead’s new All-Wheel Park has been pushed back about a month to the end of September. 

During their Feb. 22 meeting, town councillors authorized administration to sign an agreement with New Line Skateparks to construct the new all-wheel park, which is located on municipally-owned land on the east side of 50th Avenue near the old Champion Feeds building. 

Councillors also approved a maximum budget of $800,000 for the project at that time. They then approved a final design at the April 26 meeting, which followed a March 7 open house where the public was able to get a look at the proposed designs. 

When a ground-breaking ceremony for the new park was held June 13, it was estimated that the project could be completed by the end of August. 

However, Town of Barrhead chief administrative officer Ed LeBlanc confirmed last week that New Line Skateparks had another project fall behind schedule, which ultimately resulted in Barrhead’s project falling behind schedule. 

As well, LeBlanc noted there was a delay of about 13 days due to heavy rainfall throughout the summer. 

Having spoken to the project manager, LeBlanc said they were hoping to start pouring the first stage of cement on either Aug. 12 or sometime this week. 

“They’re doing their darndest to have it ready by the end of September,” he said. “We’re keeping a close eye on the scheduling. They’ve got a full staff there.” 

LeBlanc said there should be no cost overruns as a result of the delays, noting that the project is funded entirely out of the town’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) allotment. 

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