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Jan. 17, 2022 | Monday
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Virgil skatepark a big hit



The new Virgil skatepark is already getting a lot of use.

About 35 kids from around the region were there Tuesday evening, on scooters, skateboards and bikes 

Joel Wall, 19, from St. Catharines, was skateboarding Tuesday evening, showing off some impressive grinds on the rails.

He said he’s been at the park every day since it opened.

“It’s great. It’s a little narrow, if it was a little bit wider would be good. It’s just the flow is kind of confusing, but you get used to it ,it’s pretty good — I love it,” he said.

Matt Li, 14, from Niagara-on-the-Lake, was doing scooter tricks at the park. He said he thinks the park is nice, but that the paint makes the copings a little sticky.

A coping is the top part of a skateboard half-pipe, which skateboards and skooters can grind on.

He said he’s been to the park three times, and overall that it’s a “pretty good park.”

“It’s pretty nice, the transitions are good but the only thing I didn’t really like about it was the copings, but other than that it’s a really nice park super smooth, multiple lines you can take.”

David Dulas, a father of five from Virgil, was watching his kids skate around.

He said he thinks the part is a positive addition to the community.

“I think it’s great. It brings out all the kids of different ages. They seem to get along,” he said.

He said even the older kids are watching to make sure the younger ones are safe.

“They keep an eye on them. Yesterday there was a whole bunch of kids here and there was I guess one kid just fell and got hurt, and all everybody got together to help each other out. So, that was good.”

Dulas said he’s thankful to the Virgil Business Association for contributing to the park.

One observation by a reporter was that there were very few helmets being worn — and even fewer masks.

Sharon and Jurgen Velsink, Virgil residents whose two sons aged 8 and 10 were using the park, said they think the new park is “amazing.”

“We were here, we wanted to just check it out yesterday. And we ended up staying for two and a half hours. And now today, we want to just come quickly, and now we’re here an hour or more. So yeah, the boys love it.”

Lord Mayor Betty Disero, who will officially cut the ribbon for the park on Friday, said she thinks it’s great that it’s getting so much use already.

“I’m very excited about that,” she said, during an interview Wednesday.

“I’m very pleased that the town was able to complete it and get it ready for people of all ages to use.”

She said she thinks the park is “very successful.”

“And we’re very thankful to the Virgil Business Association who were the impetus for having the skateboard park renewed.”