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Hacks, houses and brooms have been temporarily replaced at the Vernon Curling Club with springboards, boards and wheels.

Greater Vernon Recreation Services says the curling club now houses a temporary indoor skatepark.

The skatepark opened its doors on Wednesday, June 29 and will be open to the public Monday to Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (excluding public holidays), until August 19.

For those just learning to skateboard, a beginner hour is set aside from 5-6pm, followed by a free skate session from 6-8pm.

“This new skatepark fills a need in the community for a dedicated space to learn the sport,” said Clint Hardie of Okanagan Skate Co. “Vernon Indoor Skatepark is a great place to learn the basics. be entry level and you are not competing for space with other sports users.

Hardie helped lead a crowdfunding initiative with Nathan Fisher of Pop Mode Board Supply to purchase the materials needed to build a variety of features for the park.

A team of talented carpenters – including Seamus Townsend, Jory Stang and Joshuah Langner – then volunteered their time to build railings and boxes.

“We are delighted to see this project, driven by the community, becoming a hub for the sport. A place to learn, connect with other skaters and have fun. Through recreation, we improve the quality of life,” said Recreation Programmer Tima Coad.

Those wishing to use the skatepark are asked to stop by the reception of the Vernon Recreation Center to sign a waiver. Anyone under 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign for them. The skater will then receive a free Skateboard Access Pass which he will present to the park supervisor at each visit.

It is important to note that the indoor park is reserved for skateboards. No scooters, roller skates or other equipment is allowed. Helmets are mandatory for all skaters and pads are recommended.

To view program sessions, visit and select Programs and Activities, then click on Sports Drop-In. No pre-registration is necessary.

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