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Lighting for the Squamish skate park on its way.

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In a month’s time, Squamish skateboarders and BMXers will be pulling tricks into the night.

Thanks to the efforts of skateboard shop owner Mike Quesnel, the park recently received a $5,500 grant from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation to install lights. Since March, Quesnel worked on the project, gathering approximately $10,000 worth of pledges for materials and donated time to get the facility lit up at night.

“It is going to be insane,” Quesnel said. “Everybody from Whistler and Vancouver will be coming. There aren’t a lot of skateparks with lighting.”

Four light poles will be installed and set to the go out at the time of the District of Squamish’s curfew, he said. Squamish’s park has a reputation for being one of the best places to ride in the Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky Corridor, Quesnel said, noting this latest development, along with structural working being done in the park, will draw more people.

“We are going to make the park better and better,” he said.

With no lights at the facility, the District of Squamish was losing out on outside money from visitors, Quesnel said. On any given day the locals-visitor split is about 50/50, Quesnel told The Chief.

The foundation grant application was backed by the district, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and Sea to Sky Community Services Society.

The Chief Newspaper