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Nathan Monk gets ready to Skate
REPORTING · 10th January 2015
Walter McFarlane
With a sheet of snow on the local Skateboard Park, teens who wish to hone their skills despite the layer of snow have an opportunity to keep practicing at the Skater’s Lobby.

“Skater’s Lobby has probably been going on and off for the better part of 10 years. It’s a program that is very much led by the youth users and directed for the kids who would be, in the summer time, at the Skate Park,” said Shaun O’Neill, Deputy Director of Leisure Services.

Typically, a leader will emerge from the skaters and offer to run the program for their friends and the other young people. It is run in the downstairs lobby at Tamitik on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Metal rails and a funbox were set up along with padding on several of the pillars on Tuesday, January 6th for the youth who came out. They would pay at the counter before going downstairs into the Tamitik. All of them brought their own gear, including the mandatory helmet.

According to O’Neill, the equipment was used prior to the Skate Park, it used to be set up in the Tamitik Parking lot for skaters during the summer.

If skateboarding is not your thing, or you are not young enough to participate in the Skaters Lobby, there is another indoor activity which can be done at the Tamitik Arena. The upper level of the Tamitik is open to people who wish to walk. This program is free, although they ask people to sign in.

“We have a great little track that takes them around the concourse of Tamitik. There’s stairs at one end for people who want a little up and down, and if not, they just turn around and go the other way. I’d say on any given day, we have a dozen to 20 people coming in there,” said O’Neill.
Jerad Shaw grinds the metal rail
Jerad Shaw grinds the metal rail
Brandon Paul practices his Boardslide
Brandon Paul practices his Boardslide
Marc Brais attempts to land his trick.
Marc Brais attempts to land his trick.