According to the City of Calgary Skatepark website, both Southwood and Huntington Hills skateparks will be closed from May 2-18 for landscaping:
“This park will be closed to the public from May 2 – May 18 due to landscaping. We appreciate your patience while these skateparks receive ‘final touches’.”
Please respect these temporary closures so that landscape workers can complete their work according to schedule.
Notice of Annual General Meeting
7 PM, Thursday May 12, 2016
1215 10 Ave SE
The CASE board would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting. This year it will take place on Thursday, May 12 at Festival Hall, 1215 10 Ave SE at 7:00PM.
It’s important that you join us for the meeting. The past year was an important one for Calgary skateboarding and the coming year will no doubt be important too. We want feedback from you—
Where do you see CASE going? What would you like to see from CASE? How did we do over the past year?
Come out to hear about new skateparks planned for 2016-2017, events, and a few other things we have in mind.
Please use the Facebook event page to RSVP.
Metro News published an article about “The Slab”, the DIY skate spot located in Forest Heights. The article interviews the creator of this skater-built and maintained skatepark and tells us that the City of Calgary parks staff is aware of it. Click the photo below to read the article:
CASE supports the DIY park and would like to see it incorporated into the city’s skatepark network. The southeast community of Forest Heights is not scheduled for a concrete park as part of the Skateboard Amenities Strategy. Unfortunately, nearby Applewood was originally slated for a skatepark but the project did not move forward due to lack of interest, according to the Site Selection Report.
If you are skating at the Slab, be mindful of residents and the creators of this unique spot. We want it to last as long as possible– it’s been there for three years already! Similarly to well-known DIY skateparks like Burnside and Leeside, keep it clean, pack out what you pack in, and just respect the space.
The City of Calgary Planning department recently released the results of their engagement for “sports ramps”. You may recall that Calgary has a bylaw which prohibits skateboard ramps on private property. That bylaw is currently being repealed after a notice of motion was filed by Councillor Evan Woolley.
The city conducted an online survey, open houses, as well as a telephone survey. The results of those surveys showed that the majority of Calgarians polled support having skateboard ramps on private property. Strong support (72%) came from the telephone survey, which is a random sample that’s designed to be representative of all Calgarians. You can review the results for all three surveys by clicking the timeline below:
Now we wait for the next step, which is on June 1st when bylaw and planning staff present their findings to the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services. That committee is made up of seven councillors and the mayor. The meeting is open to the public.
After that, the committee’s findings will go to council for the final review on June 13th.
In an interesting twist, the city has made a “policy shift” on ramps on public streets (as well as street hockey nets and basketball nets). According to their recent tweet, ramps are now allowed on streets, provided they don’t obstruct traffic and are removed after use.
Thank you for your patience and support on this. We’re optimistic that ramps will be allowed on public property later this year!
We spoke with local skate rock legend, John Hiebert, about the vert ramp he and his brother Barry built in the late 1970s. The ramp was featured in Thrasher Magazine in 1981.
How big was it?
10 feet high, 9 foot transitions 16 feet wide. Somewhere around 14 layers of 1/4 inch ply after its 6 year history, which means it was 4 inches thick including the base.
Where was it located?
10315 8ST SW. 1 block south east of Elbow Dr and Southland Dr.
When was it built?
How long did it last for?
Was it the first Vert ramp in Calgary?
Not sure, i know a local ski shop that started selling skateboards made one as well. Our ramp was made because *Skatetopia* indoor cement skate park in Marlborough shut down. Skatetopia was awesome!! Vert pools , 2 snake runs. Probably a dozen different bowls and runs. My mom would drop Barry and I off Saturday mornings at 10am and come pick us up at 6PM.
Did your ramp inspire others?
I think so. Woodbine ramp i believe
Do you hope to see ramps on private residential property in Calgary again?
What do you think of the new skateparks?
Southwood is good. Have not been to Huntington yet. Looks rad. The one by Wisewood is small but good for street riders. My mind has mostly been “any skate park is good to have” through my life. Do you have special pride for the Southwood park? I was so stoked to find out about the Southwood park. Spent grades 4 to 12 in Southwood, went to Southwood Elementary and Panabaker Jr high. Played hockey from 8-11 yrs old on the rink mere feet from the current park. Super stoked. I had my van stolen this January and my skateboard was in it. I had bought my first new skateboard (top to bottom) in almost 30 yrs. I showed up on the unofficial first day at Southwood with my new skate. Giddy as a kid. Rolled my ankle in the first 30 minutes. Was so stoked i skated on my ankle for another hour which I’m paying for now. I couldn’t stop; new skate and new park in my old hood!
Thanks to everyone who helped make it great!
A big thanks to everyone who came out to support our Fundraiser on February 27. It was a HUGE success! Props to the bands – A War Within, Pagans of Northumberland, and Ghost Factory, as well as to the Palomino for hosting us.
We are currently looking over our budget and allocating funds raised. We will post an update soon on how much was raised and how the funds will support CASE initiatives.
Special thanks to all our sponsors for their donations, leading us to a successful silent auction:
- Chris Tait Photography,
- Mandy Stobo at Bad Portraits,
- Steve Rohl, Mark Kowalchuk,
- Mike Issakidis Photography,
- Cindy at Calgary International Blues Festival,
- Float Life Kensington,
- Chris at Shotlist Films,
- Elisa Friesen Illustrations,
- Robyn Condon,
- Dom at EQ3 Furniture and Accents,
- Mission Snow and Skate,
- Royal Board Shop,
- The Source Snowboards and Skateboards,
- Jay at DC Shoes,
- Dan at Vans,
- Jayden at Brookfield Residential,
- Bernie at Taurus Property Group,
- Councillor Carra,
- Councillor Pincott,
- Joey at Westernfront Sales.
Youth Brigade is offering beginner skateboarding lessons starting in April. Give them a call, or check out their website for the details!