We were present at a meeting between 10 year old student, Jett, his mom, and Ward 8 Councillor Woolley. Jett is passionate about skateboarding and has done a lot of research on indoor skateparks.
With all the new outdoor skateparks being developed, we’re optimistic that the need for an indoor skatepark will be addressed. The Skateboard Amenities Strategy recommends an indoor skatepark for the city:
“Find a suitable location for one or more indoor skateparks or wheeled sport facilities to comprise an area of at least 1,850 m2 (20,000 ft2). An indoor facility may be located in an existing building or be a purpose built facility that is clustered with a recreation centre. Indoor facilities should serve both skateboarders, bmx, inline skaters and provide a fitness track for roller skaters. See page 50.” (Skateboard Amenities Strategy, 2011, p. 9)
Sam McGowan has published his video “It’s a Trap!” online for viewing. It features Sean Heather, Branden Wren, Dylan Dillz and many more Calgary skaters. Watch it here:
A couple of weeks we told you of Jason Huang’s crowdfunding efforts for an indoor skatepark. He’s put together a survey in order to learn more about what Calgary skaters might want in an indoor park. Please take a minute to complete it at this link.