If the weather is bad, go check out the City of Calgary Mobile Skateparks at Ernie Starr Arena or Murray Copot Arena (next to Huntington Hills Skatepark). Click the photo below for hours of operation. Helmets are required but there is no cost.
The Compound is another option for an indoor park. Click on their logo below for info:
Thanks to everyone who attended our annual general meeting last week. Special thanks to John Hiebert from Festival Hall for allowing us to use the space, as well as Councillors Pincott and Woolley for attending and continued support.
Here’s the presentation, if you missed it:
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.
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.
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!