Tuscany Pathway Issue

We’ve been alerted to some poor etiquette from some skaters in the NW neighbourhood of Tuscany. Read what the Tuscany School Council says is happening:

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Calgary Ramp Bylaw Being Repealed

Under Calgary’s Land Use Bylaw 1P2007, Section 344 (7) skateboard ramps are not allowed:

“A skateboard ramp must not be located on a parcel.”

However, Councillor Evan Woolley hopes to change this unnecessary bylaw when he makes a notice of motion next month. Let’s hope it goes better than last time a councillor tried this.

The Calgary Herald ran an article on this topic today:

Calgary should repeal ‘outdated’ backyard skateboard ramp ban, says city councillor
Trevor Howell, Calgary Herald More from Trevor Howell, Calgary Herald
Published on: May 15, 2015
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Calgary’s longstanding bylaw banning skateboard ramps on private property is outdated and should be scrapped, says Ward 8 Coun. Evan Woolley.

The inner-city councillor says he will introduce a notice of motion by the end of June to repeal the existing rule and allow homeowners to build ramps on their yards — a practice the city outlawed in the mid-1980s over growing hue and cry the wooden structures were dangerous, unsightly and noisy.

“Skateboarding is very mainstream,” Woolley said. “We should have no business deciding what kind of activities we allow and don’t allow in a backyard around sports.

“Let’s not forget, skateboarding is a sport,” he added. “If someone wanted to put a little ice rink in their backyard so their kids could play sports we would fully let them do that.”

The backlash against skateboarding in Calgary stretches back to the 1980s when the sport experienced a surge in popularity among kids and teenagers.

With few amenities, skaters typically honed their skills on city streets, sidewalks, parking lots and, in rare instances, in their backyards on large three-to four-metre-high “vert” ramps, popularized by then teenage professional riders like Tony Hawk and Christian Hosoi.

City officials reacted by banning skateboarding on most sidewalks and roads and by 1986 began cracking down on the proliferation of ramps that could have “a detrimental impact on adjacent properties,” according to a planning commission report at the time.

Former alderwoman Barb Scott described the growing number of ramps as a “critical, critical problem” successfully spearheaded the bylaw that remain in place today.

Over the past 30 years, the public’s perception of skateboarding has shifted dramatically as the sport grew into a multi-billion-dollar industry and gained mainstream acceptance through high-profile televised competitions.

Cities across North America slowly began building skateboard facilities, including Calgary’s renown Shaw Millenium Park, which opened to much fanfare in 2000.

Yet Calgary may be the only major Canadian municipality that prohibits ramps on private property, said Zev Klymochko, founder of the Calgary Association of Skateboarding Enthusiasts.

“No one wants a 12-foot-tall vert ramp in their neighbours’ backyard that obstructs their views,” Klymochko said. “And that’s not what we’re expecting. Now it’s mostly mini-ramps, which average about four feet in height.”

Wade Cose, 41, stood on his first skateboard 30 years ago.

Seven years ago, Cose built a four-foot by 16-foot mini-ramp in the backyard of his southeast home. Within six months, the city forced him to tear it down. He promptly dismantled the ramp and moved it into a newly built garage, where it remains.

“We were going to build a garage eventually, but it was always going to have a mini-ramp in it,” he said.

“If they’re really looking at it I would say put some limitations on it for size. You don’t want someone putting a vert ramp in their backyard,” Cose said.

Klymochko said Calgary’s building and noise bylaws could prevent larger ramps from being built or used too early in the morning or late at night.

Further, he said allowing ramps on private property promotes a healthy activity and lets parents monitor their kids in a relatively safe environment instead of having them skateboard on the street.

“In some ways it’s similar to the secondary suite issue where there’s already dozens, if not hundreds, of these ramps in Calgary already,” Klymochko said. “This would just decriminalize it for people who already have ramps on their properties.”

Come To The CASE Annual General Meeting May 13, 2015!

Notice of Annual General Meeting
7 PM, Wednesday May 13, 2015
Festival Hall
1215 10 Ave SE

Photo: Alex Hondas


Every year CASE invites all of our members, as well as everyone else in the Calgary skateboarding community and those who support skateboarding, to our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Our AGM is an opportunity for CASE to share what we have accomplished, what we are working on, and what we have planned. It will also be a chance for us to answer your questions, and hear your ideas and suggestions about what we can do for skateboarding in Calgary in the coming year.

The City will be constructing the first 3 new skateparks this year, and a City representative will be at the meeting to give an update into the Skatepark Strategy, and answer questions about it.

With the growing number of skateparks in Calgary, CASE needs more people to get involved in a variety of roles so we can do more for Calgary skateboarders. If you may be interested in working with CASE in some way, come to the meeting and find out how you can help. Whatever time and effort you can give, a little or a lot, it will help push skateboarding forward in Calgary

If you have questions, comments, or need more information before the meeting please reply to this email or contact CASE through our website.

See YOU May 13th!


  1. Introductions
  2. Voting procedure
  3. Reports
    • Chairman’s report: Year In Review
    • 2014 financial report
    • Website & social media report
  4. Appointment of auditors for 2015
  5. Election of Officers:
    • Chair
    • Co-Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
  6. Discussions
  7. Skateboard Strategy Update and Discussion
  8. CASE plans & initiatives for 2015



Vans Propeller Video Premiere

The Calgary premiere for the Vans video “Propeller” is on Monday, May 4th at Globe Cinema. It’s free for all ages and tickets will be available at the following Calgary and area Vans retailers:

The Source
Rude Boys

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Skatepark Artists: Eric & Mia

A key component of the Skateboard Amenities Strategy is art. All of the skateparks planned in the strategy will be public spaces and successful public spaces often incorporate art.
Eric & Mia are the artists who were selected by a panel as part of the city’s Public Art Program. They’ve been a team for over seven years and their work has appeared all over North America as well as Europe. Learn more about them here and by reading this short interview we conducted with them:

Is art needed at skateparks? Have you seen any skatepark art or skateboard-related art that inspires you?

Depends on the art! Let’s be honest, skateparks (and cities in general) can probably survive without another mural by a public artist and some kids from a community that depicts “skateboarding”. You know what we are talking about! It is a bit of a sassy answer, but it is true; skateparks don’t need another mural. And we are very skeptical of sanctioned graffiti even when it does look amazing. We know that there are a lot of skateparks with sculptures that can be skated and these sculptures can be pretty sweet. It is not only a visual art piece, but an odd piece of terrain. But for us the role of public art is to both celebrate and ask hard questions of a specific site and the people that use that site. This is especially true of temporary public art, which we make.

We aren’t skaters (though Eric was when he was younger), but when we travel to other cities we always try to visit some skateparks or watch people skating in the city. We love it. The concrete is really a blank canvas and the skaters are like living, moving sculptures. We haven’t been to Merida, Spain, but there is a park there called Merida Factory Youth Movement. We came across it a few years ago in a magazine or book or something and have been obsessed with it ever since. The design is crazy and it provides a social space for youth. That is the kind of art we like. Art that makes spaces for people to be in the city together.

Now all of that said, we are really drawn to the DIY ethic and aesthetic of early skate culture. We share this with skaters. We might not be as punk as some DIY folk, but we are no less invested in these processes– it is often where our work starts from.3

Why do you think art and skateboarding go along so well together?

There is the obvious answer, that skateboarding isn’t just skating, it is a culture. Out of its early counter culture roots skateboarding was and continues to be defined by strong visual elements, we know this. Visual art, photography, video, graffiti, etc. are inherent to skateboarding. Skaters are creative people and art is one way of expressing the identities of individuals within the scene and of skateboarding itself.

But we are performance artists, so we look at skateboarding from another angle. Yes, we love the visual elements, but we are also interested in the behaviours and movements of skaters. That means the tricks, the way skaters use and misuse the city, and how they engage with each other. Put another way, we think about skateboarding as being performance. The movements of skaters, the tricks that they do, and how they ride are, for instance, a form of “dance”–they are kin(a)esthetic. Most skaters will probably hate being called dancers, we’re sure! But it is a metaphor; we aren’t talking about tutus and ballet and things that happen in theatres. We’re talking about performance that is experimental and improvised, performance that happens outside of traditional spaces, performance that re-imagines how we relate to the city and authority, and performances that happen in the everyday. The movements and strategies that skaters create so that they can engage and navigate the city (and people in the city) are a form of choreography. And these movements—- both physical and cultural—- are beautiful to watch! Maybe skateboarding is more like guerrilla theatre? Anyhow, this is only the beginning of thinking about skating as performance, we could go on forever about it. Maybe thinking about how skateboarding is a performance in everyday life is some high level stuff to talk about, but for us it is fascinating and we think most skaters know what we are talking about.

To answer your question more directly: skateboarding is art!

What do you have in store for the new skateparks?

We can’t release exactly what we are doing for the skateparks yet, because there is a larger process that we are working through right now to have our projects approved. But we can give you some hints.

Often times when people think of public art, they think about murals or sculptures (or blue rings…has anybody from the community tried to skate that thing yet? Get on it!). But that isn’t what we do. Instead our work is all about social engagement. If some artists use paint as their medium, we work with people and places and relationships. So hint one: no murals, no sculptures!

We asked ourselves a question at the outset of the creative process: what does a citizen skater look and act like in Calgary? We spent a lot of time talking to different people from the skate community, the City, and the neighbourhoods where the parks are going to be located. We were really inspired by meeting so many different people over the past year. The projects we are proposing came out of these meetings and respond directly to the needs of each group. We have to tell you that we were really surprised by the things that came out of each camp—they were basically all the same concerns, but from different angles. Skaters, community associations, the City, and the park designers were all concerned about who was going to monitor the parks and how this is going to be done; each group wants there to be a broad base of users; and there is a desire to know and explain who the park users are going to be.

We are proposing three different projects that address these points. Our work always encourages people to participate in some form or fashion and that is true with these projects as well. There will be one project that asks the skate community to work with us on introducing as many skaters as possible to the residents of neighbourhoods where the parks are located. A second project looks at how we can get more women skateboarding in Calgary. And the third considers what a relationship between the police, skaters, and the skateparks can look like. They are all super playful projects that bring together different people to consider the skateparks. We are planting seeds that will take time to grow.unnamed2

Have you done anything like this in the past?

Yes and no. We have been making temporary public art together for some time now, but no one creative process or project is ever the same. Most of the projects we have created respond to a specific issue or location, but are shorter term. They are quick interventions in to the city that last a few hours to a couple of weeks. The projects we are proposing for the skateparks follows in this tradition, but has required a much larger process of initial engagement. What is also different this time around, is the scope of the project. We are dealing with eight neighbourhoods and the skate community. It is a lot of “ground” to cover, a lot of people to work with, and so many different agendas to consider. With the help of the different communities involved we have identified some concerns and are proposing projects to address these concerns in a playful, but consequential manner. This process and these projects are challenging us as artists. A lot of growth is happening for us right now and we are excited.

What artists influence you?

This is a tricky question, because although we know about a lot of different artists, we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about them. If we had to pick our top three artistic influences though, they would be Miranda July, Augusto Boal, and Sonia Delaunay. But most of the people that influence us are not artists. They are Mia’s grandma, Eric’s grandma, and Eric’s great aunt. We’ve written about the role of these women in our lives in other places. These women have really shaped our thinking. They have strong politics or ways of living in the world that are inspiring to us. Our pals matter a lot too. None of our artist friends make work that looks like anybody else’s, but it is the camaraderie we have with these rad dudes that influence how we work and interact with people when doing social engagement projects. We also read a lot of books about cities, cultural geography, ethnography, and performance.

What other projects are you working on?

We are taking a project called Hunter, Gatherer, Purveyor to Toronto in June as part of the Luminato Festival. Basically we walk around three different neighbourhoods for a couple of weeks and collect weeds, flowers, roots, and bark from the plants that we find. We use the vegetation to flavour popsicles. The argument we are making is that you can taste the difference between communities: what does a rich community taste like v.s. a working class neighbourhood. We love this project because we get to talk to so many different people, to explore communities, to feel uncomfortable, trespass in peoples yards, and generally ask hard questions about a city and its geography.

When can Calgary skateboarders expect to see your work at the skateparks?

Millennium Park Cleanup Photos

Thanks to everyone who came to the Millennium Park cleanup. Special thanks to Ward 8 Councillor Evan Woolley for bringing coffee, donuts, and hot chocolate. Photos courtesy of Woolley’s Facebook Page:

Millennium Skatepark Clean Up – April 11th

Come join us on Saturday, April 11th as we clean up Millennium skatepark! Bring a broom and dustpan if you can. Work gloves are recommended. We will have some TLC Kits on hand from City of Calgary Parks.
If you’re skating Millennium that day, please be courteous to those who are cleaning up and give them some space.
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City of Calgary Mobile Skatepark Schedule

Mobile-skateboard-park-305The City of Calgary has released the schedule for the Mobile Skatepark Program. Hours are as follows:

May 2-June 28
Sat-Sun 10AM-6PM

June 29-August 6
M-F 11AM-6PM
Sat-Sun 10AM-6PM

September 2-26

May 2 – May 28 Murray Copot Arena (Indoor Rink)
6727 Centre Street NW

June 1 – 14 Marlborough Community Association (Parking Lot)
6021 Madigan Dr. NE

June 2 – 14 Southwood Community Association (Outdoor rink)
11 Sackview Drive SW

June 15 – 28 Beddington Heights Community Association (Outdoor rink)
375 Bermuda Drive NW

June 16 – 28 Millican Ogden Community Association (Parking Lot)
2020 69 Avenue SE

June 26 – July 12 Silvers Springs Community Association (Outdoor Rink)
5720 Silver Ridge Dr. NW

June 27 – July 20 Discovery Ridge Community Association (Outdoor Rink)
160 Discovery Ridge Blvd SW

June 30 – July 30 Braeside Community Association (Outdoor Rink)
11024 Braeside Dr. SW

July 2 – 19 Vivo for Healthier Generations – formerly Cardel Place (East Parking Lot)
11950 Country Village Link NE

July 14 – 29 Applewood Community Association (Outdoor Rink)
899 Applewood Dr. SE

July 21 – August 6 Edgemont Community Association (Outdoor Rink)
John Laurie Blvd. & Edgemont Dr. NW

July 22 – August 5 Valley Ridge Community Association (Outdoor Rink)
170 Valley Meadow Cl. NW

July 31 – August 23 Village Square Leisure Centre (Inside Arena #1)
2623 56 St. NE

August 1 – 12 Canyon Meadows Community Association (Outdoor Rink)
844 Cantabrian Dr. SW

August 7 – 25 Genesis Centre of Community Wellness (Parking Lot)
7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE

August 8 – 24 Hidden Valley Community Association (Outdoor Rink)
150508 Hidden Valley Dr. NW

August 14 – 26 McKenzie Lake Community Association (Outdoor Rink)
16198 McKenzie Lake Way SE

August 31 – September 11 Elbow Park Residents Association (Basketball Courts)
800 34 Avenue SW

September 14 – 25 Sandstone MacEwan Community (Outdoor Rink)
355 Sandarac Drive NW

Skateboard Strategy Update

In Fall 2014 we told you that the first three parks in the strategy were put on hold due to budget concerns.
We’re now well into 2015 and we have an update for you. The request for tender (RFT) for the CKE park is imminent; the City is telling us it will be out the week of March 23rd.

Once issued, the RFT will remain open for three weeks. After closing, the lowest bidder will be announced and construction will begin shortly after.

After construction pricing is established with CKE, the City will have a better idea of how much the other seven parks will cost and proceed accordingly with Southwood and Huntington Hills. Remember, the first eight parks had $4 million set aside for design and construction.

We will be skating fresh skatepark concrete later this summer.

CKE 3D Concept

CKE 3D Concept

100% Skate Club — Ladies Only Skateboarding

CASE’s own Erica Jacobs has started 100% Skate Club, an all-girls skateboarding club. They plan to meet twice a month for sessions. Check out their Facebook Page and article in Metro Calgary for more information.

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