2 Hour drive to skate on Saturday a weekly routine

Calgary skater at Incline

Calgary skater, Austin J, at Incline
Photo: Claudio C

It’s 11:30 Saturday morning at the Incline Indoor Skate & BMX park in Sylvan Lake when a car full of skaters pulls into the parking lot.  A willing mother has just driven six 13-16 year olds from Calgary so they could skate for the day.  Getting up early and hitting the highway is routine for these passionate skaters, who recruit a driver and make the two-hour trip almost every Saturday.

What would it mean for this Calgary crew if there were an indoor park in Calgary?  “We’d save time (from the traveling), it would be more practical, and keep us fit in the winter” said Claudio aged 14.  13-year-old Austin said that an indoor park would, “keep us out of trouble, not skating in malls and the +15.” Ashton (15) agreed saying, “we wouldn’t get in trouble skating where not allowed.  Cochrane local Brandon (13) would really appreciate, “being able to skate year round, when we want.”  Claudio and Ashton both agreed that without Incline they’d be sleeping in, watching TV, playing video games, and generally being lazy if it weren’t for Incline.  At 16, Ryan sums it all up, saying, “Bring The Source back!”

This carload of Calgary skaters was not the only ones to make the trip this frosty December day.  Like other highway 2 travelers, they agree that Calgary really needs an indoor skatepark.  After chatting with them and watching them enjoy a day in the skatepark, I have to wonder how many hundreds of Calgary youth would be having fun, staying fit, staying out of trouble, and not sitting glued to the TV during our long, cold winter if Calgary had it’s own “Incline”?

 

 

Another incline shot

Calgary skater, Austin J, at Incline
Photo: Claudio C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another incline shot

Calgary skater, Austin J, at Incline
Photo: Claudio C

2 Responses to 2 Hour drive to skate on Saturday a weekly routine

  • greig.keith@yahoo.ca says:

    The hardest part about this journey is when you make it and the place is booked or loaded to the max. Specially for an older guy like me who takes a while to warm up. Need a bit of space. Don’t get me wrong, I do it and will continue to do so but an alternative, or multiple alternatives here in Calgary would be a blessing.

  • CASE Chair says:

    Agreed, and CASE hasn’t forgotten about the need for an indoor skatepark in Calgary, we are working toward them as part of the Skateboard Amenity Strategy. Progress is slow, but it’s coming.

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