Calgary maps out strategy for more skateboard parks

City staff will forge ahead with developing a skateboarding strategy because facilities for the sport have fallen well behind demand.

Officials will have almost a year to complete the plan, with a recent report suggesting the number of skateboarding enthusiasts in the city numbers in the tens of thousands.

Right now, there are just three skate parks in Calgary, a far cry from the nine — including two indoor facilities — in Edmonton.

The effort to develop a strategy is good news to one skateboarder. Trevor Morgan, with the Calgary Association of Skateboarding Enthusiasts, envisions regional skate park hubs in the city, with smaller parks scattered around.

“These youth just want to be active, that’s the bottom line,” he said. “And if we give them the right venue to do that, and integrate it in the right way, and make sure the public understands it, then you get a really successful space where youth interact with everyone else.”
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