A common criticism of skateboarding is that it’s noisy. Check out this report from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, who recorded noise levels in Cathedral Square with and without 6 skateboarders doing their thing. The noise levels were raised less than 3dB with 6 skaters. The max noise level measurement with the skateboarders was 66.8 dB. That’s “moderate to quiet” according to the threshold of hearing diagram below. Skateparks are even quieter, since the concrete is smooth and there are no gaps to make wheels click.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our AGM on May 1st. We reviewed our year and talked about what we plan on doing in the coming year.
The 2012 fiscal year was a good one for CASE and Calgary skateboarding. Here are some of the things we accomplished:
-consulted with City officials on Skateboard Amenities Strategy
-raised funds through benefit rock show at The Palomino
-increased web traffic and Facebook reach
-met with several communities who have an interest in skateparks
-worked with the City to find a work around for the ramp by-law
-conducted interviews with several media outlets including TV, print, and radio
-held Go Skateboarding Day events/contests
-cleaned up Millennium Park in our annual Spring Clean Up
-sponsored/helped out with contests at Millennium, Westside, and McKenzie Towne parks
-helped out with Boarding 4 ‘Betes event at Millennium park.
-skate art auction to raise funds
As a result of the hard work of city administration, officials, and CASE, an RFP (request for proposals) was issued by the city. The RFP asked for firms to submit proposals to implement the Skateboard Amenities Strategy.
“Scope of requirements for this project includes communication, site selection, concept planning, construction drawings, and construction tendering.”
The RFP closed on April 30th, 2013 and promises a pretty aggressive timeline:
-Selection of highest rated proponent: two (2) to three (3) weeks after close of RFP
-Kick off meeting: 2013 June
-Finalize Project Scope with project Team: 2013 June
-Site Selection for all sites: 2013 end of July
-Participatory Design Process: 2013 end of November
-Construction Drawings: 2014 January
*The City reserves the right to modify any of the dates noted above.
“The Skateboarding Amenities Strategy envisions the development of a network of fifty (50) outdoor skate parks across the city over the next ten (10) years. The total City of Calgary planning, design, development and construction budget for the first two (2) years of the Strategy is two million dollars ($2,000,000) in 2013 and two million dollars ($2,000,000) in 2014.”
Keep in mind that “fifty skateparks” is their vision. It may be more, it may be less. A more accurate figure to look at is the skatepark terrain square footage the Skateboard Amenities Strategy says Calgary is currently lacking by — 243,860 (P.70). The bottom line is we’ll have new skateparks by next year. Multiple parks. In different locations with varied terrain.
The City of Calgary has planned skateparks at these sites:
-Seton Regional Recreation Centre 18150 56 St SE (Neighbourhood Skatepark)
-North West Regional Recreation Centre 11300 Rocky Ridge Road NW (Community Skatepark)
The communities shown in the table below have expressed interest in having a skatepark in their area:
Another action item that has come up for CASE is the possibility of an indoor park. The City has put out an Expression of Interest for “DEVELOPING, PROMOTING AND OPERATING, AN ARTS, CULTURE AND/OR HERITAGE FACILITY”.
There is a city-owned building that will be usable by non-profit groups who are in line with the statement above. We’re hoping we’ll be able to convince the decision makers responsible that skateboarding is an arts/culture activity that would be suitable for use of this building.
Other stipulations include:
-Building would be leased from City at a nominal fee
-Operator will be responsible for all maintenance, taxes, and utilities
-Proposal due on June 4th
-Building has a large warehouse-type room with high ceilings, minimal support pillars
-Measures nearly 8,000 sqft
-Heated, well-lit, with washroom facilities
-Very close to Millennium Park
As you can see by the photo, a lot of people are looking to get in on this space. CASE is committed to submitting a full-detailed proposal for why this location would make an excellent indoor skatepark, which is badly needed in Calgary.
The City of Calgary, through Evolve Research & Consulting Inc., is conducting a survey to help The City understand the ways in which Calgarians use the natural environment areas on Paskapoo Slopes. The Paskapoo Slopes natural environment area includes portions of the undeveloped lands south of Bowness, between Canada Olympic Park and Patterson Heights, sloping from the top of the hill just north of Cougar Ridge, down to Sarcee Trail and the TransCanada Highway.
Although these lands are not officially a City park, and portions of the area are privately owned, many Calgary residents utilize these lands for extra-curricular activities such as walking, running, cycling etc.
It is important for Calgarians to provide their input through this survey, so that The City can take your needs into consideration for the long-term management of the City-owned portions of the Paskapoo Slopes area. Two surveys are available to be completed; one is based on individual use of the area, and a second survey is available to be completed by group leaders who organize group outings in the area. Please take a moment to confidentially share your usage habits and preferences in the 4-5 minute survey. Your input is valued and appreciated. Please submit prior to April 30th, 2013.
The surveys can be found at the below links.
The individual user survey is located here.
The group survey is located here.
For questions, or to complete the survey over the phone or in person, please call Autumn Rae, Evolve Research & Consulting Inc. at 403-481-5769
For the past several years, CASE has been working our collective butt off trying to get more skateparks built in our city. While we share everyone’s frustration that not 1 square foot of concrete has been poured yet, we are totally stoked at the prospects for new Calgary skateparks because we see huge progress down at City Hall. We know that the network of skateparks recommended in the Strategy has strong support from City Council and City Administration. The fear is that somewhere between the Strategy and pouring concrete, skateparks could get lost in the myriad of other needs Calgarians have. This is where you come in. The time has come for Calgarians who see the value of skateparks to really get things rolling.
If It Is To Be, It’s Up To Me
|If YOU want to see more skateparks in Calgary, you need to help make it happen. Right now, that means contacting your community association to say “we need a skatepark in our community”|
The enthusiasm and desire for new skateparks in Calgary has never been higher. A FaceBook Petition group had about 1500 supporters in only a few days. The enthusiasm is great, but enthusiasm needs to become action to make a difference. If YOU want to see more skateparks in Calgary, you need to help make it happen. Right now, that means contacting your community association to say “we need a skatepark in our community”. If enough skaters call your Community Association, they will approach the City about building a skatepark. The more Community Associations that approach the City, the better our chances are that Calgary will FINALLY see new skateparks opening soon across the city.
What Can I DO?
Skateboarding in Calgary needs adults and youth who recognize the need for skateparks in Calgary to:
- Identify the Community Association where you live (click here) and look up the contact information for the President
- Call the President and follow up with an email to express your enthusiasm for a skatepark in YOUR community. Be sure to:
- Be polite, be positive, and be respectful – earn respect for the skate community
- Not to demand, complain, or criticize – keep it positive to earn respect
- Not to knock other activities (hockey enthusiasts love their sport as much as you love skateboarding), keep the focus on the need for skateparks and the value for your community
- Give some good reasons for the skatepark, such as promoting active and healthy lifestyles, giving young people something to do in their free time, and providing skaters as safe place to skate
- Offer your help organizing, fundraising, or doing whatever else you can do
We are not entitled to more skateparks; we have to work for them like every other sports group has to do. In recent years the Calgary football community raised a lot of money to upgrade the fields they play on, skateboarders will have to do the same if they want more skateparks. The enthusiasm is great, but it is meaningless unless those who want more skateparks get involved and contribute whatever time, energy, expertise and money they can. Please contact your Community Association, and if you are really serious about seeing more skateparks in Calgary, you could even get involved with CASE. If Calgary is to finally have more skateparks, it is up to you. What can you do to contribute? What will you do to help? CASE hopes you’ll do all that you can.
Need help advocating for a skatepark in your community? Contact CASE and we’ll give you a hand.
Here is a good chance to demonstrate the need for both indoor and outdoor skateparks in Calgary. The Canadian Active After School Partnership (CAASP) wants to better understand how children and youth between 5 and 17 years of age spend their time after school from 3 – 6 pm. They need parents and care givers to complete a short survey that will be used to help plan after school programming in Calgary. Parents and caregivers can complete the survey here. Those who do may enter a draw for one of 3, $150 Sport Chek gift certificates.
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”?
We recently contacted City of Calgary aldermen and urged them to watch the video below, titled “Share Path”.
The simple fact is, we need more places to skate. Did you know that Calgary has the most extensive pathway network in North America? And skateboarding IS allowed on the pathways, provided all other rules are being followed.
Wouldn’t some little skate spots and skateable art pieces be a nice addition to the pathways?
Calgary-area skaters Brandon Curcio and Tyson Branston will be releasing their video, Initial Incident soon. They’re generously donating some of their profits to CASE. Watch the promo below and stay tuned for a full premiere: