The City of Calgary has awarded the construction for “skatepark sites 5 and 6” (Deer Run and Midnapore). The same team responsible for the construction of New Brighton skatepark will be working on these: Wilco Construction with Transition Construction and Radius Construction. These guys have a lot of experience building quality skateparks so this is good news! It’s likely these three parks will be the best-built to date.
Our City contacts have let us know that construction will start later this season; at least one of these new parks will be completed in 2016. New Brighton is on track to be done within the next few weeks. Calgary skateboarders will have more new concrete parks very soon!
We’re happy to say that, on June 20th, city council passed updates to the bylaw which will allow ramps that are 6 meters long by 5 meters wide by 1.5 meters high (or smaller) on private property.
The bylaw isn’t finalized yet. City staff still need to do some consultation on the wording of the new bylaw. This will likely be completed this fall. We’ll keep you updated.
Read more about it in the Calgary Herald.
We’re extremely grateful for Councillor Woolley’s support on this. He’s one of the forward thinking politicians on council who has supported skateboarding since he got into office. Give him a high five or buy him a beer if you see him!
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.
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!
We were present at a meeting between 10 year old student, Jett, his mom, and Ward 8 Councillor Woolley. Jett is passionate about skateboarding and has done a lot of research on indoor skateparks.
With all the new outdoor skateparks being developed, we’re optimistic that the need for an indoor skatepark will be addressed. The Skateboard Amenities Strategy recommends an indoor skatepark for the city:
“Find a suitable location for one or more indoor skateparks or wheeled sport facilities to comprise an area of at least 1,850 m2 (20,000 ft2). An indoor facility may be located in an existing building or be a purpose built facility that is clustered with a recreation centre. Indoor facilities should serve both skateboarders, bmx, inline skaters and provide a fitness track for roller skaters. See page 50.” (Skateboard Amenities Strategy, 2011, p. 9)
A couple of weeks we told you of Jason Huang’s crowdfunding efforts for an indoor skatepark. He’s put together a survey in order to learn more about what Calgary skaters might want in an indoor park. Please take a minute to complete it at this link.