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Jamie Thomas and Zero Skateboards Demo

Jamie Thomas and members of the Zero team will be at The Compound for a demo and BBQ on Sunday, September 17 at 5PM!

Besides Jamie Thomas, Tommy Sandoval, Chris Wimer, and JS Lapierre will be appearing.

Seeking Additional Board Members

We’re seeking to add to our board of directors!

If you’d like to get involved and help steer the direction of Calgary skateboarding, please e-mail us and let us know why you’d like to get involved and what you can contribute.

Bowness and Genesis Skatepark Construction Tender Cancelled (Again)

For any City of Calgary construction project over a $200,000, they use a  bid/tender system. That means they put out an RFT (request for tender) and solicit bids from interested companies.

You already know that the original tender for the construction of Bowness and Genesis centre skateparks was cancelled.

The City re-issued the tender and the results came in. Both bids must have been over budget again, as the tender was cancelled again.

For the record, the bids were:

Ellis Don: $1,804, 099.61
Wilco Southwest: $2,319,689.80

 

What happens next? We’ve been trying to figure that out.

We believe the issue is with the city’s tender process. They only allow pre-qualified contractors to bid. That means companies need to go through an application process prior to bidding.

Because skateparks are so specialized, many general contractors/construction companies have recognized that they aren’t equipped to build them. This is why they sub contract/hire out other companies who do have skatepark construction experience to bid with them.

The problem is, this results in higher prices because there is now a middleman marking up the prices. Not that there’s anything wrong with that– it happens all the time in the construction industry.

Issuing the tender late into construction season nearly always results in higher prices also.

There is one skatepark builder on the pre-qualified list (New Line Skateparks). Earlier Calgary skatepark tenders included language that didn’t allow them to bid as they were allowed in the design process, which may be why they did not submit a bid.

Skatepark construction in Canada is costing around $50-$60 per square foot for design and construction currently. Take Banff, for example. Their new park is about $1,000,000 for a little over 16,000 square feet. That’s $62 per square foot for design and build. Lethbridge too is getting a new park. Legacy Park skatepark will be about 15,000 square feet when complete at a cost of $840,000.

Together, Bowness and Genesis skateparks are about 16,000 square feet in size. The cost to build these should be well under $1,000,000 based on the about numbers in other Alberta cities.

The parks in Banff and Lethbridge were procured using a design/build process (request for proposals aka RFP), where the same company does both the design and construction. This works for skateparks a budget is set and the park is designed and built to that budget so it’s not possible to exceed that.

In the future, the City of Calgary should probably consider adopting an RFP process. If other cities in Alberta can figure skateparks out, Calgary should be able to as well. We shouldn’t be paying DOUBLE.

 

Carrington Skate Spot

It’s exciting that the new community of Carrington in Calgary’s northwest will become the first new community in the city to include a skatepark or skate spot.

These images were early representations of the design and the skate spot may look different when it’s complete. The concept proposes ledges, some stairs, and banks– a nice mellow skate spot.It’s scheduled to be complete by the end of September. It’s important to know that this park is being built by a community developer and is not included in the Skateboard Amenities Strategy.

Skatefest Competition at Westside August 12

If you’re 17 or under, you should check out the Skatefest competition at Westside Rec on August 12. It’s free to compete/attend and there will be a lot of prizes!

Skateboard Strategy Update

From the Skateboard Amenities Strategy:

“Currently, The City of Calgary is in need of additional skateboarding area to meet the needs of the skateboarding population. It is recommended that the City develop an additional 243,860 sqft to meet the needs of the current skateboarding population. To meet projected needs of the skateboarding population over the next 10 years, it is estimated that a total of 277,607 sqft be constructed.”

The above image shows the size of the parks built in 2015 and 2016 in square feet. The total is about 50,000. That means we still have a lot more skatepark terrain to go, if we’re sticking with the recommendations of the Strategy.

Click below to read it if you haven’t yet.

 

UPDATE: Millennium Park Lasers

Millennium Park Lasers

Last week we told you about the lasers at Millennium Park. CBC spoke with a City of Calgary official who says they won’t be able to use the lasers anymore.

Read the CBC article here.

Listen to the CBC audio here.

Go Skateboarding Day 2017

Join us at Millennium Park between 4-6pm on June 21 for a free Go Skateboarding Day celebration!

 

Millennium Park Lasers

Did you know that Calgary’s Millennium Park skatepark has lasers? From the Laserist.org website:

Laser Fantasy International has completed work on Canada’s first permanent outdoor laser display. Located at the new Millennium Park in Calgary, the display features 24 separate beams that radiate like spokes on a wheel from the top of a 35-foot tower”

And from CanadianArchitect.com:

“The design features a spiral ramp surrounded by 24 columns, which deflect 24 beams generated in the centre of the scheme by two high intensity lasers to produce a 300-metre high tower of light. This installation is the first permanent outdoor laser display in Canada and its construction required approval from civil aviation authorities. The result is a spectacular combination of laser technology and architecture.”

Millennium Park Lasers

CASE has been communicating with the City of Calgary Parks department in an effort to get the lasers turned on for a special occasion. Stay tuned for updates!

What Flamingo Girls’ Skateboarding Tour

The ladies from 100% Skate Club are collaborating with artists Eric and Mia for “What Flamingo”, an all girls city-wide skate tour and collection of events.

Beginning on June 21 (Go Skateboarding Day), the ladies will tour Calgary skateparks, host a photo workshop, and premiere a skate video.

Follow 100% Skate Club on Facebook and watch Eric and Mia’s website for updates.

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