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Traumatized Youth Treated by Using Skatepark

You may know that an outdoor concrete skatepark was built at a private youth facility in Calgary. The facility treats traumatized youth and has been in operation for over 50 years.

The skatepark was built about two years ago but all of its benefits were not known until now. They have found that using the skatepark is allowing these traumatized youths to heal more quickly. Watch the trailer below to learn more.

There is an online fundraising auction to raise money so the film can be completed in 2018. Please bid to support this groundbreaking project.

Calgary Skater Olara Obina Fatally Shot

Olara Obina was a Calgary skateboarding legend. As a member of the Skaters team, he stood out for his talent on a skateboard.

Those who knew him remember him as much for his overwhelmingly positive attitude and smile as for his sick skating. He will be missed by many.

Unfortunately, he was fatally shot over the weekend in the neighbourhood of Ranchlands. Read more here: CBC, CTV, Calgary Sun. To date, police have not arrested any suspects.

There is a Gofundme page set up to raise funds to help his family ease the burden. His obituary is here and funeral is on  Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Foothills Alliance Church.

Watch his part in Rob Thorpe’s Stay Down (shared with Ryan Curry and Darren Bjarneson). It starts 13:20 in.

This is an awesome tribute montage from Rob Trendiak:

 

Carrington Skate Spot

The Carrington skate spot is now open. It’s located at the corner of 14 St. NW and Symons Valley Parkway. It’s a plaza-style skate spot with two quarter pipes, plenty of ledges, some stairs, and a central volcano. It’s free and open to the public.

It was created by Mattamy homes as part of the development of the community of Carrington. Designed by New Line Skateparks and built by Transition Construction.

2017 Municipal Election Candidate Questionnaire Results

Last week, we sent a short questionnaire to all candidates running in the Calgary 2017 Municipal Election.

Remember, the election is on October 16th but you can vote early from October 4-11. We encourage you to learn about the candidates running in your ward. Vote for whoever you think will do a good job and represent your vision for the city.

Click below to learn how the candidates responded to our questionnaire. They’re sorted by Mayor or Councillor and then by ward. If you’re not sure what ward you live in, click here. If a candidate is not listed, they did not yet complete our questionnaire. We’ll be updating it daily as more responses come in until election day.

 

Mayor
Councillor – Ward 1  Councillor – Ward 8
Councillor – Ward 2 Councillor – Ward 9 
Councillor – Ward 3 Councillor – Ward 10 
Councillor – Ward 4 Councillor – Ward 11 
Councillor – Ward 5 Councillor – Ward 12
Councillor – Ward 6 Councillor – Ward 13
Councillor – Ward 7 Councillor – Ward 14

Municipal Election Candidate Questionnaire

Last week, we sent out a questionnaire to all candidates who are running for council and mayor. Here are the questions. We’ll post the results shortly.



Westside Skatepark Closing for Season

According to their Twitter feed, the skatepark at Westside Recreation Centre will be closing on Saturday, September 30:

Carrington Skate Spot Grand Opening

Carrington Skate Spot will be opening on Saturday, October 14th. Click the image for more event information.

Calgary Municipal Election – October 16

Calgary’s municipal election is coming up on October 16th. There’s also advanced voting– check that out here.

Our current council has done some pretty good stuff for skateboarding. Some of them, anyway. Remember, they vote on issues and majority wins. Here’s a list of positive skate-moves by city hall since 2013 (the last election):

We’ll have more information before the election that will keep you informed when it comes to how the candidates (incumbents and challengers) feel about skateboarding. We’ll also post the incumbents’ voting records on the above issues.

Here’s how the current council voted on the proposed update to the ramp bylaw:

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.

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