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Calgary Skateboarding History in Swerve Magazine

Today’s edition of Swerve Magazine includes a great article about Calgary’s skateboarding history. It covers early skateparks, founding figures like Chuck Bell and John and Barry Hiebert, along with some general skateboarding information. Pick up Swerve in today’s Calgary Herald or click the image below to read:

Photo by Brent Mykytyshyn / Swerve

Photo by Brent Mykytyshyn / Swerve

Calgary Real Estate Listings Mentioning Skateparks

A quick search of realtor.ca reveals a number of listings mentioning skateparks as nearby amenities. It’s difficult to say skateparks have increased (or decreased) property values in Calgary, but you can’t argue that many believe it adds to their listing and makes their properties more attractive to prospective buyers. Thanks to realtor Dennis Hwang for providing stats and archived listings for us.

Here’s one in Southwood:

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Here’s another one in Huntington Hills:hhreal estate (640x523)

Editorial: Calgary Skateboarding 2015 Until Now

By Zev Klymochko, CASE Co-Chair

It’s been one year since the Edgemont Skatepark saga. It was in July 2015 that a group of vocal, albeit uninformed residents took over their community association board for the sole purpose of preventing the skatepark. A skatepark that had been approved by the previous board and the City. Their arguments ranged from “we didn’t know” to “it will decrease property values” and “increased traffic”. One of the most heinous lies they told people when they encouraged Edgemont residents to sign their anti-skatepark petition was that the soccer field would be displaced in favour of the skatepark.

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Maybe you followed what happened with the Edgemont Community Association shortly after that.

How far we’ve come in just one year. We now have three new skateparks: CKE skate spot, Huntington Hills, and Southwood. All the parks are being very well used and the city is in the midst of developing three more parks: New Brighton, Midnapore, and Deer Run. Another skatepark is slated for a yet-unannounced location in northeast Calgary.

Garth Philpott at Huntington Hills - photo by John R

Garth Philpott at Huntington Hills – photo by John R

New Brighton Skatepark construction

New Brighton Skatepark construction

Another big win for skateboarding in Calgary has been the abolition of the bylaw which makes ramps on private property illegal. Shortly before this the City seemed to simply do away with the bylaw prohibiting ramps on streets.

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The City’s recreation department is expanding and upgrading the current mobile skatepark program. This comes as a bit of a pleasant surprise, considering there will be a skatepark in every city quadrant by the end of 2016.

We had Kyle Conway’s viral video, “So Stoked My Dudes”, which garnered international media attention.

Kyle Conway on CTV

Kyle Conway on CTV

Not specifically Calgary-related, but skateboarding will now be in the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. No matter what your opinion is on skateboarding in the Olympics, you can’t deny that it will thrust skateboarding into the limelight even more. And Calgary is likely a prime training ground for Olympic skaters.

Calgary is really a great place to skate. Hopefully we can help make it even better. As always, we welcome your suggestions.

 

Ramp at Folk Fest

The Calgary Folk Music Festival will have a mini-ramp set up onsite this year! And we will have an information booth right next to it. Come say hi this weekend. The ramp is free to skate with a festival pass or ticket. Helmets required and BYOB.

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Deer Run and Midnapore Skateparks Update

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!

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Deer Run Skatepark concept

Deer Run Skatepark concept

Midnapore Skatepark concept

Midnapore Skatepark concept

Have a Great Summer!

We’ll be taking the summer off board meetings to– what else?– skate! We’ll still be updating the site with any info related to Calgary skateboarding. Feel free to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter too.

Have a great summer and feel free to join us at our regular monthly board meetings (second Wednesday of each month) when they start back up in September.

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“So Stoked, My Dudes”

Unless you’ve been living/skating under a rock for the past two weeks, you’re probably aware of Calgary skater Kyle Conway‘s now-legendary appearance on CTV news. When asked by reporter Jamie Mauracher what he thought of the change to the bylaw that will now allow ramps on private property, he replied, “I’m so stoked, my dudes”, gave a quick dab and a “skurr” and skated out of the frame. All this after boardsliding the big rail at Southwood Skatepark!

 

It’s gone viral. In the past couple of days the clip has been featured on Metro Skateboarding, GawkerVice, Huffington Post, Mashable, Esquire, and the list goes on. Councillor Woolley tweeted about it. It’s even been remixed into a really bad trap song:

The reporter has been a good sport about what has become the meme of the moment. We asked Jamie about it and she said, “I’m surprised it took off. I just made him promise to answer my question and not swear”.

We got in touch with Kyle to learn more about him, his skating, and what’s happened since the clip went viral:

What’s the deal with the video? It was live, so did you plan what you were going to do with the reporter?
So, pretty much the reporter told me to just do the trick and then stop and come up beside her and just say I’m stoked, but my friend Connor gave me the glasses to use and said it would be funny so I wore them.
Did you think it would get big?
No I didn’t think it would get big, but once Metro posted I was really surprised haha.
What area do you live in? Do you skate Southwood a lot?
I live in Cedarbrae in the Southwest, and yeah I’m pretty much at Southwood every day.
How long have you been skating for?
I’ve been skating for about seven years now.
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Photo by John Rajic

How many Instagram followers have you gained?
I think I gained about 2000. I had 1400 before or something like that.

Did you get the idea from the “It’s Wednesday my dudes” video? 
Yeah, I got the idea from the “It’s Wednesday my dudes” Vine clip.

Do you think a lot more people will build ramps at their homes? Any shout outs, thanks, or anything to add?

I hope more people will be building backyards ramps, and I’d love to sesh some of them! And shout out to my dudes.

Changes to City of Calgary Ramp Bylaw

Last year, we aided Councillor Evan Woolley in writing a notice of motion to change the outdated ramp bylaw which prohibited ramps on private property.

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.

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You can see how each councillor voted here. View the statistics of what citizens of Calgary thought from City of Calgary Engage studies here.

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.

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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!evan_woolley

Southwood Skatepark Grand Opening – June 4

The grand opening of Southwood Skatepark will take place at the community’s annual Rhubarb Fest, on Saturday, June 4. Things get going at 11AM!

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adidas “Away Days” Video Premiere – May 28th

Watch local adidas rider Kevin Lowry and his fellow teammates in the new video “Away Days”, premiering Saturday, May 28th at The Plaza Theatre. This event is free and open to all ages.

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