Global News reports that the City is putting in place measures to keep people from skating the benches, banked hip, and other obstacles at the corner of 10th St and Memorial Dr NW. It appears they’re installing strategically placed planters as well as cameras in an effort to curb skateboarding, BMX, and mountain biking at the spot.
Bylaw officers have threatened to ticket offenders to the tune of $200.
It is an amazing skate spot and obviously no one skating there is intending to disrespect the site or the people it memorializes. The fact that it has seen such heavy use is a testament to the fact that Calgary skateboarders are starved for new facilities. It goes to show that we don’t need a giant concrete skatepark to have fun; as the Skateboard Amenities Strategy dictates, numerous small “skate spots” are planned.
This is big news. The City of Calgary has put out a request for proposals to put the Skateboard Amenities Strategy into action. That means that the City will choose a company to choose locations and design skateparks! Read more from the actual request below:
“The City of Calgary, Recreation is seeking an engineering or architectural consulting firm that has extensive experience with planning and designing a range of skate parks to assist in the implementation of the Skateboarding Amenities Strategy. Scope of requirements for this project includes communication, site selection, concept planning, construction drawings, and construction tendering.”
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
1. Ryan Spate
2. Dylan Dillz
3. Marek Stefan
Thanks to John Rajic for the photos.