The folks at Westside let us know that the ramp will be undergoing some repairs. Here’s what they told us:
A common criticism of skateboarding is that it’s noisy. Check out this report from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, who recorded noise levels in Cathedral Square with and without 6 skateboarders doing their thing. The noise levels were raised less than 3dB with 6 skaters. The max noise level measurement with the skateboarders was 66.8 dB. That’s “moderate to quiet” according to the threshold of hearing diagram below. Skateparks are even quieter, since the concrete is smooth and there are no gaps to make wheels click.
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.
Southview Alliance Church (SAC) Skate Park will be open this year from May 8 to August 28 every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It features a 4 foot mini-ramp, quarter pipe, ledge, manny pads, flat bars, and a pyramid with a hubba. There will also be a BBQ and snack stand. The park is located at 1436 James McKevitt Road SW. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 — the money will be spent repairing and rebuilding ramps this summer.
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.”