A few veteran Calgary skaters took it upon themselves to build their own spot not too long ago.
It’s referred to as “The Slab” and has half a dozen obstacles now. It’s been a great addition to the neighbourhood, not to mention the Calgary skate scene as a whole.
Kudos to the builders and caretakers of The Slab. Let’s hope everyone takes care of the spot so we can keep skating it for many years to come.
If you skated at The Source Indoor Skatepark or, more recently, the Airdrie skatepark, you may remember Mark Pezzi, a talented skater who was know for large airs, frontside flips, and exceptional ramp skating.
Mark tragically passed away a few weeks ago. Someone put together some old footage of him skating the Beasley skatepark in Hamilton, Ontario. Watch and remember Mark’s style and sense of humour:
The city and their consultant are looking for feedback in the development of Prairie Winds Park. In their initial engagement, a skatepark was identified as a resource currently lacking in the park. This is great news, since to date the City’s Skatepark Development project hasn’t recommended any skateparks in the northeast quadrant.
There is a public engagement session on Wednesday, October 29th from 6:30PM-8:30PM. The location is the Falconridge/Castleridge Community Association Hall (95 Falshire Dr NE).
The City has announced the next round of skatepark engagement sessions for the five more skateparks to be developed in 2015. They are:
-September 30, 2014 – Edgemont (Community Centre – 33 Edgevalley Circle NW)
-October 6, 2014 – Deer Run (Deer Run Community Centre – 2223 146 Avenue SE)
-October 7, 2014 – Midnapore (Midnapore Lake Residents’ Association Building – 185 Midlake Blvd SE)
-October 8, 2014 – New Brighton (Marquis de Lorne Community Centre – 6 Copperstone Way SE)
-October 22, 2014 – Bowness (Bowness Community Centre – 7904 – 43 Avenue NW)
(all times 7PM)
We’ve been patiently waiting for an update from the City regarding construction of the three new skateparks. The Skatepark Development Project website maintained that construction was to begin in August 2014.
Well, August has come and gone and we’ve already had a dusting of snow. Unfortunately, the three parks we were so looking forward to skating this year will not be built until 2015.
The City has informed us that the bids on the construction tender “exceeded the allotted budget”. The city will re-issue the tender in early 2015 and aim to increase the amount of competitive bids. They say they’re still on track for the development of eight skateparks in 2015, so that’s a plus.
We’ll keep you updated on any developments as planning will start for the other five skateparks soon.