Here are the locations and dates for the final weeks of the City of Calgary Mobile Skateparks for 2015:
August 31 – September 11
Elbow Park Residents Association (Basketball Courts)
800 34 Avenue SW
September 14 – 25
Sandstone MacEwan Community (Outdoor Rink)
355 Sandarac Drive NW
As you probably know, the first skateparks in a city-wide network of parks are being built. Many have expressed surprise due to the fact these parks are not being built by a specialty skatepark contractor, as many of the skateparks in towns around Calgary have been.
Some of our membership have even expressed worry regarding things like the finish, coping, transition radii, and other such details which are crucial to a successful modern skatepark. CASE has been working closely with the skatepark designer and consultant, Van der Zalm & Associates to ensure these parks are to specification, as outlined in the designs.
“Van der Zalm & Associates understands the exacting nature of skate terrain and will be working with the contractor to ensure the quality finish, and shaping expectations are met. We have a comprehensive drawing package and related specifications for concrete and have made the contractor aware of how we will be inspecting the project. We understand the concern about a skatepark contractor without a strong record in skatepark construction. We have voiced this concern to all parties involved and have been transparent about how we will approach the review of concrete work. VDZ+A will have senior staff with skateboard park construction review experience on site and will be requiring test panels for transition work to be constructed for review and approval before actual work begins within the bowl.”
Principal Landscape Architect
Three “phase 1” skateparks are now under construction.
Work on CKE Skatepark began in early June and is anticipated to be completed in September.
Ground was broken at both Southwood and Huntington Hills earlier this week. Both are scheduled to be finished later this year.
The City of Calgary’s website has more information on these and the other parks scheduled to be built in the near future.
Metro News did a story and here’s video from CTV news about the new parks:
What’s your full name?
Dylan Cole Righthand.
Where were you born?
How old are you?
How did you get the nickname Millz Dillz?
Always being at the skatepark and it rhymes.
How often do you skate at Millennium these days?
As much as possible.
Where else do you skate?
Everywhere, lately I’ve been in Vancouver and filming a lot.
Who do you skate with?
Everyone. I don’t really skate with one posse.
You’re known for some unorthodox tricks. What’s your favourite?
Tailslide half-side (backwards ski stance).
What’s your favourite skatepark?
Do you film at all? Is the footage being used for anything?
Yes I do film and the footage is being used for friends videos and hasn’t been released on the internet yet.
Summer plans or trips?
Travel as much as I can, hopefully moving out to Vancouver for the summer if things work out.
Shoutouts to all the homies.
Keep up with Dillz on Instagram: www.instagram.com/dillzzz/
It appears the saga that has become the Edgemont Skatepark is at an end.
The previous decision to re-visit the skatepark discussion in the fall was overturned soon after the community association’s annual general meeting. The newly elected Edgemont Community Association board has passed a motion permanently killing the idea of a skatepark in John Laurie Park. They’ve also stipulated that there be a three year “cooling off” period before discussion of another location for a skatepark in Edgemont.
There’s nothing we can do to change this, barring the Edgemont Community Association suddenly changing their mind. You could respectfully reach out to them and let them know why their decision to stop the skatepark is wrong. You could also contact Councillor Sean Chu, who stood by the residents against the skatepark.
The City of Calgary Mobile skatepark will be in Edgemont from July 21-August 6.
Last week, the Calgary Herald Editorial Board published an opinion piece titled, “Don’t Ramp it Up”, which grossly attacked skateboarding and made some extremely poor comparisons. It echoed their previous crack at skateboarding and skateparks, “Edgemont Skateboard Park Would Be Hell On Wheels”.
The CASE board sent a response directly to the Calgary Herald. To date, they have not printed it, nor have they acknowledged it. Here it is in its entirety:
Not every Calgarian is going to quietly sip Chardonnay in their backyard on a warm summer’s night. Your editorial suggests that kids and teenagers should stay inside. To compare the ramp bylaw to not allowing chicken farming within city limits is by far the furthest anyone has ever reached to disparage skateboarding in the decades that skateboarding has been around. Your issue is with the serenity of the back yard experience. Maybe you should consider living in the countryside – hopefully in an area where there is a bylaw that makes sure cows don’t moo after dark. Cars, motorcycles, residential construction, air conditioners, trampolines, airplanes, family get togethers– you name it, are noisy and what occurs in living in a city.
Simply put, no other city in North America has a ramp bylaw. Noise bylaws and other resources available to the citizens of Calgary are robust enough to restrict the issues noted in your editorial. Those same bylaws are used to make those teens you refer to, not play on their trampoline after 10:30 pm.
Based on most of the articles written by your staff, including those regarding the Edgemont Skatepark, there is clearly a negative bias to skateboarding at the Calgary Herald. It seems to be that regardless of the issue, skateboarding is the scapegoat. In one of the Herald’s opinion pieces skateboarding was compared to Chinese water torture. Studies regarding noise pollution are cited but there is no reference to studies on how today’s youth do not get as much physical activity as they should. A 2015 ParticipACTION report states that only 9% of youths aged 5 – 17 get the recommended amount of physical activity per day with skateboarding referenced in the report. For an editor of a large newspaper to weigh in and compare skate boarding to back yard chicken farming reinforces this bias. One would hope that as an editor you would have a more reasoned and fair minded approach to your comments.
There are a great deal of positive outcomes to allowing kids (and adults) to play. The City of Calgary is not only unique in having a ramp bylaw, they are very forward thinking about recreation and its benefit to Calgarians. The City’s Skateboard Amenities Strategy and the support of the City’s administration and Council of this sport and all others is tremendous. Comments like yours continue to reinforce a negative sentiment to skateboarding and are not appreciated.