The City of Calgary selects sites for skateparks
April 23, 2014 01:30 PM Categories: Recreation & Leisure
Calgary, AB – Working with Calgarians, The City of Calgary has selected eight sites for new skateparks as part of the Skateboard Amenities Strategy. In 2014, the first three skateparks to be built will be in the following Calgary communities:
Chinook Park Kelvin Grove/Eagle Ridge(CKE) (skate spot)
Huntington Hills (neighbourhood skatepark)
Southwood (neighbourhood skatepark)
“We have been working closely with the Calgary Association of Skateboarding Enthusiasts, or CASE, for many years developing the Skateboard Amenities Strategy and earlier this year we held open houses to gather feedback from skateboard enthusiasts and the general public,” says Greg Steinraths, Manager of Sport and Partnership Development, Recreation. “The feedback we got was amazing and with this input we are happy to be moving forward on the eight new parks.”
The first three locations to be built demonstrate the two different types of skateparks that can be developed: a skate spot (150 – 600 m2 or about half a basketball court size) and a neighbourhood skatepark (600 – 1200 m2 or around the size of a tennis court).
“CASE is very happy to see the three skateparks going ahead. We are thrilled that it is all finally coming together,” says Zev Klymochko, CASE spokesperson.
Next, The City will engage skatepark supporters and Calgarians in a participatory design process for the first three skateparks. This process will give attendees more information about the development and invite input into design ideas and priorities. Anyone interested in getting involved is invited to attend on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the former Centennial Planetarium, 701 11th St. S.W.
For more information on skateparks, and opportunities to get involved, visit calgary.ca/recreationprojects
Thanks to everyone who cleaned up Millennium Skatepark on Saturday. We were able to get a lot of the garbage out of there and chip away most of the ice and snow. The drains are working and the snow is melting so the park should be totally clear very soon!
Special thanks to John Rajic for the photos and to Councillor Evan Woolley for helping out too.
CASE submitted a proposal for the Expression of Interest in “Developing, Promoting and Operating, an Arts, Culture and/or Heritage Facility” in the former Science Centre building.
Unfortunately, CASE was not successful in our bid. We proposed that a portion of this building would make an excellent skatepark, both with its actual layout and proximity to Millennium Park.
We’re keeping our eyes and ears open for potential indoor skatepark locations. It’s not an easy thing to accomplish, considering every indoor skatepark that has existed in Calgary is now closed. We’re also communicating with successful proponents of indoor skateparks in other Candian cities.
Thanks for your continued support!
CASE would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended the skatepark open houses as well as completed the PlaceSpeak Survey.
The open houses and the survey generated some great feedback. Now, that feedback is being analyzed by representatives from the City of Calgary as well as consultants van der Zalm & Associates and New Line Skateparks.
The City of Calgary Skatepark Development Project website does a great job of showcasing the ten potential neighbourhoods for skatepark sites in the city and we encourage you to visit the website. They are:
“The City of Calgary is seeking to commission an artist and/or artist team to participate in the first phase of implementation for the Skateboard Amenities Strategy. The selected artist(s) will consult and work with the design team (external consultants and City staff) to explore creative visioning for the overall park designs, determine the scope of possibilities for public art within the selected sites, and develop and implement a project plan based on those possibilities. Community-based and temporary public art initiatives are desired.”
Click this link to find out more. The deadline for submissions is February 24th.
Thanks to everyone who came out to last night’s skatepark open house at Cardel Theatre. It was the first of three, so please try to make it to one of the other open houses.
If you didn’t make it, these two news stories will give you a better idea of what you missed:
Metro News: (click photo for story):