After the 2013 flood, Millennium’s hours were changed to “regional park hours” (5AM-11PM). CASE lobbied to have the hours returned to normal (open 24 hours) and was successful, at least for a temporary basis until more stakeholder engagement could be done.
We’re happy to report that the engagement is complete and the City has declared Millennium Park a 24 hour skatepark once again. Note that the skatepark is open 24 hours a day but the rest of the park (greenspace, stage area) will operate under regional park hours.
Recently, Metro News published an article about the planned Edgemont Skatepark. Although designs for this park have not yet been unveiled, a group of misinformed Edgemont residents is calling the future park an “eye sore”.
Chances are, you probably know what a modern skatepark looks like. Look at Chinook Winds Skatepark in Airdrie, or any of the others in smaller centres near Calgary.
CASE has faith in City of Calgary Recreation that they would never allow a park to be built that would be considered an “eye sore”. One of the skateparks that is referenced in the Skateboard Amenities Strategy is The Plaza at The Forks in Winnipeg, MB. Although taste in design is subjective, it would be difficult to find anyone who calls it an eyesore. This claim is supported by the recent completion of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which is located right next to the skatepark.
CASE board members have reached out to City of Calgary Parks regarding the damage/wear to Millennium Park. We’ve combed the park and photographed the damaged areas and sent on to our City Parks contact. We’ll also be meeting with them in person to come up with some recommendations to make this skatepark safer for everyone.
Winter is here and, although there hasn’t been much snow yet, it’s definitely cold outside. That means another skateboarding season has come to an end. Calgary still has no indoor skatepark.
The only public option, currently, is “Skatelife” on Tuesday nights at Dalhousie Community Church. Click the image below for more info: