There are now a handful of DIY skate spots in Calgary. DIY stands for “do it yourself”. That means that individuals or groups of individuals have used their own time and resources to design and build these skateparks.
Skaters at these DIY parks adhere to a specific set of rules and often self-police them with tenacity that comes from pride– pride from pouring their hearts and souls into these parks. And it a many cases, a lot of funds.
Rules at Burnside, for example, include no scooters, no bike pegs, and no drugs or alcohol. It comes down to respect. If you respect the builders and the park, you’ll be allowed to skate there. If you disrespect it, chances are you will be very unwelcome by the locals and likely banned.
The function of “harsh locals” is two-fold– they keep out riff raff like drug users and others who seek out places to engage in illicit behaviours. They also ensure that no one is disrespecting their park. And make no mistake– it is their park. They built it so they get to say who uses it. Think of it as their house.
These rules aren’t that different from the sanctioned skateparks we have. PLEASE respect our parks, both DIY and legit. Don’t litter, don’t loiter, don’t snake, and just treat people how you would like to be treated. Offer help– chances are it will be accepted. Who knows, maybe you’ll become a local one day.
One of Calgary’s new skateparks, Southwood, has some unfortunate damage to the “clamshell” section of the bowl. Be very cautious when skating this area as the cracks are large enough to halt a wheel or grind.
We’ve been in contact with the city and hope they address this issue quickly. Southwood Skatepark was opened in the spring of 2016.
UPDATE: Midnapore Skate Spot is opening soon! City officials have told us the park is not quite ready to open yet. It’s located behind the Mid Sun Community Centre and Midnapore School, at the corner of Midlake Blvd SE and Midpark Rise SE. Get some at the newest skatepark in Calgary! Photos courtesy of Mid Sun Community Association.
Today’s edition of Swerve Magazine includes a great article about Calgary’s skateboarding history. It covers early skateparks, founding figures like Chuck Bell and John and Barry Hiebert, along with some general skateboarding information. Pick up Swerve in today’s Calgary Herald or click the image below to read:
Have you been waiting for a real competition that will showcase your athletic prowess on a skateboard? 100 yard mongo dash and hippie jump hurdles are just two of of the events at Skateletics, presented by The Source and Timebomb Trading at Southwood on October 1st. Click below for the Facebook event info.
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