The City of Calgary has awarded the construction for “skatepark sites 5 and 6” (Deer Run and Midnapore). The same team responsible for the construction of New Brighton skatepark will be working on these: Wilco Construction with Transition Construction and Radius Construction. These guys have a lot of experience building quality skateparks so this is good news! It’s likely these three parks will be the best-built to date.
Our City contacts have let us know that construction will start later this season; at least one of these new parks will be completed in 2016. New Brighton is on track to be done within the next few weeks. Calgary skateboarders will have more new concrete parks very soon!
Unless you’ve been living/skating under a rock for the past two weeks, you’re probably aware of Calgary skater Kyle Conway‘s now-legendary appearance on CTV news. When asked by reporter Jamie Mauracher what he thought of the change to the bylaw that will now allow ramps on private property, he replied, “I’m so stoked, my dudes”, gave a quick dab and a “skurr” and skated out of the frame. All this after boardsliding the big rail at Southwood Skatepark!
It’s gone viral. In the past couple of days the clip has been featured on Metro Skateboarding, Gawker, Vice, Huffington Post, Mashable, Esquire, and the list goes on. Councillor Woolley tweeted about it. It’s even been remixed into a really bad trap song:
The reporter has been a good sport about what has become the meme of the moment. We asked Jamie about it and she said, “I’m surprised it took off. I just made him promise to answer my question and not swear”.
We got in touch with Kyle to learn more about him, his skating, and what’s happened since the clip went viral:
Did you get the idea from the “It’s Wednesday my dudes” video?
Yeah, I got the idea from the “It’s Wednesday my dudes” Vine clip.
Do you think a lot more people will build ramps at their homes? Any shout outs, thanks, or anything to add?
The New Brighton park is looking good! Concrete will be poured next week!
If the weather is bad, go check out the City of Calgary Mobile Skateparks at Ernie Starr Arena or Murray Copot Arena (next to Huntington Hills Skatepark). Click the photo below for hours of operation. Helmets are required but there is no cost.
The Compound is another option for an indoor park. Click on their logo below for info:
Thanks to everyone who attended our annual general meeting last week. Special thanks to John Hiebert from Festival Hall for allowing us to use the space, as well as Councillors Pincott and Woolley for attending and continued support.
Here’s the presentation, if you missed it:
Notice of Annual General Meeting
7 PM, Thursday May 12, 2016
1215 10 Ave SE
The CASE board would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting. This year it will take place on Thursday, May 12 at Festival Hall, 1215 10 Ave SE at 7:00PM.
It’s important that you join us for the meeting. The past year was an important one for Calgary skateboarding and the coming year will no doubt be important too. We want feedback from you—
Where do you see CASE going? What would you like to see from CASE? How did we do over the past year?
Come out to hear about new skateparks planned for 2016-2017, events, and a few other things we have in mind.
Please use the Facebook event page to RSVP.
According to the City of Calgary Skatepark website, both Southwood and Huntington Hills skateparks will be closed from May 2-18 for landscaping:
“This park will be closed to the public from May 2 – May 18 due to landscaping. We appreciate your patience while these skateparks receive ‘final touches’.”
Please respect these temporary closures so that landscape workers can complete their work according to schedule.