Thanks to everyone who came out to our AGM on May 1st. We reviewed our year and talked about what we plan on doing in the coming year.
The 2012 fiscal year was a good one for CASE and Calgary skateboarding. Here are some of the things we accomplished:
-consulted with City officials on Skateboard Amenities Strategy
-raised funds through benefit rock show at The Palomino
-increased web traffic and Facebook reach
-met with several communities who have an interest in skateparks
-worked with the City to find a work around for the ramp by-law
-conducted interviews with several media outlets including TV, print, and radio
-held Go Skateboarding Day events/contests
-cleaned up Millennium Park in our annual Spring Clean Up
-sponsored/helped out with contests at Millennium, Westside, and McKenzie Towne parks
-helped out with Boarding 4 ‘Betes event at Millennium park.
-skate art auction to raise funds
As a result of the hard work of city administration, officials, and CASE, an RFP (request for proposals) was issued by the city. The RFP asked for firms to submit proposals to implement the Skateboard Amenities Strategy.
“Scope of requirements for this project includes communication, site selection, concept planning, construction drawings, and construction tendering.”
The RFP closed on April 30th, 2013 and promises a pretty aggressive timeline:
-Selection of highest rated proponent: two (2) to three (3) weeks after close of RFP
-Kick off meeting: 2013 June
-Finalize Project Scope with project Team: 2013 June
-Site Selection for all sites: 2013 end of July
-Participatory Design Process: 2013 end of November
-Construction Drawings: 2014 January
*The City reserves the right to modify any of the dates noted above.
“The Skateboarding Amenities Strategy envisions the development of a network of fifty (50) outdoor skate parks across the city over the next ten (10) years. The total City of Calgary planning, design, development and construction budget for the first two (2) years of the Strategy is two million dollars ($2,000,000) in 2013 and two million dollars ($2,000,000) in 2014.”
Keep in mind that “fifty skateparks” is their vision. It may be more, it may be less. A more accurate figure to look at is the skatepark terrain square footage the Skateboard Amenities Strategy says Calgary is currently lacking by — 243,860 (P.70). The bottom line is we’ll have new skateparks by next year. Multiple parks. In different locations with varied terrain.
The City of Calgary has planned skateparks at these sites:
-Seton Regional Recreation Centre 18150 56 St SE (Neighbourhood Skatepark)
-North West Regional Recreation Centre 11300 Rocky Ridge Road NW (Community Skatepark)
The communities shown in the table below have expressed interest in having a skatepark in their area:
Another action item that has come up for CASE is the possibility of an indoor park. The City has put out an Expression of Interest for “DEVELOPING, PROMOTING AND OPERATING, AN ARTS, CULTURE AND/OR HERITAGE FACILITY”.
There is a city-owned building that will be usable by non-profit groups who are in line with the statement above. We’re hoping we’ll be able to convince the decision makers responsible that skateboarding is an arts/culture activity that would be suitable for use of this building.
Other stipulations include:
-Building would be leased from City at a nominal fee
-Operator will be responsible for all maintenance, taxes, and utilities
-Proposal due on June 4th
-Building has a large warehouse-type room with high ceilings, minimal support pillars
-Measures nearly 8,000 sqft
-Heated, well-lit, with washroom facilities
-Very close to Millennium Park
As you can see by the photo, a lot of people are looking to get in on this space. CASE is committed to submitting a full-detailed proposal for why this location would make an excellent indoor skatepark, which is badly needed in Calgary.
Here’s a video recap from the skate jam held at the Calgary Snow Show at Spruce Meadows a while back:
We wanted to keep the auction process as simple as possible, while ensuring as many people got a chance to view and bid on these items. So we are hosting the auction on our Facebook page, to bid go to www.facebook.com/calgaryskateboarding. There you will find detailed pictures of each board and artist bios.
The rules of the auction are simple all boards start with a bidding price of $40 & bid prices need to be made in a minimum of $5 increments. This means the first bidder can bid $40, then the 2nd bidder would bid $45 or higher & the next bidder needs to be $5 higher than the last bid. Bids will be made in the comment fields so please check the most recent bid before bidding and make sure you outbid it by $5 as a bid not $5 higher than the last bid will be disregarded. All auctions close Monday March 11th at Midnight. As comments are time stamped only bids made before the end of the auction will be accepted.
Please help support Calgary skateboarding by bidding on these items and/or sharing these items on your Facebook page for more potential bidders can view them.
All winners will receive as an added bonus a free CASE T-shirt. Winners will be contacted by CASE and can pay for their item via PayPal or with cash. Thanks for participating and happy bidding.
If you would like to view the boards in person Mission Skate & Snow has generously donated wall space in their downtown location at (616 17 Ave SW). Boards will be on display for the length of the auction so please go there to check them out as well as all the other great items Mission has to offer.
It’s 11:30 Saturday morning at the Incline Indoor Skate & BMX park in Sylvan Lake when a car full of skaters pulls into the parking lot. A willing mother has just driven six 13-16 year olds from Calgary so they could skate for the day. Getting up early and hitting the highway is routine for these passionate skaters, who recruit a driver and make the two-hour trip almost every Saturday.
What would it mean for this Calgary crew if there were an indoor park in Calgary? “We’d save time (from the traveling), it would be more practical, and keep us fit in the winter” said Claudio aged 14. 13-year-old Austin said that an indoor park would, “keep us out of trouble, not skating in malls and the +15.” Ashton (15) agreed saying, “we wouldn’t get in trouble skating where not allowed. Cochrane local Brandon (13) would really appreciate, “being able to skate year round, when we want.” Claudio and Ashton both agreed that without Incline they’d be sleeping in, watching TV, playing video games, and generally being lazy if it weren’t for Incline. At 16, Ryan sums it all up, saying, “Bring The Source back!”
This carload of Calgary skaters was not the only ones to make the trip this frosty December day. Like other highway 2 travelers, they agree that Calgary really needs an indoor skatepark. After chatting with them and watching them enjoy a day in the skatepark, I have to wonder how many hundreds of Calgary youth would be having fun, staying fit, staying out of trouble, and not sitting glued to the TV during our long, cold winter if Calgary had it’s own “Incline”?
There are a couple of ways to deal with not having an indoor skatepark in the winter.
The first one we don’t recommend:
The second one is much better, but unattainable for most.
A company who wishes to remain nameless has built their own private facility for staff. Their marketing manager says, “It’s a fully private facility and is on an invite-only basis. It was created for employees to embrace the new generation of active and healthy lifestyles.”
Winter is here and it’s terrible for skateboarding. Especially in Calgary. We have no indoor skatepark. If you want to skate this winter, here are a couple of options:
Skate Church at Dalhousie Community Church – 5511 Baroc Road NW
Every Tuesday night, the church opens up their gym to skateboarders. There are a bunch of small obstacles: flat bars, boxes, benches, manny pads, etc. Helmets required. Admission is $2.
Incline Industries – 4425 50 St in Sylvan Lake
Open 5 days a week. It’s a good park with all the obstacles you’d expect in a skatepark. Check out their Facebook page for photos, admission info, and hours.
There were a few contests at the Calgary Snow Show last weekend. Here are the results:
1. Dylan Dillz
2. Louis Kaumeyer
3. Derrick Timoshenko
Street 16 and under
1. Riley (no last name given)
2. Trevor Martin
3. Jesse Ingrilli
1. Tom Mok
2. Glyden (no last name given)
3. Dylan Dillz
Mini-Ramp 16 and under
1. Tavish (no last name given)
2. Jesse Ingrilli
3. Darcy Tran
The Calgary Snow Show is having an indoor skatepark and skate comp this year. The skatepark will be 4,000 square feet and the comp is free to enter. Over $3,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs.
There’s also a “gear sale” where discount skate and snow goods can be purchased.
Here’s the schedule for the skating:
10am – 12pm: Free Skate/Warmup
12pm – 1pm: First Skate Team Demo
1pm – 3pm: Highest Ollie and Best trick (Rail)
3pm – 4pm: Second Skate Team Demo
4pm- 6pm: Free Skate and “Learn to Skate Lessons” courtesy of Mission Snow and Skate.
11am – 12pm: Free Skate
12pm – 1pm: Skate Team Half Pipe Demo
1pm – 3pm: Half Pipe Comp
3pm – 5pm: Free Skate and “Learn to Skate Lessons” courtesy of Mission Snow and Skate.