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Skateparks in Calgary

CASE is not directly affiliated with any skateparks in Calgary. We advocate for new skateparks and skateboard friendly policies and legislation in Calgary on behalf of the Calgary skateboarding community, but we don’t own or manage any skate facilities.

Downtown:

  • Shaw Millennium Park – Calgary’s oldest skatepark is located on the site of the old Mewata Stadium, on the west side of downtown at Bow Trail/9th Ave between 14th and 11th Streets. It’s Canada’s largest at 75,000 square feet. The skatepark is open 24 hours a day; the greenspace surrounding the park adheres to regular park hours (5AM-11PM). Read more about it on the city’s skatepark site.

South East

  • Deer Run – 2223 146th Ave SE, next to Deer Run Community Centre. 2016 construction.
  • Midnapore – Midlake Blvd SE, next to Midsun Community Centre. 2016 construction.
  • New Brighton – 130 Ave SE, east of 52 St SE. Opened Summer 2016.
  • McKenzie Towne has a small modular park with mostly steel-framed ramps. View the park details here. It’s located at 200 McKenzie Towne Gate SE.

South West

  • CKE Skate Spot is about 5,000 of plaza style terrain located at the corner of Elbow Drive and 73 Ave SW.
  • Southwood – Sackville Drive SW, next to Southwood Community Hall. Opened Spring 2016.
  • Westside Rec Centre, located at 2000 69 St SW has a smaller modular skatepark that is open during the spring and summer months. The set up includes various street obstacles and a 40 foot wide mini ramp with a bank and two distinct sections. Read more at this link.
  • Woodcreek, a small modular skatepark built by area Community Associations separate from the Skateboard Strategy.

North East

  • Genesis Centre – skatepark is in the design process

North West

Mobile Skateparks

The City of Calgary operates the Mobile Skatepark Program during the summer months, generally starting in late June. There are a few parks that travel to all quadrants of the city. Check out this link for dates and locations.

Calgary Region Skateparks

There are a number of free outdoor skateparks in towns close to Calgary.

Skateboard Amenities Strategy

In spring 2017, the City will be moving into the construction phase of the last 2 parks of the first eight, as outlined in the Skateboard Amenities Strategy. You can read about how the initial skatepark sites were selected in this report. The City’s Skatepark Development website has some more information on it regarding these future skateparks.

 

Indoor Skateparks

Currently, Calgary has one indoor skatepark, The Compound, operated by Riders on Board Snowboard Club.

The city has had nearly a dozen indoor parks come and go, however. Places like Skatopia, All Skool, Four-O-Three, Skateworld, and Skate Jungle were all privately operated. It’s been proven that private indoor skateparks cannot exist in most cities. High overhead/operational costs combined with insurance costs make indoor parks a tough go financially.

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CASE has submitted proposals for indoor skateparks on two separate occasions. The first was for a location in Inglewood, the second for the former Science Centre building downtown.

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CASE is working constantly towards an indoor facility. We live in a city that is unskateable nearly half of the year. We hope to follow the models of parks like Le Taz in Montreal or the Regina Indoor Park. The cost of running a skatepark cannot be supported by user fees alone; a partnership is required. For example, a donated building.

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Skatelife operates a temporary indoor skatepark every Tuesday night at Dalhousie Community Church. More info on their website:

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The Compound Indoor Skatepark Fall Hours

We are not affiliated with any skatepark in Calgary. We’ve had a lot of inquiries regarding rates, hours, etc. That is why we are including this disclaimer.

Calgary’s only indoor skatepark, The Compound, has updated their hours for the fall skateboarding season. Check out their site for info about the drop in sessions and skate camps.

Contact them for current hours.


The Compound Sneak Peak from Riders On Board on Vimeo.

Indoor Skateparks

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:

10 Year Old Jett Meets With Councillor Woolley

We were present at a meeting between 10 year old student, Jett, his mom, and Ward 8 Councillor Woolley. Jett is passionate about skateboarding and has done a lot of research on indoor skateparks.

With all the new outdoor skateparks being developed, we’re optimistic that the need for an indoor skatepark will be addressed. The Skateboard Amenities Strategy recommends an indoor skatepark for the city:

“Find a suitable location for one or more indoor skateparks or wheeled sport facilities to comprise an area of at least 1,850 m2 (20,000 ft2). An indoor facility may be located in an existing building or be a purpose built facility that is clustered with a recreation centre. Indoor facilities should serve both skateboarders, bmx, inline skaters and provide a fitness track for roller skaters. See page 50.” (Skateboard Amenities Strategy, 2011, p. 9)

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Indoor Skatepark Survey

A couple of weeks we told you of Jason Huang’s crowdfunding efforts for an indoor skatepark. He’s put together a survey in order to learn more about what Calgary skaters might want in an indoor park. Please take a minute to complete it at this link.

Indoor Skatepark Crowdfunding

Local skater Jason Huang has set up an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in the hopes of bringing an indoor skatepark to Calgary. Click the photo to read a Metro Calgary article about him and his efforts:

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Skate Life/Dalhousie Church on Global News

On November 22nd, Global News featured Skate Life at Dalhousie Community Church. Hopefully stories like these help remind the public that skateboarding in Calgary during the winter months is very limited.

Dalhousie Community Church Skatelife

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:

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Calgary Snow Show Indoor Skatepark

The Calgary Snow Show is taking place this weekend at Spruce Meadows. They’ll have the City of Calgary Mobile Park ramps on hand for public skating and competitions.

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Former Science Centre Building/Indoor Skatepark

Former Science Centre Building


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!

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