FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 1st, 2013

CITY OF CALGARY ANNOUNCES WINNING FIRM FOR SKATEBOARD AMENITIES STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION

(Calgary, AB),

The City of Calgary (Recreation) has announced that Van der Zalm & Associates has been selected to implement the city’s 10-year Skateboard Amenities Strategy.

The 10-year Calgary Skateboard Amenities Strategy recommends approximately 270,000 square feet of future concrete skatepark development, spread over every quadrant. The sizes of the future skateparks will vary from small “skate spots” to larger “neighbourhood size” parks. These future parks will cater to every style and skill level of skaters; terrain will vary across the many parks.
The Calgary Association of Skateboarding Enthusiasts (C.A.S.E.) is excited about today’s announcement. “We’ve been working very hard for many years towards the goal of new facilities. This announcement confirms this goal will soon be a reality. This is great news for Calgary skateboarders and we’re looking forward to riding new parks in 2014,” says C.A.S.E. co-chair, Josh Etherington.

The actual number of parks has yet to be determined. However, over 25 communities have expressed interest in developing skateparks in their areas. C.A.S.E. will be working with Van der Zalm & Associates and City of Calgary Recreation to engage the local skateboarding community at a series of public input meetings beginning early 2014.
A copy of the 10-year Skateboard Amenities Strategy and a list of interested communities can be found on the C.A.S.E. website. Information on the public input meetings will be posted on calgary.ca as well as the C.A.S.E. website.

ABOUT VAN DER ZALM AND ASSOCIATES
Van der Zalm + associates inc. (vdz) is a full service Landscape Architecture and Development consulting firm with offices in North America and China.
Established at the turn of the millennium, vdz employs experienced, qualified, and registered professionals with a passion for their work. Their focus is parks and recreation. They enjoy a strong national reputation for our work in developing action sports facilities – skatepark, bmx, and technical mountain bike. They also work closely with communities to develop masterplans, urban parks, streetscape plans, water parks, and environmental projects.
Notable skatepark projects by vdz include: The Plaza at The Forks (Winnipeg, MB), Chuck Bailey Skatepark (Surrey, BC), Ed Benedict Skate Plaza (Portland, OR)

www.vdz.ca

ABOUT CALGARY ASSOCIATION OF SKATEBOARDING ENTHUSIASTS
The Calgary Association of Skateboarding Enthusiasts (C.A.S.E) is a non-profit society which promotes skateboarding in Calgary by using the collective efforts of its volunteer members. Through this united effort CASE works to improve the accessibility and growth of skateboarding in Calgary.

www.calgaryskateboarding.com

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