Rob Thorpe’s third skate video, featuring Calgary skaters Devin Morrison, Brett Rehman, Sean MacAlister, Trevor Miller, Keegan Callahan, Beau Larson, Jonathan Lachance, Justin Cahill, Kyle Lovstrom, Ryan Curry, Ryan Oughton, Olara Obina, Luke Callahan, Bill Cowan, and more. Originally released in 2004.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Genesis Centre – skatepark is in the design process
- Huntington Hills – Centre St at 64 Ave N. Opened Spring 2016
- Bowness – skatepark is in the design process
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skatelife operates a temporary indoor skatepark every Tuesday night at Dalhousie Community Church. More info on their website:
We’re happy to present Rob Thorpe’s second video, Still Down. This one is from 2003. Enjoy.
This year, we’ll likely see two more: Bowness and Genesis Centre (northeast).
City staff have informed us that these two new parks will go out to tender/bid in March so that ground can be broken as soon as the construction season starts in late spring. Construction times of skateparks vary a lot due to size of the parks and weather, the latter which can be very unpredictable in Calgary.
In addition to Bowness and Genesis, the new Rocky Ridge rec centre will have a skatepark. The facility is scheduled to open in 2018.
We’ll continue to keep you informed on the latest developments of these new parks.
“Over the course of the last 25 years, Enoch has been blazing a trail of quality through the clutter of medocrity. Through skateboarding, art, and confidence, Enoch has been constantly elevating standards with a style and flair that has taken him all over the globe. In a world full of one trick ponies and two dimensional views, it’s so refreshing to still witness his relentless gift of progress. His contributions to skateboarding in Calgary were cemented long ago, when claiming “doing it yourself” wasn’t a flag of pride to wave around, but the only way things got done.”
Where were you born and when did you start skating?
I was born in Montreal, Quebec 1974. I started skating around 1986 but still rode freestyle BMX most of the time till about 1989.
Why did you start skating?
In grade 7 I started at a new school (Queen Elizabeth Junior/ Senior High School) and had to take bus/train to get there and wasn’t gonna walk so I started riding my skateboard (Jesse Martinez SMA).
Queen E was a big school so there was a lot of skaters from different age groups that would go skate, practicing grinds on parking curbs, ollieing over garbage cans etc. There were a lot of good spots right around school. Seeing all these other skaters motivated me and challenged me to prove to them that deaf guys can skate too!!!!!
Another reason I started to skate was being sick & tired of repairing hundreds of flat tires on my bike.
You were part of the Underworld crew. Can you tell me more about that?
What do you want to know about it? There is lots to tell. If you know anything about the Vancouver Red Dragons, Underworld was Calgary’s version on a smaller scale.
Do you still keep in touch with any of those guys?
I’m still in contact with one guy. “Cue” was his tag– Rob Brandt.
Did you have any sponsors?
I was first sponsored by FreeWheelin’ when Chuck Bell owned it by Wendy’s on 17th for a few months but he closed down. Then in ’92 or ’93 a new shop opened in Kensington called “THE SOURCE”.
I was only team guy for about a year then The Snowboard Shop got bought out and turned into MISSION. I went to ride for them cause they gave me better deals. I’d get free Mint decks anytime, they told me I was on Vans team but never got any Vans gear. I remember a contest in Chinatown for some reason I didn’t have my board so I borrowed somebody’s and got booted from team.
Shortly after that in about ’95 I moved to Hong Kong partly cause the heat was on too much from cops about the manslaughter case that another Underworld member was involved with. I came back to Calgary in ’97 for some reason lost motivation to skate, most of UW guys were gone and other friends that skated were doing other things.
Did you compete at all?
A few street contests.
Where did you get your first board from?
My first board was a Sims Steve Rocco, a birthday gift from my Grandma.
What were your favourite spots to skate?
The court house (gone now) was the most popular spot in the city. Petro Canada building, James Short parkade, Eau Claire. Hong Kong had killer spots– best I’ve been to.
Do you still skate?
Not really, once a month maybe.
What keeps you busy these days?
Ive been tattooing for nearly 8 years and continuing… making art and sometimes spray painting walls around the world.
Calgary’s newest skatepark location has been announced! Bowness skate spot will be located in Queen Elizabeth Park, also known as 77 Street Park. Engagement from 2014 will be honoured so preliminary designs will be released early in 2017!
You may recall that the original location near Our Lady of the Assumption School was kyboshed last year for various reasons. The new location has the support of the community association, councillor, and Calgary legion located nearby.
Watch for more information in the near future.