I had a flashback to the past of Skateparktour.ca, and a rude reminder of how many park pages need updating this week. I had a chance to go to Okotoks to take photos of their skatepark, which had been renovated by Newline in 2014. When I looked at the Okotoks page to remind myself where the park was, I was floored to see a first generation Skateparktour page! Skateparktour.ca now has 211 skateparks and all of the new pages are built in PHP, the Okotoks page reminded me how far Skateparktour as come, and that there is some work to do bringing some pages up to date. Heres what the Okotoks Skatepark page looks like now.
The first and second generation skateparktour.ca pages were built in html using Dreamweaver. Key features that stand out:
Skateparktour will still work to expand and add parks not currently included, but as opportunities allow, we'll get photos of the first parks still presented on the old design pages. If you happen to go by one of those parks and can take some photos of it for the site, that would be much appreciated! Please contact Skateparktour.ca.
Skateparktour.ca has built outstanding coverage of Western Canadian skateparks with limited resources, adding new skateparks as often as possible. Photos of parks have been collected for a while now, and here's what has been added in recent days (from east to west):
That brings Skateparktour.ca to 208 skateparks in 3 provinces making it the most complete skatepark director in western Canada! Even more skateparks will be added s the year progresses so check back often!
Back in 2006, looking for places to build sample QuicktimeVR virtual tours of, a tour of Shaw Millennium Park was created. While working on the virtual tour and planing for a holiday trip into BC, I wondered if there were any more skateparks I could make virtual tours for. After returning from the holiday I had photos of about 30 skateparks and skateparktour.ca was born! Over the past 8 years, the site has grown to 202 skateparks in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan and it has become an important tool for many and a heavily visited website.
This summer while taking photos at the Hay City Slam BMX,comp, and Skate comp, I met a family from the Okanagan that was doing their own skatepark tour using skateparktour.ca to plan their trip. The kids' Mom showed me the book they were putting together on the trip, and the skatepark lists from the site where they would check off the parks they had visited. Hearing the stories of their trip and seeing the enthusiasm everyone in the family had for skateboarding and for checking out the skateparks was gratifying and rewarding to say the least. This is the vision that has driven the development of skateparktour.ca for the past 8 years, people having fun, being active, following their passion, and exploring skateparks
Along the way I've been able to provide information and varying degrees of support for groups advocating for new skateparks where they live. Several of these have turned into new, concrete skateparks. The Skatepark Advocacy section includes some original research as well as links to resources and the work of others striving for the same goals so other groups can benefit from the experiences of others. There are still plenty of communities needing new parks and skateparktour.ca is happy to support them whenever possible.
The future is just as exciting for skateoarktour.ca as the past 8 years have been. Later this year, skateparktour.ca is proud to be park of an initiative to help grow skateboarding by certifying people to effectively teach beginner and intermediate skaters so they can have even more fun and progress their skills faster. More BC skateparks will be added this fall, and there is hope for a photo trip to Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan as well. Eastward expansion has been a goal for several years, and a few Saskatchewan Skateparks including the Lions Skatepark, Saskatoon SK were added in 2013. A mobile site is also in the plans, depending on available time and money.
Thank you for your support for skateparktour.ca, for sharing the site with your friends (no matter what kind of wheels they ride!), and for being a fan of Facebook, twitter, and Instagram. Here's to many more years for western Canada's most complete skatepark directory!
For years, skateparktour.ca has wanted to move east into Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and this week, the first Saskatchewan parks are being added to Canada's best skatepark directory! Hopefully 2014 will see Regina and Southern Saskatchewan parks added, as well as the many Manitoba parks that are worth stopping for on your cross-Canada road trips!
The first park, added today, is the Lions Skatepark in Saskatoon with the 7 Saskatoon skate spot sized facilities and the North Battleford skatepark soon to follow.
The weather is holding, barely, so before the winter snows fly get out on your skateboard or bike and shred as any parks as you can!