The new skatepark in Drayton Valley opened last fall, but the official grand opening celebrations were just held yesterday (June 15th). The day featured BMX and skate competitions, free burgers from M & M's, a concert from a local band, a pro skate demonstration, and the formal opening with the usual speeches.
Drayton Valley has this awesome new Newline skatepark because a group of Drayton skaters got together and started advocating for it. Several local adults joned the skaters to form a skatepark committee, which gathered support from local citizens, businesses, the town council, and provincial government. Everyone worked hard for several years, and the action sports community in and around Drayton now has a beautiful park to skate and ride.
As you can see from the photos, the park has lights to extend riding hours when the days get shorter in the fall. Other features include the fun track, (a series of banks arranged much like a snake run but it is wider, has a couple of bumps in the middle, and a grass gap), as well as banks, manny pads, rails, leges, gaps, and stair sets as well as a horseshoe bowl. You can go either direction on the unique track and it's possible to build up a lot of speed!
The Drayton Valley Skatepark, officially the 4S Skatepark because of a significant donation from the Garth Sweet family, is a very fun park and well work the road trip from Edmonton or Red Deer, or a diversion if you are travelling through the region. Stop by, the locals are friendly and the vibe at the park very positive!