It's the middle of winter on the prairie and there is only one public indoor skatepark north of the Crowsnest Pass, and that is Sylvan Lake's Incline Industries in Sylvan Lake. It gets very busy on Saturday, so it's best to get there for opening at 11am, or come at dinner time and stay until closing at midnight as that is when the crowd is smallest. Even when it's busy you can still have fun, check out this sweet edit from Incline regular Taylor P from last Saturday to see some evidence.
Here is a very well done video of Skate & BMX action at Chuck Bailey Skatepark in Surrey. This was shot as part of an upcoming documentary about lower mainland skateparks. I'm looking forward to the finished product!
The Incline Indoor Skate & BMX park in Sylvan Lake is now reopened after being closed for a MAJOR renovation. The latest version of Incline has some great new obstacles to ride or skate, and they have added a lounge area with windows into the park, meeting spaces, and plans are to add food service at some point in the future. Some new obstacles have been added including a cool window wall ride, while the best features from the 2011 renovation have been kept. Check out the updated Incline skateparktour page, and plan your road trip now that the snow has arrived in Alberta!
Incline was able to expand because as a non-profit organization, they were able to raise funds and apply for grants that for-profit companies can't get. incline is thriving because of the dedicated contribution of several volunteers and Sylvan Lake businesses whose time, effort, and money keep the doors BMX bikes and skateboards rolling a year long in Sylvan Lake. If you get the chance, take a road trip to skate or ride Incline this winter, it's worth the trip!