Lacombe Grand Opening Celebrations


Ribbon CuttingIn his speech prior to cutting the ribbon to formally open the Lacombe Skatepark, Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie praised the various partners that came together to make Lacombe's outstanding skatepark a reality.  Anyone looking to get a skatepark built in their town should follow Lacombe's lead.  This excellent skatepark would not be here without the help of these partners:

  • City of Lacombe: Council and staff
  • Lacombe FCSS
  • Major sponsors including Encana
  • Local businesses and donors
  • Lacombe skatepark committee

 

The skatepark committee is to be commended on their determined and dedicated over the past 3 years.   The youth members and the adult members passionately pursued their goal of creating one of Alberta's top skateparks, and now it is ready for everyone to enjoy.  Congratulations Lacombe!

 

Here are some action photos from the grand opening yesterday:

 

BMX trick of the day by far!

 

Lacombe skatepark grand opening

 

 

Click here for more photos of the grand opening

Even More NEW Skateparks Than Previously Reported

It's A Good Great Time to be a Skateboarder or BMX'er in Alberta!

Last week in an article titled Skateparks popping up like popcorn in Alberta, Skateparktour was stoked to say that 20 skateparks had been built in Alberta since Skateparktour.ca went live in 2006.  Thanks to Jim Barnum from Spectrum Skatepark Creations, I stand corrected, there have been 7  8 additional skateparks built in that time bringing the total to 27 28 new, concrete skateparks in Alberta!! The complete list is below with the new additions in bold:

  1. Airdrie
  2. Black Diamond
  3. Brooks,
  4. Cadotte Lake
  5. Castledowns (Edmonton)
  6. Cochrane
  7. Callingwood (Edmonton)
  8. Canmore
  9. Drayton Valley (2012)
  10. Grande Prairie - 2012
  11. Grosvenor (Edmonton)
  12. Lacombe
  13. Langdon
  14. Leduc
  15. Nanton
  16. Morinville
  17. Olds
  18. Ponoka
  19. Red Deer - 2013
  20. Slave Lake 
  21. Strathmore
  22. Sundre
  23. Swan Hills - 2012
  24. Sylvan Lake - 2012
  25. Taber
  26. Timberlea (Fort McMurray)
  27. Westside Rec Centre
  28. Whitecourt
Spectrum photo of Timberlea Sk8park, Fort McMurray 

I'm not sure why Brooks and Castledowns missed the list, put them down to bad memory becasue they are both represented with tours on Skateparktour.ca.  I now have in Cadotte Lake, Slave Lake Fort McMurray, and Whitecourt on the radar screen for tours, when travel can be arranged there someday.  Contributions to travel expenses anyone?



Skateparks popping up like popcorn in Alberta

20 New Skatepark in SIX years!

It's A Good Time to be a Skateboarder or BMX'er in Alberta


Lacombe skateparkNew skateparks have been popping up all over Alberta over the past few years. Since Spateparktour.ca went online in 2006 new skateparks have been built in  Airdrie. Black Diamond, Cochrane, Callingwood (Edmonton), Canmore, Grosvenor (Edmonton), Langdon, Leduc, Morinville, Olds, Ponoka, Strathmore, Taber, and the Westside rec Centre in Calgary (replacement park). Late last fall the new parks in Lacombe and Nanton opened and there are new skateparks in Sylvan Lake, Sundre, Grande Prairie opening this summer.  A major new park in Red Deer that will likely open in the spring of 2013 as well.  That is 20 new skateparks in 6 years, not counting the proposed park in Edmonton that Skaetparktour does not have a status update on. Notable in it's absence is the City of Calgary has only one privately owned skatepark on the list, none public.  Hopefully the newly approved and very supportive Skateboard Ammenity Strategy sees construction start in the province's largest city soon. 

New Sundre skatepark nearing completion

Another central Alberta town is about to open a brand new skatepark.  Sundre is about 35 km west of Olds and their Newline skatepark will be complted in the next few weeks.  Details about the completion date will be posted on Skateparktour.ca.  Take a look at what they are building! Visit the Sundre Skateboard Park Committee website

Sundre skatepark