New 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.
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
Rock the Rails in Leduc is a Skate and BMX competition with a battle of the bands and urban stage. Held at the Leduc skatepark, Rock the Rails is a great time and worth the road trip to take part, or to enjoy teh event as a spectator. Click for more information.