Being based in Central Alberta with a limited travel budget makes it a challenge to include skateparks from across Canada, but with the help of some local partners in Ontario, Skatearktour.ca has been able to grow our Ontario presence to include 18 skateparks in the past few months.
Old Balls Skateboard Co. got the wheels rolling when our friend Mike B moved east and offered to provide skatepark photos from his Ontario travels starting last summer. So far, Old Balls has added 14 skateparks to Skateparktour.ca, including some in Winnipeg from Mikes long eastward drive.
Spott Dreams of Skateparks is a blog that features photos and comments about skateparks mainly in Ontario, but including some from other provinces too. When blogger Scott L noticed that Skateparktour.ca was adding Ontario parks to its directory he offered to provide photos from parks he has travelled to! In the first few weeks of 2017, Scott has added 5 parks to Skateparktour.ca, 4 from Ontario and one from Manitoba.
Here are some of the newest parks added to Skateparktour.ca in the past week with photos from Spott Dreams of Skateparks:
St Marys is a cool neighbourhood plaza style park ,V shaped park with stairs, rails, ledges and a tight quarter.
The Port Colborne skatepark is a huge park, shaped like a freighter passing through the nearby locks, with a plaza, transition, flow and bowl features to keep everybody entertained!
Nobleton is a fun neighbourhood park with a mellow bank to barrier, ledge/manny combo, wedge, hip, rail, hubba and quarter
Tecumseh is an excellent larger skatepark featuring hand rails, ledges, hubbas, stairs, step-ups, bank to barrier, mini-ramp with a huge extension and more.
Skateparktour.ca also has a couple of photo contributors in other provinces. One on Vancouver Island, is the parent of a young skatepark user, while another is a western Canada based rep for one of the major industry brands, who forward photos of parks taken on his trips through Alberta and Saskatchewan. If you would be willing to contribute photos of your local park, or parks where you travel, please contact Skateparktour.ca!> Add a comment >
Thanks to our good friends at Old Balls Skateboard Co., who take the skatepark photos and provide the park information for the directory, Skateparktour.ca now has TEN Ontario skateparks in our growing national skatepark directory!
The Huntsville Rotary Youth Skateboard Park is a great older park with lots of fun features, especially for those with novice to intermediate skills.
The main attraction at Toronto's Vanderhoof skatepark, AKA "The Hoof" is an awesome bowl
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When Skateparktour.ca first went live in August 2006, the site included a handful of skateparks in Calgary and along the route to Vancouver and Victoria BC. Today, almost ten ears later, Skateparktour.ca is Canada's largest and most complete skatepark directory with 229 skateparks in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and now including Manitoba! In time, Skateparktour.ca will include every major skatepark in these provinces, providing an increasingly useful resource for traveling and local skatepark users alike to find the best places to ride. As Skateparktour.ca approaches it's 10th birthday, we are stoked to be making another step towards someday covering all 10 Canadian provinces!
The move into Manitoba would not be possible without the park photos provided by Mike from Old Balls Skateboard Co. Please check out their product line and pick up some gear from their online store of from your local board shop.
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Keeping the information on Skateparktour.ca up to date is a challenge, as parks change, are built, and occasionally demolished every year. As well, the site has to keep up wth changing technology, such as the ending of support for the Quicktime VR virtual tours that Skateparktour.ca was originally created with. Here are the results of a recent trip to BC which offered an opportunity to update some parks.
Until this week the Fleetwood page still had a QuicktimeVR tour to showcase the skatepark, which no longer work on the web. A few photos later and we have a new tour page for Fleetwood so you can check it out online again!
A few years ago the Guildford Recreation Centre expanded and the old Guildford Bowl has to be demolished as part of the expansion project. The new Guildford Youth Park is a nice plaza suitable for a wider range of users than the old bowl was.
Bonsor also still had a QuicktimeVR tour too, so new photos were needed to show off this iconic BC skatepark!
The original Ambleside Skatepark was 20 years old and the once vibrant skate scene at the park died off as the park grew outdated. After an extensive community based advocacy and fundraising effort, this new Ambleside skatepark replaced the old one in 2015.
The old Mouat bowl was demolished last year and replaced with a new one. Here's the original:
Here's the new Mouat Skatepark constructed closer to the rec centre:
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When Skateparktour.ca first went live on August 20, 2006, each skatepark page featured a virtual tour created using Quicktime VR (QTVR) by Apple. Technology has evolved, and in 2015, support for QTVR ended, meaning the virtual tours no longer work. Skateparktour.ca will gradually replace the old QTVR tours with photo tours, but it will take time as Skateparktour.ca is a one person project.
A recently completed inventory of the park pages identified 59 pages (26%) that still have the QTVR tours, and another 66 pages that have photo tours, but are 2nd generation design HTML pages. The QTVR pages are the highest priority, and the following pages have been updated so far this week:
These parks were updated because photos were located of them, and many of the parks will need new photos taken before the page can be updated. If you can take photos of your local park if it has a QTVR tour (especially southern Alberta, South-east BC, and the BC Interior), you can help speed up the process by sending them to Skateparktour.ca by email or Dropbox, but in the mean time, your patience is appreciated!
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Edson is 200km, about 2 hours, east of Edmonton and the Edson skatepark is the 221st and latest addition to Skateparktour.ca. The skatepark is older and in good condition, and has a wide variety of ledges, banks, rails, manny pads, and transition that are too numerous to list.
In 2015, a concrete pump track was built on the site of the old BMX track. You can generate a lot of speed on the track and at about 2 feet wide, It is a little narrow for most skateboarders, especially in some of the corners. The pump track will be fun for more BMX'ers than skateboarders.
Special thanks to Old Balls Skateboard Co. for the photos!
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Stranger BMX is holding a video re-editing contest in January and the winner announced February 1st. If you want to enter, download the raw video from the Stranger website, create your edit, then upload it to your YouTube channel with "Abdullah re-edit" in the title so the Stranger BMX people can find it. The prize for the winner is a prototype Stranger Ballast free coaster hub, that will become available this summer. If you like to edit video, it's a fun project to do at a time of year that getting BMX or skate footage to edit is pretty difficult! Post links to your edit in the comments here or on the Skateparktour Facebook page!
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A couple of years ago, local Rimbey skaters and BMX'ers went to use their local skatepark, only to find that much to their surprise, all of the modular obstacles had been removed. Coming without warning, the surprise is understandable but it couldn't have been much of a shock because the old park had been deteriorating and had become dangerous to ride. This past week, construction on the new Rimbey Skatepark was completed, and the locals are stoked with their new park, judging by the crowds there the past few days. The new park is one of the largest in Central Alberta and features lots of transition elements as well as an assortment of the usual ledges, rails, manny pads every skatepark has to have. The Rimbey park will surely attract people from across Central Alberta and around the province as it is definitely worth the drive west of Highway 2
The old park will no doubt be remembered fondly by those who had good times there, but the Town of Rimbey and Ponoka County have ensured that Central Alberta skatepark users will have a facility to have fun and build great memories in for many years to come!
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On this day, August 20 2006, Skateparktour.ca went live for the very first time! At the top of each page was this header, featuring the first generation logo designed by a graphic artist from somewhere in the Maritimes. He came highly recommended and he eventually provided the much improved 2nd generation logo a couple of years later, which is still in use today.
The initial idea behind skateparktour.ca was to let skaters check out skateparks using virtual tours developed in the then popular, QuicktimeVR. Visitors could click and drag to "turn" on a spot to see the park, and click on "hot spots" to see the park from that location.
The QuicktimeVR tours were time consuming to create, but they were pretty cool and gave visitors lot of control over how they explored the skatepark. In time, technology evolved and QuicktimeVR is no longer supported by modern browsers. Many parks have ben switched to the new slideshow format and in time, all of the remaining parks will be converted as well.
QuicktimeVR is gone but the purpose of Skateparktour.ca remains the same, to let the various skatepark user communities (skaters, BMX'ers, inline skaters, mountain bikers, and yes, even scooter kids, check out skateparks near where they live and travel so they can fid and ride parks that appeal to them. Skateparks are public facilities and none of the user groups is going away, so let's have fund doing what we enjoy, and let others do the same. Skateparktour.ca promotes respect and sharing of skateparks by everyone!
Lots of people have commented that they use Skateparktour.ca to check out skateparks, and some have used the site to plan their own road trips. The skater in the photo below from Hay City Slam in Olds in 2014, is from the Okanagan. He and his family planned and documented summer holiday trips in 2014 and 2015 using Skateparktour.ca!
By the end of the first year Skateparktour.ca had about 30 skateparks in BC and Alberta. There are now 211 skateparks in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan on the site, plus a popular indoor skatepark page linking to indoor skateparks that stretch from Newfoundland to BC. It is a challenge to keep up to the construction of new skateparks, but the aim is to have every skatepark in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan included, and to expand across Canada. If your local skatepark is not included, please consider submitting photos to skateparktour.ca so others can know about your park too!
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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.
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