Get out to the Gibbons Skatepark Grand opening, Saturday May 28th starting at 11AM! There will be demos, competitions, prizes, and even food trucks! Gibbons is only a 15 minute drive north of the Edmonton City Limits so find a ride and help Gibbons celebrate the opening of their new skatepark! Contact organizers through the Facebook event page.
Red Deer opened their second skatepark on Friday July 5th, with opening celebrations and a free bar-b-que at the new Glendale Skatepark. BMX'ers, skaters, scooter kids, and even a few mountain bikers came by for a session at the new park in north west Red Deer, adjacent to Glendale Middle School just off of Taylor Drive. After the obligatory speeches from politicians and officials,a ribbon was cut with a ride through by some skaters and BMX riders. There was no organized competitions or demonstrations, the focus was where it should be on opening day, letting everyone enjoy their first session in what will no doubt be a very popular skatepark.
Those who like to ride bowls will LOVE Glendale! The 6'-9' deep pool is the only pool style bowl in Alberta and lots of skaters dropped in to check it out. By the end of the summer, lots of skaters will be shredding this bowl as they rise to the challenge that it represents.
The flow bowl was also very popular with both BMX'ers and skaters. At 5'-8' deep, the flow bowl features a cradle, a roll-in, a curved escalating extension, and a tombstone.
In addition to the TWO amazing bowls, Glendale has a large street section with a selection of rails, stair sets, ledges, and a slappie bank wall.
One of the most pleasant surprises as the grand opening was the involvement of the Red Deer school boards in the skatepark project. In Calgary, schools are very un-skate-friendly with "No skateboarding" signs on every school and several schools thinking it reasonable and acceptable to outright ban skateboards from even being brought into the building. On the other hand in Red deer, several middle schools have skateboarding clubs, one is planning a skateboarding option, and the RDPSD worked with the City to host the Glendale skatepark at Glendale school. Board officials even attended the opening, and spoke glowingly about the park. Congratulations to the RDPSD for their understanding and perspective regarding skateboarding and youth (please speak to your CBE and CCSD colleagues to help them see the light).
Congratulations to the City of Red Deer, the school districts, and to Newline Skateparks for an outstanding new skatepark, clearly one of Alberta's best!
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!
Red Deer and central ALberta, get stoked - the brand new skataepark in north-west Red Deer is almost ready! The fence is still up, but it won't take long now as the crews are working on landscaping and other final preparations. These photos are from yesterday (June 6th)
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!