Red Deer Stoked about New Glendale Skatepark!


Glendalle skatepark

Huge turnout for grand opening

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.

Shredding the poolThose 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!

Check out Skateparktour.ca's  photos from the opening on FaceBook.

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Drayton Valley Skatepark Grand Opening

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.

BMX action at the Drayton Valley skatepark grand openingDrayton 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, (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!

For more photos from the competitions, check out the Skateboarding and BMX albums on the Skatparktour.ca FaceBook page

 

 

Skateboard action at the Drayton Valley skatepark grand opening

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It's almost ready Red Deer!

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)

 

New Red Deer Skatepark June 6th

 

New Red Deer Skatepark June 6th

 

New Red Deer skatepark

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New Skateparks On The Radar Screen For 2013

New RedDeerskatepark2013 is poised to be another exciting year for new skateparks in western Canada, with 9 skateaparks (that we are aware of) set for completion this year. Those skateparks include;

New AB Skateparks:

  • Lethbridge - spring start
  • Stettler - 
  • Oyen - A town of 1000 people with an energetic skatepark group!
  • Red Deer - will prove to be a popular destination park in Central Alberta

 

New UBC skatepark

New BC Skateparks:

  • Kamloops - new plaza style park on the south shore
  • Cloverdale - a covered park!
  • UBC (Vancouver)
  • Alert Bay - completed!
  • Fraser Lake

 

If you know of others, please Contact Skateparktour.ca so we can complete this list.

 

 

 

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Mid-winter Skateboarding at Incline Industries

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.

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Construction to start on new UBC skatepark!

In what is a first as far as anyone I talk to can remember, the University of British Columbia will soon be the first university in Canada with a skatepark on Campus.  The crew from Newline start construction next week on the 8500sq ft skate spot at the corner of Health Sciences Mall and Thunderbird Boulevard. Construction will take about 12 weeks, so UBC students should be skating their new park by mid February.

 

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Newline Skatepark photos

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Newly Renovated Incline indoor skatepark now open in Sylvan Lake

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

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!

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