Calgary, AB – Working with Calgarians, The City of Calgary has selected eight sites for new skateparks as part of the Skateboard Amenities Strategy. In 2014, the first three skateparks to be built will be in the following Calgary communities:
- Chinook Park Kelvin Grove/Eagle Ridge(CKE) (skate spot)
- Huntington Hills (neighbourhood skatepark)
- Southwood (neighbourhood skatepark)
“We have been working closely with the Calgary Association of Skateboard Enthusiasts, or CASE, for many years developing the Skateboard Amenities Strategy and earlier this year we held open houses to gather feedback from skateboard enthusiasts and the general public,” says Greg Steinraths, Manager of Sport and Partnership Development, Recreation. “The feedback we got was amazing and with this input we are happy to be moving forward on the eight new parks.”
The first three locations to be built demonstrate the two different types of skateparks that can be developed: a skate spot (150 - 600 m2 or about half a basketball court size) and a neighbourhood skatepark (600 - 1200 m2 or around the size of a tennis court).
“CASE is very happy to see the three skateparks going ahead. We are thrilled that it is all finally coming together,” says Zev Klymochko, CASE spokesperson.
Next, The City will engage skatepark supporters and Calgarians in a participatory design process for the first three skateparks. This process will give attendees more information about the development and invite input into design ideas and priorities. Anyone interested in getting involved is invited to attend on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the former Centennial Planetarium, 701 11th St. S.W.
For more information on skateparks, and opportunities to get involved, visit calgary.ca/recreationprojects.