Vancouver’s First Skatepark Celebrates 40 Years Of Carving And Community

The year was 1979 and a small patch of park near Clark Drive and Broadway had a similarly life-changing effect on generations of Vancouverites past and present. The China Creek skatepark turns 40 this year, and members of Vancouver’s skating community will gather July 19 for a birthday bash at the Smiling Buddha Cabaret (SBC).” Read the rest of the article here.

It’s Okay To Fall

Standing at the top of a skateboarding ramp, preparing to roll down the side for the first time, is intimidating enough. But it can be even more so when you’re the only girl at the skate park.” Read the rest of the article here.

Wellesley Skateboards Save Local Skate Park, At Least For Now

“But the location of the half pipe was also considered to be a problem, and a new home needed to be found for it, the report said. The ramp was set too close to the outside brick wall of the Wellesley arena, opening up the township to potential liabilities if someone fell into the wall. The structure was also too close to a nearby gas meter which, again, would put the responsibility on the township if someone got hurt.” Read the rest of the article here.

Skateboard artist Mark Carroll

“I was a latch key kid with alcoholic parents,” Carroll said. “I spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s house in Halifax and there were a lot of poor kids around who didn’t have a lot. When my uncle brought out that skateboard I just grabbed it and went down the hill. Looking back, something just went, ‘this is me’.” Read the rest of the article here.

How Skaters Make Cities Safer

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Philadelphia’s homeless population, who came to congregate at Love. Property values dropped and, for a while, the city bemoaned the park as derelict and dangerous. But once skateboarders started arriving on the scene in the early 90s, things started to change.” According to Howell: “Skateboarders made it seem safe again. As [Philadelphia skate legend] Ricky Oyola put it, ‘If these little kids aren’t scared, why should I be scared; I’m a 30-year-old man coming home from work.’ Once it’s safe for young skaters, it’s safe for young male office workers. Once it’s safe for male office workers, it becomes safer for female office workers, then for older folks, and so on.” Read the rest of the article here.