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.
“As a result, he said they are awaiting skate park design specifications from the IOC before going ahead with construction, which has been halted on the site, near the intersection of Pie-IX Blvd. and Sherbrooke St.” Read the rest of the article here.
The motivation behind the project, Plourde said, was to create a space that would allow skateboarding, art and music to coexist. Read the rest of the article here.
But critics say the skateboarders are damaging public property. Long black smudge marks on the edges of stone slabs are a tell-tale sign of grinding — when skaters slide their boards over straight flat surfaces. Read the rest of the article here.
A fun day was spent rolling down the streets of Montreal with the full support of the city. Check out the video recap.
On Sunday, June 18, Montreal will participate in its third “Rollout” which will conclude at the Peace Park!
Meet up with your skateboards at 14h30 in the Parc des Royaux (corner Rue de Rouen and Avenue de Lorimier). Departure is slated for 15:00, in the direction Peace Park, with a short stop at the corner of Berri and Boulevard de Maisonneuve to allow any beginner skateboarders to join the Rollout.
Finally, at Peace Park the Rollout will host a contest (with $500 to win), BBQ, fundraising for the Montreal Skateboard Association, music and door prizes for skaters and longboarders of all ages. Join us!
This day is sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, MQC production partners, Société des arts technologiques [SAT] in collaboration with Ville-Marie borough.
Sunday 18 June – 14h30 to 19h
Open to all – Free participation
Over the 30 years Team Pain has build some of the coolest and most iconic skateboard obstacles and skateparks. One of their latest skateparks includes a Big O replica in Golden, Colorado.
At the moment there are 14 city-owned skate parks. But the report quotes a survey that was taken last year, that shows skateboarding’s popularity is increasing, and so is the demand for new parks. Read the rest of the article here.
While the Big O stadium doesn’t have a single professional sports team that uses it anymore, the Big O skateboarding pipe (originally the entrance to the Olympic park) is famous all over the world. Among skateboarders it’s one of the spots you have to skate before you die. Read the rest of the article here.
A group of volunteers called Project 45 started a project next to the Taz indoor skatepark in 2010 when they thought what was already there could use some work. Management at the Taz was happy to see the volunteers create their own space outside. Read the rest of the article here.