Construction is expected to begin this year and a late fall 2018 opening is possible; though it may be pushed into spring 2019, according to city spokesman Marie-Pier Paquette-Séguin. Read the rest of the article here.
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.
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.
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.
Vice (originally from Montreal) looks into the importance of the Big O to Montreal skateboarding.
Sunday, July 3, Montreal is hosting the second annual Rollout of skateboarding at Peace Park.
At 14:30, meeting at the Montreal Skate Plaza at the corner of Boul. de Maisonneuve and Avenue de Lormier to then roll down to Peace Park. BBQ, DJ, and door prizes will welcome the assembled skaters and longboarders of all ages.
This event is presented by Emerica, Pabst Blue Ribbon, MQC, the Society for Arts and Technology, and the area of collaborative performances with the borough of Ville-Marie.
► Sunday, July 3rd – 14h30 to 19h
Open to all – Free Participation