Webster Skills and Skatepark
opens in September 2012. Below, pro boarders discuss plans to upgrade
the one at Chilliwack Landing.
squats down on his board to get some air and bounces up coping a
half-pipe he lands in a bowl, picks up some speed on a roll-in.
Without stopping, he shoves it down a
stairset then over a banked ramp, navigates onto a rail and plants on
the deck with no grinding.
He pumps his fist victoriously in the air
to cheers from his pals. The next one launches and quickly does a 50-50
grind while the others watch. Back up he goes to wait for his turn
most of us were learning to play with yo-yo's, there was a breed of
never before seen concrete surfers on four-wheeled boards making their
presence known at the first skatepark in the world that opened September 3, 1965, in Tucson, Arizona
At first, the parks were simplistic, with just some plywood ramps.
Nowadays, skateboarding is an extreme sport. We're talking spine
transfers, handrails, funboxes, vert ramps, pyramids, banked ramps, full
pipes, pools, bowls and snakes to name a few tricks.
In fact, skateboarding is so popular now,
there are plans to include the sport at the 2020 Summer Olympics, so it
is possible the Chilliwack parks will groom a local athlete for the
Chilliwack has three skateparks:
Webster Landing and The Chilliwack Landing and another one in Yarrow
Saturday, a "Design Workshop" consultation at Evergreen Hall, sponsored
by the City of Chilliwack, threw open the doors to people and let them
in on plans to upgrade the current Landing Skatepark.
The idea of the consultation gave boarders the opportunity to tweak the
City's plan, and while traffic was light at around 25, a group of the
best type of users were the "pro skateboarders" (defined as someone who
is paid to skate), showed up to provide some expert layout suggestions.
Parents also brought in their kids to add their ideas.
At the pro's table, they were hunkered down over drawings pointing and
talking amongst themselves and conversing with staff in attendance.
Enlarged photos and artists renderings of other skateparks, such as the
ones at Webster Park and in Yarrow, were also on display to get the
creative juices flowing.
only are skateparks created to help kids stay active, they're also
versatile and bring the
community together challenging BMX riders, inline skaters, scooters
and even wheelchairs.
rezoning to move the existing skatepark from Tyson Rd. in order to
make room for the Sardis Library, the Webster Landing Skate and Skills
Park opened August 2012 in Sardis.
That park had to be built from scratch
because it was used as a dump in the past, so gravel and soil had to be
trucked in to cover it up. Therefore, the cost of the project was
Telus softened the blow to the coffers with a donation of $40,000.
opening was a fun event with lots of fanfare. The kids couldn't wait
to get at it once the ribbon was snipped.
On the surface, it looks like there's an ample amount of dollars
allocated for the Landing Skatepark.
"We've got $200,000 for the project," said Richard Fortin, manager of
parks and planning.
Fortin explained the upgrade needs to be done because at present
the concrete structure has cracks and other issues, which he says pose no danger but need to be repaired.
The Chilliwack Landing Skatepark has lower budget than the Webster
Landing Park because engineers can use elements of the existing park.
Webster Landing went out to tender, and the job was awarded to Van Der
Zam and Associates. It's unclear what the City will be doing with
regards to revamping the Landing.
Learn more about tricks and terminology
Always make sure your kid wears a helmet to avoid concussions, brain
damage and problems later in life such as seizures.
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