Oh how the times have changed….
When I was growing up we didn’t have skate parks where I lived, except for the occasional Indoor and maybe an outdoor wood park scattered around here and there. But all of those cost money to skate so really if you lived in Canada and weren’t around the Vancouver area, you were screwed.
Now a days almost every province has multiple skate parks in multiple cities, and some cities are even overloaded with skate parks, and they’re all free, outdoor, public facilities. But unfortunately, there are still plenty of cities and municipalities that have not jumped on to this boat yet, and it’s a shame for the skaters of their areas.
Where I live now we are spoiled in the sense that we don’t even have to fundraise anymore, most cities around here just tell us they are building another skate park. It took a long time to make it to this point, but if you’re not living here then you need to push on them to make it happen for you.
This is a great article from quite a few years ago in Transworld Magazine written by Miki Vuckovich from the Tony Hawk Foundation. Miki is a great person who cares a lot about skateboarding and helping it grow, and does a lot of promotional work behind the scenes to make thing happen. Read this article and learn step by step what you need to do to get started on the process of getting a skate park in your city, and then get to work…