Saturday, 26 November 2016

Ontario's Best Bowls

Ontario's Best Bowls
I thought I'd throw together a post of Bowls and Pools for those who love transition. Not included are terrible bowls (Dryden and Midland), vert ramps(CJ's & Muskoka Woods) and bowled out corners of skateparks(There are lots of them). My top 3 are listed first and another 30 are listed.
More will be added as they are built (ei; Richmond Hill).


My favourite park and one of the best bowls. The roll out has a small Q. The deep end goes to vert and then some. The shallow is a great mini-ramp with a tight pocket end. There is also a loveseat and the steep bank extension has marble ledge coping. Full Review.

Marina Park Plaza

Thunder Bay's Marina Park Plaza features one of the first Pool replicas in Ontario. By New Line.


I have to list Picton, ON in my top 3 as it's possibly the greatest mini-bowl ever. Extentions, spine, roll-in, loveseat and more. I've never heard a bad word about this park. It's totally worth the trip. Full Review. 

Top 3 out of the way, Ontario has a great selection of transition if you're willing to travel a little. Some of it is pretty gnarly and some is fairly tame. Hopefully you find something you like below. Click the link to see the rest of the park.

Ashbridges Bay - Deep bowl added to the park as a phase 2. Pool coping and embedded ladder. Added the 2nd photo because it's way better, but it's not mine. Contact me for credit or removal.
8th Street - Shallow peanut.
Vanderhoof Bowl - Extensions, cradle, pool coping and an annual contest; Hoedown at the Hoof.
East York Skatepark - Tight and Fast.
Check out all of Toronto HERE

Turner Park - Major fun at this one. Concrete coping in the deep end.
Waterdown Bowl - Big roller, extensions, pocket and a spine. There is now a up ledge by the spine. 
Check out all of Hamilton HERE

Medway Bowl - Huge bowl with a bit of everything.
Wolseley Barracks Skatepark - Tight & fast peanut with a deathbox.
Check out all of London HERE

Audley Rec. Centre, Ajax, ON - Pool extension and a pocket. 

12 Oaks Skatespot, Vaughan, ON - Transition based skate spot.

'3' Bowl.  3 Muskatears Skatepark, Acton, ON

Bancroft, ON - Roller wall, extension and a steep bank. Coping is sticky.

Courtice, ON - Triple lobe bowl with hips and an extension.

King City, ON  This one's a gnarly one. Deep, Steep and pool coping that barks.

Uxbridge, ON - Smooth bowl with a steep bank surrounded by quarters. There's also extensions, a deep end and a big roller.

Riverside Skatepark, Cambridge, ON - 'Drop of Death' in the last place you would expect it but that adds to the challenge. Spine, transfer visor(?) & steep bank.

Memorial Skatepark, Stouffville, ON - Smooth with a fly-out to bank and extensions.

Richcroft Rec. Complex, Kanata, ON

Aurora Family Leisure Complex. Bowl has some seepage issues but mini-bowl is great. Aurora, ON

Elmira, ON - Perfect for ripping or just getting your feet wet in the pool. Steep shallow end with a roll-in, stairs and a great deep end with a deathbox. Pool coping all around.

Kenora, ON - Extension, smooth concrete and a spine transfer to the rest of the park.

Port Dover, ON - An OK peanut. It's mellow and the coping is flush with the concrete but it won't make my list of worst bowls.

Niagara Falls, ON - Bowl with a roll out to the rest of the park.

Silvercreek Skatepark, Guelph, ON - Big bowl connects with an open snake-run that goes the length of the park. 

Milton, ON - Milton Community Park. Brand new (fall 2016) deep bowl with pool coping, steps and a deathbox.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Toronto's DIY: epilogue

Toronto's DIY: epilogue

Toronto's DIY was demo'd early in the morning on Nov 7th.
It unfortunately came to an end despite the support of several area residents and workers.  It has brought the subject of DIY and skateparks to the attention of some city staff. Recently, a city report was released stating the city does not have enough skateboarding areas.
Interestingly enough, the factory next to the spot was also subject to some media coverage with a poison gas cloud the previous weekend.  STORY HERE.

Check out their Facebook page for more video and news coverage.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Save Toronto's DIY Skatepark

Save Toronto's DIY Skatepark

I know of a little DIY in Toronto that is in danger of being removed by the city. I haven't skated there myself but I've heard it's fun and fast.

Toronto skateboarders have turned a derelict dead end corner into a thriving community DIY skatepark. Local businesses who support the initiative have informed the builders that City has plans to demolish the structure.

Permanent DIY skateparks have become essential community fixtures in Montreal, Vancouver, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and various other cities. They are international cultural hubs and Toronto is missing out.

The park has spawned a community skateboarders who are dedicated to taking care of the space and integrating into the community. 

Watch this video to hear directly from the community
Please send emails in support to City Councillor Ana Bail√£o and Provincial Offences Officer Construction Activities Wojtech Goral

Friday, 4 November 2016