Wednesday, 20 September 2017

More progress in West Shore

On September 13th at the Pickering West Shore Community Association AGM, Pat presented his sensory garden concept and I presented the West Shore Skate Spot proposal. Councillor Maurice Brenner was on hand and shall I say...on board! The membership had a lot of questions and concerns but by the end of the meeting the majority supported the proposals. 

Had a quick skate before the meeting.

Pat presented his Sensory Garden concept.

Councillor Brenner discussed the projects and other neighbourhood issues.

The membership votes overwhelming in favour of continuing our Skatepark and Garden projects. 
Note* I snapped this picture after the membership had voted and missed most of the raised hands.

Councillor Maurice Brenner continues to support the projects in the community.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Frankford, ON

Frankford, ON
Frankford Tourist Park (Tourist Park Road) is home to brand new park as of summer 2017. It's designed by Spectrum Skateparks and built by skaters.

 There is a bunch of landscaping to be done but the park is open. Bring a broom.
 Bank to barrier and nice mellow quarter pipe.
 Big 2 Block with hubba, step-up and out ledge.
 Ledges and manny pad.  Small 2 flat 3 stair set with rail and hubba.
Step-up Quarters 
 Fine work on the details. 
 Tight mini-ramp that can also be a bank-ledge-bank. Scooter resistant?

Bank to ledge.

 Slappy-able ends to the ledge. Little things like this can really make a park stand out.
 More great craftmanship. Grind smoothly from coping to crete & vice versa.

Tour video.

Spott's travel gear. I always travel with at least one complete in my car. This day I had 2 and used both for different tricks. Camera and phone to document everything. Water, obviously. Skate shoes. I wear different shoes when I drive and have to walk a dirt path to the park. 
Lastly, My Broom! It's a big broom with a squeegee. The handle is a telescoping handle for a paint roller and it's great for storing in my small car.
Oh yeah. The Rock? I grab a rock from near each park and put it in my rock garden at home.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Pickering West Shore Community Association Update

Pickering West Shore Community Association Update

At the beginning of the year Pickering was taking feedback for what would become the proposed Skateboard Park Strategy.  One of the PWSCA members saw the work myself and other skaters were putting into getting improved facilities in Pickering. The Association applied for, and received, a grant to hire two students; One to design an accessible sensory garden and one to design a skatepark for the West Shore area.
They both worked very hard through the summer and presented progress reports every time we met.
Our final meeting was held in a boardroom at city hall and was attended by City of Pickering Staff Members and Ward 1 Councillor Maurice Brenner.

The Skatepark Design Project student, Syd Patterson, had created a great presentation focusing on the area I've been pushing for since the Petticoat Creek location was shut down. Syd's presentation solidified West Shore Community Centre as the best location for a skatespot. There is more work to be done but it's all coming together.
Photos courtesy of Maurice Brenner 

Final meeting with Students, PWSCA members and City Staff.

3 amazing concept parks by Syd Patterson
Concept 1

 Concept 2

 Concept 3

Sensory Garden design. Pat did a fifty thousand dollar design and concept job for $3000.
Well done sir.

Shannon Park

Shannon Park
Kingston, ON
Park #324
50 Maccauley St

We had a bunch of fun.

Here's the original rendering. Final product has a lot of changes but Gnorman approves. Bring your park wheels.

Charlie Bowins & Barrhaven

Charlie Bowins & Barrhaven
Over 2 days we hit 2 parks in Ottawa.

Charlie Bowins Skatepark
Located in McNabb Park
Park #322

Barrhaven Skatepark
Berrigan Dr & Greenbank Rd
Just east of the Fire Station.
Park #323