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Only The Lonely..
Aug 6, 2009, 1:39 PM
Wall Street Journal says Winnipeg skate park rules

Winnipeg Free Press - 6/08/2009 8:16 AM



WINNIPEG - The accolades just keep on rolling in for the Plaza skateboarding park at The Forks.

The Wall Street Journal has included it as one of America’s best, recently running down the top 14 parks in a story.

Winnipeg’s is the only Canadian site on the list.

In 2007, just a year after it opened, skateboarding icon Tony Hawk included Winnipeg’s Plaza at The Forks in his new Secret Skatepark Tour 3 DVD. Hawk said the park was "everything it’s cracked up to be" when he visited Winnipeg and described the bowl as "super fun" in the DVD’s video.

The $2.5 million project earned Wall Street Journal props for including more than just ramps. The story said that Winnipeg’s park offers replicas of ledges, rails and planter boxes, many of the objects found on private property that skaters prefer to ride on.

Top park on the WSJ’s list was in Portland, Ore.

Only The Lonely..
Aug 6, 2009, 1:40 PM
http://www.skateboardpark.com/park_photos/The_Plaza_At_The_Forks_Canada/The_Plaza_At_The_Forks3.jpg
http://www.winnipegskateparks.com/images/stories/Parks/forksplaza5.jpg
http://www.winnipegskateparks.com/images/stories/Parks/forksplaza11.jpg
http://www.winnipegskateparks.com/images/stories/Parks/forksplaza3.jpg
http://www.winnipegskateparks.com/images/stories/Parks/forksplaza2.jpg
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le calmar
Aug 6, 2009, 2:40 PM
Winnipeg rocks.

MrOilers
Aug 6, 2009, 3:01 PM
That's amazing.

Edmonton needs that, too. Heck, every city needs good skate parks as far as I'm concerned.

Wooster
Aug 6, 2009, 3:08 PM
That's amazing.

Edmonton needs that, too. Heck, every city needs good skate parks as far as I'm concerned.

Totally.

Calgary's Millennium skate park opened up probaby 7 or 8 years ago. It's massive and always busy. I've gone by there on chinook nights in the middle of February and seen dozens of people skating or BMXing around.

Good for Winnipeg to get the recognition!

1ajs
Aug 6, 2009, 6:50 PM
the skateparks are great investments none the less also the forks has done a good job of giving the skaters a space in the winter to do some boarding nothing big but still nice to have and north of the forks in the east exchange theres an indoor park inside an old wherehouse that gets lots of usage


http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1147/3265334976_718520897e_o.jpg
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also the skatepark is used by the bmx bikers so 2 birds 1 stone :P
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3563/3680224075_3f593be94c_o.jpg
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Tarsus
Aug 7, 2009, 8:41 PM
Totally.

Calgary's Millennium skate park opened up probaby 7 or 8 years ago. It's massive and always busy. I've gone by there on chinook nights in the middle of February and seen dozens of people skating or BMXing around.

Good for Winnipeg to get the recognition!

Indeed, Calgary's skateboard park is very busy all year round, even in the winter. Having the park built has also kept most of the boarders from hanging around office builds and strip malls etc..

A few of shots of the Calgary one
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2343/2482089934_ccdf7dd925_o.jpg
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/18/23648936_216962ff4a_b.jpg
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http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1383/1357170966_868604a723_o.jpg

vid
Aug 7, 2009, 9:19 PM
Thunder Bay's skate park wasn't even finished and people were using it. At the middle of the night in January kids were shovelling it off and just skating around the incomplete parts.

I haven't gone by to take pictures of it yet.

WhipperSnapper
Aug 8, 2009, 1:31 AM
I see many using Toronto's still incomplete piece de resistance which has to be three years behind schedule.

le calmar
Aug 8, 2009, 2:27 AM
I'm no expert, but I think Montreal's principal skate park is indoors (Le Taz)

http://www.taz.ca/pls/htmldb/adu?p=732889919071581043
taz.ca

1ajs
Aug 8, 2009, 7:08 AM
wow the calgary one looks sick dam i need to get out there again blah :( 4yrs is way to long

SteelTown
Aug 8, 2009, 8:42 PM
Built a brand new skate park in Hamilton right next to a new Police station at Turner Park haha.

mersar
Aug 8, 2009, 9:59 PM
We built a new one in Cochrane a few years back, the previous one consisted of a bunch of wooden ramps on one of the outdoor ice rinks during the summer, the new one is more akin to what most larger parks are, and when I drove by it about an hour ago there were probably over 100 people using it. Its not uncommon to see a group using it even at night, theres minimal lighting (really enough so that the RCMP can see if theres actually someone in the park) so they'll usually line up a couple cars facing it and turn on the head lights to light the park up.

Dylan Leblanc
Aug 9, 2009, 4:26 AM
is it still cool to skateboard if your parents come to watch you?

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2260/1501587431_c84e8d2121_b.jpg

1ajs
Aug 9, 2009, 9:50 AM
see hat alot here dylan with the younger kids who come out bmx or board

they don't seem to mind its all injoying them selfs and working on their thing