House of Vans Toronto 2022
The Great Hall
VANS was back with HoV featuring bands, workshops, a community market and of course...A Skatepark.
My 500th skatepark.
BGC Kawarthas Skatepark
107 Lindsay St N off George St W
The Boys & Girls Club got a sweet outdoor, public concrete skatepark. I had to get there on a midnight mission to skate it before the snow. Park 499!
Strathroy All-wheels Park
334 Metcalfe Street W, Strathroy
Going over budget at $900000 and taking SIX months to complete, the Strathroy All-wheels Park is now open to some less than stellar reviews by the locals I spoke with.
The bowl didn't have any of the additional features
This made it harder to hit. The concrete work here is questionable, lumpy and sometimes rough/sometimes slick. There was already a hitching post rail in the park so the reason for this being here must have to do with the brick bank. Oh yeah, the brick bank was changed to the no-ping QP.
With all these issues I still tore this park up. Would I go back? Probably not. Would I recommend avoiding the park? No. If you are considering using this company you should definitely compare this to other modern skateparks.
You can do that HERE
Their Best & Worst...
to the best of my knowledge.
I've been to 500 skateparks and I do my best to find out all about them. I try to learn about the designers, build crews and the history of Advocacy, City Council involvement and construction. Some parks are designed by one company and built by another. Sometimes a park is built by General Contractors with mixed results (most are pretty competent, getting better with each project OR the GC subcontracts to a skatepark expert).
I have done my best to validate the following claims but (for legal reasons) this is an opinion piece. Additionally, a project may have come out poorly due to reasons outside of the company's control(I'll do my best to explain). Municipal Rules sometimes prevent a Design Company from bidding on the Build part of the project. I'm limiting this article to Ontario Projects.
New Line Skateparks
Difficult to choose as New Line has been a leader in quality skateparks for 20 years. I'll go with the Newmarket Outdoor Skatepark. It's modern with good amenities.