Victoria Skateboard Association, Coun. Jeremy Loveday and some members of Quadra Village Community Association are hoping the city builds a new skatepark in Victoria. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Victoria skateboard advocates push for new skate park

Crystal Pool, Topaz Park being eyed for second location

Local skateboarders are mobilizing to push for a new skatepark in Victoria.

Vic West Park, built in 1992, was upgraded this summer to the excitement of local skateboarders, but that doesn’t negate the need for additional parks in other parts of the city, says a local skateboarding group.

The Crystal Pool area and Topaz Park are being eyed as potential sites for another “all wheels” park in the city.

Coun. Jeremy Loveday is on board with the skateboarders’ pitch for a second location. He forwarded a motion last month asking city staff to report on the implications of including a new skatepark in the 2018 budget. He said he’s been working with residents, youth, skateboarders and advocates to find another location in the eastern part of the city for young people to practice the sport safely.

“There has been an ever-increasing need for places for people to go and do these activities. If you look at Vic West and the youth park there, it is well-used and well-loved,” he said. “Skateboarding is going to be in the 2020 Olympics, and that’s going to bring skateboarding as a sport to the forefront.”

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Loveday added that youth are currently skateboarding and riding scooters on the street in Quadra Village on Kings Road, which can often be unsafe.

Building a second location at Topaz Park would give them a place to play off the streets.

Jimmy Miller, head of the the Victoria Skateboard Association, has been skateboarding almost 30 years. He said those who enjoy the sport – youth in particular – would benefit from a second location. “This skatepark is so busy in the summer months,” he said. “I think it’s time with the expansion of Victoria and the urban densification to get more amenities closer to kids that need them.”

He thinks young people enjoy the sport because of the adrenaline and the endorphins, but there are other reasons it can be rewarding.

“It’s that sense of conquering something,” he said. “Sometimes it’s the smallest turn, or the most technical trick. Everybody’s has their own kind of take on it.”

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Wynn Campbell was at the park Tuesday evening watching her nine-year-old son ride his scooter. She said going to the skatepark is a good opportunity for him to learn from other kids, and he enjoys the challenge. A skatepark in Topaz Park would be closer to where she lives and more convenient.

“The more [skateparks] the better,” she said. “It’s a fun activity and it’s just more opportunities for kids to be active.”

The region currently has four skateparks, one each in Victoria, Esquimalt, Oak Bay and Gordon Head.

lauren.boothby@vicnews.com

 

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