Vancouver’s voice for skateboarding

The mission of the Vancouver Skateboarding Coalition is to act as an entity that is accessible to all skateboarders, promoting unity throughout our city’s diverse skateboard scene and taking a proactive role in creating and maintaining a safe, fun environment that all of Vancouver’s skateboarders can enjoy for years to come.

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chris at 3:03 pm on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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Hi everybody! The Vancouver Skateboard Coalition is as active as we’ve always been, stay connected by following our social channels for all the latest news and info!

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Art Gallery Meeting

Norma at 3:06 pm on Tuesday, July 24, 2018
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Geoff Dermer, Sasha , Mike and Jen (the City Engineer) organized a meeting with downtown skaters in the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza. Here are a couple of pics of the VAG North dialogue with City staff…about long-term how skateboarding could be part of the VAG North Plaza.

Stay tuned for more information about this matter.

Go Skate Day – 2018

Norma at 10:45 am on Monday, June 25, 2018
Tagged: Update

The streets were lit in Vancouver for 2018’s Go Skateboarding Day and Kaelen Morrison captured some of the action.

Barriers are here to stay!

Norma at 11:51 am on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Tagged: Update

We are absolutely delighted to announce that yesterday June 19th, 2018 after a meeting with the City of Vancouver,  the barriers located in the back of Centre Distribution are allowed to stay!

Thank you so much to each and every person who signed the petition and the team at Centre Distribution and Red Dragons for pushing this initiative.  

Thank you again to everyone for the amazing support, we are truly grateful that you chose to add your voice in the community and that we together we can see positive change in our city. 

 

Car Free Day 2018

Norma at 11:26 am on Monday, June 18, 2018
Tagged: Events,Update

Thousands of people came out to flood  Vancouver’s Main Street this past June 17 to bask in the sun and celebrate Car-Free Day.

As is our annual tradition, The Vancouver Skateboard Coalition once again set up a mini ramp and a selection of obstacles and ramps on the hill of 14th and Main with the goal of promoting skateboarding, stoking people out and sharing the love of riding on 4 wheels.

Thanks to Michelle Pezel and Jeff Cole for helping to coordinate the day, to all those who helped set-up and take down and move the ramps, and to everyone who came out throughout the day to lend a hand in keeping the good times and the love of skateboarding flowing.

Next year the VSBC wants to make our contribution to Main Street Car Free Day even better. We will be looking throughout the year for more obstacles and volunteers,  so let us know if you want to be involved.

 

Photos by Jeff Cole and Norma Ibarra

Interim Northeast False Creek skate plaza

Norma at 5:42 pm on Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tagged: News

Big News for Skateboarders in Vancouver.

The City of Vancouver has finally revealed details about its plans to remove the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts and build a new 11-acre park in northeast False Creek.

Sadly, this means the Vancouver Skateboard Plaza is slated to be removed in early 2019

But … don’t fear !!!!!

The Vancouver Park Board is planning an interim skateboard plaza, that will act as a stand-in for the Downtown Skate Plaza, until they build us a new Plaza 2.0.

The proposed location for this new interim park is under the Cambie Bridge at Cambie St and W 2nd Ave.

The Parks Board is reaching out to and asking to hear from the skateboarding community and the public as they design this exciting new space!

Open House’s begin on :

Saturday, March 8 – 4pm – 8pm
Cambie Street site (corner of Cambie and W 2nd, at the base of the Cambie

Saturday, April 7 – 1pm – 4pm
Skate the Plaza with Daniel Yabar
Vancouver Skate Plaza
“Come and skate the world famous Vancouver Skate Plaza with skatepark designer Daniel Yabar.”

Click here for more details on upcoming open houses, design workshops, and a series of stakeholder meetings.

Announcing the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING for VSBC

Norma at 8:34 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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It’s time to elect our board members for 2018

Come out to Antisocial Skateshop ( 2337 Main St, Vancouver, BC )

Wednesday, March 7th  from 7pm to 9pm 

 Positions up for election are:

-President.

-Vice President.

-Secretary / Treasurer.

-Director of Marketing. 

-Executive Members 

-Members at Large. 

Come help steer the next generation of skateparks, skatespots and culture through the upcoming year. 

Quilchena Skateboard Park Update

Norma at 8:25 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tagged: Update

Words by Sam Woodbridge

Quilchena Skateboard Park has been renewed and repaired!

Located at West 30th and Magnolia, Quilchena is the only skatepark located in Vancouver’s Westside.

Centrally located between Kitsilano, Dunbar, and Kerrisdale the park has served as hub for many of the Westside Vancouver skaters since its creation in 2001.

Originally built with limited number of obstacles such as ledges, banks and a flat bar, the park, prior to renovations,  was generally felt to be lacking, and dated, and many of the existing features themselves were considered ( by modern standards) to be  far from perfect and drastically in need of maintenance and repair.

Early fall 2017, conversations began between The Vancouver Park Board, New Line Skateboard Parks, The VSBC and a select group of active community members.

Through a series of following meetings and design consultations, a plan and design are agreed upon to renovate, modernize and add to the pre-existing facility.

October 2017, the contract for the renovations to Quilchena Skateboard Park is awarded to and all work is to be completed by New Line Skateboard Parks.

Construction begins November 2017 and one month later at the beginning of December the park is finished and reopened to skateboarders and the general public.

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Landscaping immediately around the perimeter of the space is scheduled by The Parks Board to completed this coming spring.

The new renovated Skatepark now features an expansion of the park by a few meters, making room for a brand new “long ledge” bordering the edge of the space on the west side of the facility.

This new extension of surface also allows skateable access to both sides of the pre-existing granite ledge.

The steep bank located at the southern end of the skatepark has been replaced with a quarter pipe, with a hip and roll-in.

The centrepiece of the skatepark has been remodeled from a steeper  “wall ride”; style bank with ledge sticking out of it,  to a mellower more accessible bank, and the “inset ledge” has been rebuilt to stick out further from the bank so it can be better used.

The north side of the skatepark, which originally was primarily used as a flat ground area;  now contains a new slappy curb and DIY style quarter pipe with hand poured coping and two bowled corners.

Finally, skateboarders living on the Westside of Vancouver after years of trekking to UBC, Hastings , The Plaza or elsewhere in the lower mainland, have a facility in their neighbourhood that is versatile, well rounded and meets the demands of modern-day skateboarding.

The VSBC is excited to be apart of these changes that have brought about a rejuvenation and excitement to what was once one of Vancouver’s most underused skateboard parks.

Vancouver Skateboarding Strategy

Norma at 12:58 pm on Monday, January 15, 2018
Tagged: News

After ongoing consultation with the VSBC, the Vancouver Park Board commissioners introduced a motion to vote on creating a new “Skateboard Strategy” for the city. On July 24, 2017 that motion was unanimously approved. 

This decision signifies a commitment from our city to create a framework for achieving an effective city-wide network of skateboard amenities.

A Skateboard Strategy will help create new skateboard parks, improve existing ones, and promote skateboarding in Vancouver.

The VSBC would like to thank the Vancouver Park Board, everyone who wrote letters of support, and anyone else who helped make this happen.

We look forward to working with the city to map out this strategy. 

 

 

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