It’s officially Skateboarding Week in Vancouver June 15-22

chris at 3:44 pm on Monday, June 15, 2009
Tagged: Events,Press Release


This week officially declared “Vancouver Skateboard week” (June 15-22, 2009) by Mayor Gregor Robertson

For immediate release
June 15, 2009

With this upcoming Sunday being Go Skateboarding Day and Emerica’s Wild in the Streets, we’ve had the City of Vancouver officially declare this week, June 15-22 as “Skateboarding Week”.

Tonight at 7pm, at the beginning of the regular Park Board meeting, Commissioner Sarah Blyth will read out the official proclamation declaring it Skateboard Week on behalf of Mayor Gregor Robertson and the City of Vancouver. If you happen to be rolling by the Park Board office, come on by for Sarah’s reading.

Here’s a quote from Commissioner Blyth:

“Skateboarding has come so far. Only ten years ago it was illegal to skateboard in the streets, skateboards were being confiscated and ticketing boarders. Skateboarders were buying boards with no place to use them.

We are now are working from a skateboard strategy to give skaters alternatives. In the past ten years we have seen 6 new parks and a relaxation of the ban on skateboarding in the streets. Vancouver is now a meccaa for skateboarding and people come from all over the world to use our skateboard parks. This year we will see another skateboard park at Kensington Community Center. I would also like to see an indoor youth facility to accomodate, skateboarding, BMX and rollerskating for the rainy months.”

Earlier in the year the Park Board voted unanimously to approve the motion for the skatepark at Kensington Community Centre, to add to the achievements of the VSBC, which have past successes such as the Hastings Skatepark, the Downtown Plaza skatepark as well as relaxing the skateboard laws in the city of Vancouver.

“10 years ago kids were getting tickets, getting their boards confiscated, and there was nowhere to skate except for China Creek. It’s great to see the Park Board looking at what kids are doing today, and trying to support that, to keep the kids active and engaged” says Chris Young, a director with the VSBC since 2000.

A couple of lines from the official proclamation:

WHEREAS this year, 15 professional skateboarders will be joining over 5,000 young and old skateboarders around the city to celebrate their passion during the annual Go Skateboard Day, which will feature events throughout the city.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Gregor Robertson, on behalf of the City of Vancouver, do hereby proclaim June 15 – 22, 2009 as “Skateboarding Week” to recognize the importance of this sport in our city.

It’s times like this when we’d like to acknowledge the hard work of those on the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition, as well as the tireless work from those at City Hall, the Vancouver Park Board – both at the Commissioner’s level, and also at the staff level, including Piet Rutgers, and especially Mark Vulliamy for dedicating the past decade to our cause. Past Park Board Commissioners we’d also like to take time out to thank include Alan DeGenova and Lindsay Popes. If it weren’t for all of these people, I can assure you Vancouver would not be the skate mecca that it’s known as today. So, much thanks go out to you all.

Skateboarding week ends with “Wild In The Streets” on Sunday, June 21st. You can learn more about that here, which takes place on Go Skateboarding Day, and you can learn more about that on the Go Skateboarding Day website.

You can learn more about the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition at our website:

Travis Cutler, VSBC Director
email  travis [at]

Chris Young, VSBC Director
email: chris [at]

8 comments/responses

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June 15, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

[…] Blyth says the city and VSBC is working on a skateboard strategy to improve their skateboarders’ situation. So far there has been a great deal of progress. Over the past ten years six new parks have been created. The relaxation on the ban on skateboarding in the streets has turned the city into a Mecca for skateboarders. [VSBC] […]

Comment - kk

June 16, 2009 @ 12:17 am

Nice work. Rad to see Jay Balmer/Larry Campbell’s initiative brought back to life. Congrats!!

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June 16, 2009 @ 12:28 am


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Comment - Arron

June 16, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

i am moving out of the US after hearing this. Vancouver here i come 🙂

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June 16, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

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June 17, 2009 @ 12:53 am

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June 17, 2009 @ 11:26 am

Skateboard Week In Vancouver…

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Comment - C_Mac

June 20, 2009 @ 10:46 am

It’s great to see Skateboard week continuing in Vancouver! Great work V.S.C.! And Great work Vancouver! We should all feel a little prouder to live here!

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