Vancouver Skateboard Coalition Election Survey

Norma at 9:22 am on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Tagged: News,Press Release,Update

On October 20th, Vancouver residents have the opportunity to vote for 1 Mayoral, 10 Councillor, and 7 Park Board candidates.

 

The VSBC asked all 120+ candidates running in this election (with the exception of School Trustee’s) to complete a short survey on skateboarding. 53 candidates responded. We hope the responses they gave will provide you a glimpse into how each candidate, if elected, would work to support skateboarding in Vancouver. Please take the time to consider these survey results, further research the candidates, and vote on October 20th.

We asked three questions:

  1. What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?
  1. The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?
  1. Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

The VSBC values the strong working relationship that we have with our elected officials (particularly the Park Board) and hopes to continue this following the election. Thank you to all the candidates who took the time to complete the survey. We look forward to working with you after the election.

The VSBC would also like to stress the importance of voting in this election. Vancouver’s 2019-2022 capital plan has put aside $2.4 Million towards building new skateboard and bike parks. Those elected will determine how this money is spent. They also make countless other decisions that shape not only skateboarding in the city, but all facets of our lives. Please take the time to get informed and vote on October 20th. Advanced voting is also available until Oct. 17th.

Please share these results, post your favourite quotes, and all that good social network stuff that will encourage others to vote.

The Vancouver Voter’s Guide can be found here https://vancouver.ca/your-government/voters-guide.aspx

SURVEY RESULTS

All Park Board, Councillor, and Mayoral candidates were asked to complete a three-question survey. Responses are direct quotes, no edits were made. If a candidate’s name does not appear below, they Did Not Respond to the survey.

The Vancouver Skateboard Coalition is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse any of the candidates. However, the VSBC does encourage the skateboard community and public in Vancouver to consider these responses when voting in the October 20th, 2018 election.

For more information on the candidates please see the Vancouver Voters’ Guide https://vancouver.ca/your-government/voters-guide.aspx

Remember to plan your vote before heading to the polls

https://vancouver.ca/plan-your-vote/index.aspx

Park Board Commissioner Candidates

CUEVAS, Victor

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I know that skateboarding and skateboarders can have a great positive impact in the city of vancouver. I’ve been a life long skateboarder and I find skateboarding to be a great way to get around the city and a great way to stay active while having fun. One of my mandates is to improve existing structures and to find ways to ad new structures. I would especially love to see a few “mini” parks added to encourage younger children to take up skateboarding as well. I will at every opportunity speak for and advocate for skateboarders. I would even like to encourage outreach programs where experienced skateboarders work with youth in existing youth programs to help them put together their own skateboards from donated decks and parts. Would the VSBC be willing to help me with this initiative?”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“One of my main platform mandates is to encourage all vancouver citizens to vote YES to the proposed capital spending plan. On the voting ballet there will be an opportunity to vote for capital spending which I believe is integral to helping skateboarders get a more extensive network in the city through parks stewardship. I will without a doubt be the cities biggest advocate for skateboarders and I very much look forward to hearing from your coalition so that we can work together in making the network better and more extensive.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“If elected I would ask the city staff to help locate 3 possible locations for an indoor facility. I would also like to work with other groups that would also support our goal of an indoor facility. Once we locate possible locations for indoor facilities I would then bring forth a motion to obtain budgeting and finding to help bring this to reality. I have a great track record of bringing together diverse groups to accomplish goals. I will be able to work with the other parks board commissioners and council members to make sure such a facility stays top of mind.”

 

DEMERS, Dave (Green)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

While I am not one myself, I have always found that skateboarders animate, activate our urban space like few other citizens. Skateboarding seems to have evolved as the ultimate urban sport. Otherwise, I am not going to pretend to know what the community needs : the one thing I can do, however, is to promise to listen to your needs and ideas so I can then give them a voice on the Board.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

As mentioned above, I would first and foremost listen. By the very existence of this survey, it seems like the community is well organized already. I am sure you have ideas of what you need and where: this should be considered in future planning. It has always been a core value of the Green Party of Vancouver to prioritize needs of the community where they need it and I, as a Commissioner, would honour this tradition.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

An indoor skateboard facility sounds like a legitimate request. I fear it is not the duty of a Commissioner to drop in such specific request in the planning process but I would happily voice and promote such request if it were to come to me from the community…”

 

DUMONT, Camil (Green)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

I think everyone has pretty much the same value – I don’t think any one group is better or worse than any other. I like when people are getting outside, guiding community, being active and having fun. That applies as much to skateboarders as anyone else!”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I am big “community based research” person. I think understanding what a group (in this case the skateboard community) is looking to accomplish can and should direct research and policy as to how space can and should be used. That’s true for all stakeholders. Mostly you just have to ear people out and if what they’re proposing is responsive to community needs and can be executed safely & responsibly, I’m in.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“I think that could be great and I’d be open to supporting it for sure. The execution of that idea could take all sorts of different shapes so I’d have to see some sort of study, research, cost analysis and so on but the concept seems great. It rains a lot here, y’know?”

 

EDGELOW, Gregory (ProVancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

Skateboarding represents our past current and future for all ages. Skateboarding is a sport, a movement, a culture, a way of life, transportation. Skateboarding is life. Vancouver needs to embrace skateboarding like it has walking and cycling. Skateboarders should be encouraged and respected no different than bikers and walkers. We have dedicated bike lanes, dedicated walking lanes but no dedicated skateboarding areas like the city has for the others. Providing opportunity for skateboarding either as mass transportation or parks for individuals or groups to hone their craft is an investment not an expense. That said, in supporting this cause I would want the skateboarding community to manage their own to ensure they are safe, keeping that skateboarding and local areas clean and respecting noise bylaws. When we all come tot eh table with understanding, respect and education, then we will succeed. Skateboarding can help itself by providing to parks board statistical numbers of users, benefits (physical and transportation) space challenges, affordability environmental benefits. When this information is compiled and marketed, it is powerful. I am a physical activity advocate for all ages, for all activities and especially those that can double as transportation, reduce environmental deterioration and has strong historical and cultural significance. I’d want to support bringing a cool international skateboarding event to Vancouver. We could leverage sponsor dollars and gate receipts (as applicable) to invest in more skateboarding infrastructure.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

Please see first question answer. That said, an audit is needed to be completed and a master plan developed of now skateboarding can be a series of networks linking larger and smaller skateboarding hubs. Many parks have areas that are not walkable due to continual wet ground issues. I would want to review all spaces but also unused spaces under bridges or other structures that are under or not utilized. Id strike Vancouver Skateboarding infrastructure committee and add relevant skateboard community individuals that included skateboarders, reps from skateboard selling vendors, parks, community rec associations, city planning and perhaps a few key sponsors or developers. Develop a terms of reference, set out missions, vision and purpose. Set up a schedule of meeting and other activities and establish some accountabilities, deliverables and timelines. Identify an initial budget. Then move forward”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

Yes I support and indoor and outdoor or even a hybrid of a covered space. Please see Q1 and Q2 for further elaboration of what I would advocate and support. I am a proponent of investing in our recreation, sport and physical activity and skateboarding is very strong in our youth and young adults alike and has the opportunity to create a paradigm shift in how the public views its features, benefits and value to the youth, adults and community.”

 

FUOCO, Chris (Vancouver 1ST)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

As a Former Youth Program manager and Youth Services Coordinator I am a big proponent of skateboarding and believe skateboarders are a fantastic skills group of individuals that should have an opportunity to practice and show their talents. This is also considered by myself as healthy sport for life activity which we should make sure we continuously have suitable and up-to-date facilities for our skateboarding population.

I would advocate through a clear and long term facility plan, I would embrace a competitive circuit or Big Event site, I would also like to see more Parks and Rec Programs offered in conjunction with the Skate community.

Finaly I think we should cover many facilities so they can be used more during the winter months,”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I would work with the Skateboard community such as I did in the mid 1990’s in further developing the maple Ridge Youth Zone/Indoor Skate park. I believe we should work towards an “X” Games Rec Centre with BMX, Skating and other extreme New/Alternate sports and recreational activities. Perhaps the Old Forum or something like this could be a skate site?

I would work with the Skate community and Parks Board to envision the future needs for skate facilities and then make it happen as quickly as we can to get things in place now and for the many future skaters.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Yes, I was the Youth Services Coordinator for maple Ridge Parks and Recreation and was brought in back in 1993 to expand the “Youth Zone” indoor skate park which I did expand.

Vancouver is a “West Coast” City with a long standing skate culture. an indoor skate park is long overdue.

I would work with the City Government and parks Department to make this happen-I truly cannot believe we don’t have something like this yet. I would also work with the skate community and private sector to develop an endowment fund to ensure we have a sustainable funding source for future upgrades and generations.”

 

GIESBRECHT, Gwen (COPE)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I believe that skateboarders have the same value as any other citizen. I would advocate for their needs in the same way I would advocate for anyone; with consideration of balancing one groups interest equitably with others.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“Through case by case consideration of proposals and the prevailing common purpose of the whole community, through consultation that includes the skateboarding community.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“I am not opposed to an indoor facility. My efforts to make this space a reality would be determined by the space/location and degree of support in that space/location”

 

HAMILTON, Jamie Lee (IDEA Vancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

Skateboarders comprise a great culture and important to have. in our City. I would treat the skateboarding community the same as other cultural groups and ensure you receive funding to ensure you remain a vibrant part of the cultural mosaic of Vancouver.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I would engage your community and find areas which serve your community needs.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“I think that is a great idea. We once had a Rollerland which was very popular and the same could be implemented for indoor skateboarding. Perhaps an unused building at the PNE would work.”

 

HAUGEN, Margaret

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I support anyone who engages in physical activity and ecologically-friendly transportation in Vancouver. Because I am not a skateboarder myself, I would engage with that community and ask them to tell me what their needs are so that I can advocate for them.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I would bring the issue to the Park Board and advocate for more skateboard areas in our public parks and better maintenance of existing parks.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“I think that’s a great idea! Vancouver is rainy for a large portion of the year and I imagine that skateboarding in a downpour is not fun! I would raise the issue at Park Board meetings and work with the community centres to make this happen.”

 

HEBA, Leo (Yes Vancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

I’m big on sports, and recreational facilities that offer people opportunities to get active. Having diverse Park Board facilities, brings people together and facilitates opportunities for people to try and learn about different things. Skateboarding is a huge worldwide sport that allows people from all different backgrounds to easily get active. I would enjoy working with any organization that is seeking support and opportunities to expand their sport, and access to active living city wide.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

Yes, I would love to meet with and work together with partners in creating more diverse public space, like skate parks. I think it’s extremely important to have different types of public parks/outdoor spaces, and am very willing to listen and work with partners in getting more space.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

One reason or me running was to work with Community Centres, and other partners interested in sharing the space (upgrading facilities to include new types of space). I come from a gymnastics background and know how hard it is to find the appropriate space to get something set up, so being an advocate and working with CCAs is important for me. If there is demand, (and there obviously since this survey is very well organized) then I would be willing to work with people to get an indoor skate facility set up.”

 

HURLBUT, Rick (ProVancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Like any physical activity, skateboarding offers benefits that include aerobic exercise, balance andspacial acuity. Skateboarders should be accommodated no differently than cyclists, and as needs demand and space allows, be provided with purpose-built skateboarding parks. As a candidate for Park Board, I want to see facilities maintained and expanded, and support the preservation and/or replacement of the downtown skateboard plaza under the viaducts.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“Park Board depends on capital budget allotments from City Council. As parks come up for revitalization, and depending on the expressed needs of each neighbourhood, I would support the inclusion of new skateboard facilities in capital budget requests. However, the City has sole jurisdiction over road usage, but I am agreeable to advocating to Council on behalf of the skateboarding community.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Just as with the viaducts, there are underutilized spaces under other city bridges. I know this doesn’t constitute ‘indoor’ as I believe you mean, but it could be a start. There are additional options, such as configuring outdoor swimming pools to act as skateboard venues outside of the usual swimming season. I cannot think of another purpose-built indoor skateboard venue, and would need to study the concept. I am not dismissing the concept, but I do not consider myself well enough informed to render a yes/no response.”

 

IRWIN, John (COPE)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

Skateboarders are active transportation users (along with pedestrians and cyclists). Skate parks provide a place for riders to have fun, get exercise and polish their ‘tricks’. I support more skate parks for Vancouver.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

I would meet with your coalition and others to determine where these skate parks and facilities would be best located in our city’s park system.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

Yes, I support this initiative and I would work to include it in a future capital plan/new build/renovation process.”

 

KAGIS, Mathew (Work Less Party)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Skateboarders are a vibrant community, who bring a distinct culture to our city. Not to mention the healthy recreational oppurtunity it offers (ya gotta be in good shape to be a good boarder). As to advocating for the community’s needs: I believe in the “Nothing about us without us” philosophy. So I would make myself available to groups like yours and have you tell me what you need.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“Again, through consultation with the skateboard community. If you have taken the step to reach out to candidates, I’m pretty sure you have some solid ideas around what your community needs in terms of expanding our skate park network.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Yes & I would use my position to direct staff to do a feasibility, policy & cost study around crating such a facility. And again, does your organization have a proposal as to where such a facility could be created and what the cost might look like?”

 

MACKINNON, Stuart (Green)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“My experience of skateboarders and the Skateboard Coalition has shown them to be responsible fun people of all ages, incomes, and ethnicities. Skateboarders interact with each other like a family. The respect and care of each other within the community is truly impressive. Whether a novice or an experienced member, everyone is welcomed. It is this inclusivity that draws me to the community.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I would advocate for more space within our parks for skateboard activities and for a network of skate parks connected by streets that can accommodate skateboarders across the city.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“I support infrastructure that allows recreation year-round. Consulting with the actual stakeholders is the first step in determining the need for more infrastructure as well as the kind and location.”

 

RELPH, Cliff

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“There needs to be space for social groups, and skateboard parks are a good, easy to maintain place build community, and give a safe environment to help people connect and exercise. It’s important to have spaces like that, and I want there to be continued space for it.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“Upgrading and making more space for the Skateboarding community is part of the Master Plan for 2019-2022. I’m in for continuing the support. Skateboarding is in a bit of a (comparative) slump right now, but it is something that fluctuates. I’d move forward with the Master Plan which involves working towards an extensive network, and then revisit it in the future based off of demonstrated needs in early 2021.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“If demonstrated need is there. It’s just very tricky to get there with the cost of life in the city as is, and it would require work from the Skating community to prove that the need is there and that it would be financially feasible. That may not sound sexy, but Skateboarding would need to be back in the upswing to make an indoor skateboard facility happen.”

 

ROSSETTI, Massimo (Vancouver 1ST)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“As a BMX vert rider (back in the 80’s), I’ve always respected the fringe extreme sports communities. I think solo sports like skateboarding are a great way for kids (and adults alike) to stay active and healthy and involved in sports while exploring their more individualized creativity.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I would strongly be in favor of looking at suitable options to extend the network of skateboard parks, and suitable public spaces for skateboard use.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“If there was a financially feasible model of running an indoor facility, I would support it. If elected I would look to partner with companies like Vans, who currently help support local skate parks like Leeside (I own a pair of Vans Leeside) to see if we could make and indoor facility happen.”

 

ZUBKO, Cameron (Vision Vancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I believe the skateboarding community adds value to the city. Skateboarding is a sport that promotes freedom, individualism and sense of community. I will advocate for skateboarders by ensuring they get access to spaces where they can practice their sport, and create new spaces where needed.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“Park Board strategy on skate parks has been established through the Aug 2017 VanPlay consultation report which ranked skate parks as a high priority. Developing new skate parks will form part of my priorities as your next Park Board Commissioner. Process will be to identify spaces in the city, consult neighbourhoods, and implement.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Yes I support this idea, and yes I will advocate for this facility.”

 

Councilor Candidates

ALM, Kelly

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“High Value since I started skateboarding around eight years old. I want to build an indoor snow pipe and skate park next the monster sized indoor waterslide park.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I am your best person to speed things up since I do not ride a bike, I am a skater.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

It will be a part of my proposed destination water slide park.”

 

BASRA, Nycki (Vancouver 1ST)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

All residents in Vancouver are valuable and I will advocate for all residents. My nephew is a boarder, and I have spent many an afternoon taking him to skate board parks to watch him. I hope I get this right but “skateboarders have 99 other problems and skateboarding ain’t one of them.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

I will work with our partners and create more spaces for skateboarders as is needed. I think that any sport/art activity in the city needs to be supported and encouraged.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

Again, if this is what is needed (especially as it can be year round) I will work with our partners and donors to get this done. I believe that these types of activities need to be supported as keeping people active keeps them healthy and productive.”

 

BLYTH, Sarah

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Skateboarding is a important method of environmental transportation a great way for ppl to stay healthy and active. Whenever we design anything we should be looking at making space for skateboarders.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I will work with the park board and VSB to identify locations. Places for people to get active and have fun is one of my top priorities. Let’s make it happen!!!”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“As a founder of the Indoor skate board coalition and a former Clubhouse person I would work with the VSBC until we find a way. PS I love ❤️ you guys:)”

 

BUCHANAN, Barbara

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Skateboarders are diverse individuals the parks are accessible, promote safety, and make the city livable. I do health and safety.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I am running for city council and would help park board and Vancouver Skateboard Coalition to get together and hear your ideas about skateboard parks”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“This is really a park Board initiative and will help get you together,”

 

COOK, Graham

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

Much like any recreational and/or athletic group, the skateboard community provides the engagement and sense of self-expression that keep our communities worth living in. In terms of advocacy, I think the number one way is to ensure that the community has a seat at the table when it comes to discussions around public amenities.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

Much like our growing network of accessible active transportation infrastructure, we need to work with Parks Board and other levels of government to ensure all areas of the city have equitable access to skateboard infrastructure.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

To be honest, I’m not incredibly familiar with what this would entail, but I believe a city like Vancouver that faces quite a few rainy months would really benefit from a facility like this. I’ll have to do further research on the steps this type of project would require.”

 

COPELAND, Cord “Ted”

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I used to be a boarderlong longgo I had one of the first GORDON & SMITH FIBERFLEX boards, I loved it but sucked at staying off the ground, boardersfor the most part bring a bit of liveliness and fun to a city and I will do all I can to ensure more boarding places are made available”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“You guys come see me, show me want you want and where you want it and by god I will make sure that it gets done, but you must promise me that you will be respectful of the area these parks are in, the areas kept clean and if there are problems you will work with me to sort them out, I will fight for your right to board but if I stick my neck out for you then you must be willing to work with me, is that cool with you?”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“This is a tough one guys, I believe there should be a space for you but where would it be? I am sure you have your ideas and I would love to hear them. If we can find a place then I will do all I can to get it up and the wheels spinning, I know you have a vast community so lets tap into that and get the thing started, I look forward to hearing from you VOTE TED COPELAND INDEPENDENT IT’S OUR CITY”

 

CRELLIN, Breton (ProVancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I could tell you the value i feel skateboarding has. Which is huge it’s a sport a pastime and a means of transportation. It can bring people together from all ages and backgrounds. But the individuals? Sorry don’t feel right attributing value to a group without meeting and getting to know them. So they have the same value as anyone else no more and no less. I’m open to hear more though.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“It sounds like you already know what you want and i won’t get in the way of that, i will be here to listen to your needs and make it happen. More parks? We’ll find the room. Covered areas for the rainy seasons? Lets do it. I’m not here to tell you what you need i’m here to listen to you.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Yesi do support that. If elected i would cooperate with parkboard and a builder that you the skateboarders trusted to best serve your needs in a joint venture to build what you wanted. within reason of course. I would also like to see the direct involvement of skateboarders in the planning and creation. You should be the ones to decide the layout of rails and jumps as well as the small things that can make a building into so much more than that. Heck sometimes all it takes is a couch or two to lay on after you bail or a workbench with a few tools.”

 

CROOK, Adrian

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“As a low cost activity accessible to kids and adults, skateboarding forms part of a relatively limited pool of inexpensive outdoor activities available to city residents. As a father of five kids myself, finding these sort of activities in the city is critically important, as it’s not financially sustainable for me to put kids in organized programs all day, every day. Also, the sense of belonging that comes from kids finding their “tribe,” so to speak, is invaluable.

This is not to say that skateboarding is only for kids, that just happens to be the lens I frequently view city accessibility through. It’s helpful because often city design aspects that are good for kids, are also good for people of all ages, all the way through to seniors. This is why designing our city from the standpoint of the 8-80 Cities movement is so important.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“Obviously some of this would likely fall to Park Board jurisdiction. But to whatever extent I could, as a City Councillor, foster the creation of additional skateboard parks, I’d be happy to.

It’s clear that the under viaduct skateboard park will need to be replaced as we’ll be losing that in the NEFC redevelopment. But beyond that, we should have a plan for further skate park development, much the same way we should have a minimum bike lane grid (such as what HUB has identified via their Ungap the Map initiative).

It would be extremely helpful to get your group’s thoughts on this.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“I definitely support it. As with anything, funding is the primary issue. Perhaps this could be accomplished as a Community Amenity Contribution as part of a future development, provided that development was in an area likely to be frequented by skateboarders.”

 

FALLS, Larry

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“A competitive sport that can be promoted for national and international competition.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“Educate the public by providing demonstrations and skateboard entertainment.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Fundraising through various activities that involve physical fitness and sporting events”

 

Franson, Marlo

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I recognize the value of community sports and recreation including skateboarding in Vancouver, and am aware of of our numerous parks, however, I am unsure if there needs to be more as the numbers of skateboarders is not privy to me currently. I do consider good outside activities a must for youth, I also see the transportation use of skateboards, especially with technology advancements. There is a culture and a need to not forget the community around us that keeps our city together. I would do as I am gonna do for all the arts and culture within Vancouver, by creating a new community festival around skateboarding, letting people enjoy competition, and meeting one another, bringing us all together.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

The currently False Creek re-development plans did not include anything on a skateboard park but I would ensure that if they remove it to replace it bigger and better alone with the other amenities they plan. However, rain can be an issue and a few more indoor arena areas could be built for this sport as well and maybe a look at future park locations or expansion of PNE instead of it’s removal. I can say, I will do what I can to make sure elimination of any parks comes with debate and discussion on it’s replacement. Let’s talk with the youth and see what they feel is the future requirements of skateboard parks before we continue upward the chain of decision making.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

I definitely do, how else do you avoid the rain and keep kids and youth in activity. Also we need to create our own tournaments/events to bring together all of Vancouver. We will be able to pay for it through events and other Arts related activities attached to the indoor Arena.”

 

FRY, Pete (Green)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Exercise and skill development obviously.

Community development is another big (but under appreciated by many) value. I have decades long friendships from the China Creek scene, and I know that underlying multi-generational values and teaching like sharing and camaraderie can come from skate parks, where things are a lot less judge-y especially for kids who may not fit in to the “mainstream” mold.

Cultural and Economic development is another value, via art and tourism, but also through creating a scene and nurturing successful local entrepreneur-types like PD and Sluggo.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“Some of this might be more a Park and Recreation Board than City Council issue.

I do see an opportunity to streamline licensing and by-laws for indoor skate areas. also considering skateboard facilities as a public benefit on new developments as applicable. I’m curious about city spots that aren’t parks per se that might be purposed for street skating (like Burnside in Portland), without necessarily folding into Park Board jurisdiction (like the Plaza under the viaduct).

These sorts of ideas would be best coming as recommendations from an (all ages, user-led) Skateboard task force, which I would be supportive of creating to help with needs assessment and strategic planning for more, diverse and wider located facilities,”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Yes, as above this might be an opportunity where city council could help, either with permits and licensing or through allocation of public benefits. As above, would be best determined by a skateboard task force.”

 

GOODRICH, Justin P. (NPA)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Huge value! A friends of mine is actually a professional skateboarder and without a question it creates a great opportunity for community building. As to how I would advocate… I’d use my platform as a City Councillor to try and debunk all the negative stereotypes around skateboarders. People have preconceived notions and we need to change those!”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“The challenge with this question is that it’s not necessarily within the purview of the City (other than perhaps zoning). It’s more so in the purview of the Parks Board. What I could do is to make sure I work collaboratively with fellow NPA colleagues who sit on the Park Board to champion skateboarding parks where appropriate.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Do I support it, yes. But I’m going to be very honest – space is a challenge for all the community groups within our city. So I can’t really talk about efforts without knowing the full extent of the shortages, needs, etc. Bottomline, I’ll make the effort to explore possibilities but I won’t make empty promises.”

 

GRANT, Wade

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I support skateboarders. My daughter skateboards. As a councilor I would advocate for skateboarders.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I believe these community areas provide great outlets for youth. I would advocate for more of them.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

I would join your group in looking for a suitable solution.”

 

HUGHES, Ashley

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Safety is priority, as well as diversity for long boards, short boards and regular boards. Practice areas and designated use of Bike Lanes.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“Ceative use of art installations to be interactive and multi purposeful. Extension of seawall/bike lanes connecting pedestrian arteries”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Creation of indoor and outdoor activities space with new development. Silos, poles and interactive “sculptures” for challenging and safe use”

 

Khan, Abubakar

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Skateboarding is an efficient means of transportation that can not be under valued. Not only that, but skateboarding parks bring people together in the community. With that being said, skateboarders play a crucial role in the city of Vancouver. In regards to advocating for skateboarders; I would listen to the communities needs first and foremost before moving ahead with anything.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I would sit down and connect with members of the skateboarding community to listen to why Vancouver is lacking in regards to amenities.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“I would be delighted to sit down and connect with members of the skateboarding community to discuss their needs for a space. Depending on the location and the size of the facility I would consider looking into it!”

 

KRISTIANSEN, Lisa (ProVancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

I think skate boarders should have the same opportunities for appropriate and safe use of the city’s transportation and recreational infrastructure as do bikers, baseball players, park users, swimmers etc. I would advocate for skater boarders according to the above. I think skateboarders promote a diverse and green solution to transportation as well as being inspirational in their ever evolving use of our city to improve their skills and build pop up community spaces. They make me smile and feel invigorated.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

I would advocate for skaters to have the same access to comparable transportation and recreational infrastructure as other recreational and transportation users have.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

I would support that facility.

Phase 1

After consulting with the skateboard and mega pool proponents to address their expectations for the facility I would carry out a costing exercise to compare 3 different facility options based on the following: 1) the average cost per swim over the next 10 years in the new mega pool the city is considering building 2) the average cost per skate over the next 10 years in the proposed indoor skateboard facility (the analysis of the 10 year cost would be based on a cradle to grave full cost accounting approach taking into account inflation etc.)

Phase 2

would be to bring the costing exercise results to the council table for discussion. The objections to be revealed at that point and a strategy developed to address the full set of considerations raised by the council members, and the skateboarders and swimmers for both projects. These considerations will be addressed, shared with the medial, and reported in a standardized format for the council to review.

Phase 3

Will be taking a poll of the councillors(who have carried out some consultations with their community contacts) to see if they are willing to back both projects, the pool only, or the skateboard park only, and why they are going in that/those direction(s).

Phase 4

prepare a business case to support capital project plan(s) for consideration in the capital planning process. That exercise will be a starting point for the discussion at the”

 

LI, Morning (Coalition Vancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“It’s a good sport just like biking, snowboarding, etc. I would like to suggest to build more skateboard parks in our city.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I will listen to people who are involved to this topic and then decide how to help efficiently and affordably.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“I think it’s a very good idea, just like skating and hockey facility. Again, I will listen to people who are related to this topic and then decide how to help.”

MCDOWEEL, Rob

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Immense value! Skateboarding is social, recreational and a good way to get around the city. I will advocate to ensure that skateboarders have a central park space in order to continue their boarding.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“We should have parks throughout the city. Accessible skateboard pairs should be in as many neighbourhoods as possible.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Yes. This kind of facility is important for the skateboarding community. I would work to ensure that such a facility is central and accessible, and included and approved in future capital plans.”

 

MIRZA, Raza (ProVancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Being completely honest, I’m completely normal citizen who isn’t an expert of all matter related to city hall. I skateboarding parks provide an important place for enthusiasts to practice the sport or just socialize, which in a city with very limited options to connect is very important. If elected, I will like to learn from the skateboarders community, what can be done better.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“We are now living in smaller and smaller homes, and a lot of people now use shared public spaces (parks, pools and community centres) for social gathering and staying active. Skateboard amenities provide same opportunities for skateboarders, as city owned Tennis and Basketball courts provide by enthusiasts of those sports. If there is growing need for these amenities city, I’ll advocate for them”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

Yes. North East False Plan requires viaducts to come down, if that happens skateboarder community will lose its existing park. I also acknowledge we live in rainy city, and not having an indoor park makes it unsafe and limits usage to good weather. City must provide a more options for people to enjoy the sports and activities they like. A covered skateboarding facility makes a lot of sense and should be part of replacement plan if viaducts come down.”

 

MUSSIO, Penny (Coalition Vancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I own a junior A ice hockey team and understand the promotion of physical activity is important for our youth and young adults. We all need an “outlet” and skateboarding for some provides that outlet.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I strongly believe the City of Vancouver has fallen behind on the establishment of community centers and parks. If elected, I will lobby hard for more community based facilities and I see skateboarding parks a key component of that.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

Given my focus on sports, I would lobby more community sports facilities. An in-door skateboarding facility is a necessary addition to the City.”

 

NOBLE, Penny

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

It is a great and fun way for people to get exercise and promotes a high degree of skill as well. I would like to ensure there are safe areas in the City for skateboarders.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

I would want to meet with your association as well as individual skateboards and City staff and others involved to find out what the issues are what potential solutions can be reached.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

This seems like a great idea. My nephew is a keen skateboarder and I know he is always looking for a safe place to practise his sport. I would want to know what this involves, what are the costs, where is the best central location, what is feasible and then go ahead and make it a reality.”

 

OSTLER, Stephanie (YES Vancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“They are athletes, commuters, professionals, citizens. They are a part of our community and deserve access to resources is cyclists or other people in our community do. I love skate parks. I feel they are a really great place for people to experiment, exercise and express themselves. I grew up around skate parks. I feel they often have an undeserved negative reputation as most places young people occupy do and I think they are a constructive way of people, young and old spending their time. As far as commuting we have to respect the use of skateboards on streets and create awareness and safety for skateboarders and non skateboarders alike.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“The people who use the facilities should be consulted. We do have space for more amenities and we should be considering all options. They are a safe inclusive place and should remain that way. Working with communities we can find a way to include the appropriate infrastructure in a way that is effective for everyone.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“I have not looked at the financial viability of such a space in Vancouver but I am completely in favour of more dry social spaces. We have a rainy city and it would be fair, fun and a safe option to have an indoor skate park. Given all aspects were accounted for I see no reason this wouldn’t only be doable but it would be a benefit. So lets explore that option for sure.”

 

PAZ, Tanya (Vision Vancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Skateboarding could be seen as both a recreation (tricks) and transportation. Some do one, some do both. As a recreation, skateboarding has a culture of inclusiveness, creativity, and peacefully encouraging sharing space with all abilities that benefits our city. As transportation, skateboarding is healthy, emissions free, low cost, and works well with transit taking up little space on buses and trains (for the uphill portion).

As chair of the City’s Active Transportation Policy Council, I strived for bylaw changes for 4-5 yrs that now allow skateboarders to travel in protected “bike” lanes or green lanes. Also, requiring brakes and shin/elbow/wrist pads was removed from the bylaw. I was not successful at legalizing skateboarding in painted bike lanes.

As chair of ATPC I have also asked for skate dots in different projects to encourage localized recreational skateboarding. For example, at Vernon Dr. car-free block and at upcoming Prince Edward car-free block. However, no skate dots will be installed. More understanding and encouragement of skateboarding as recreation without fear of noise, etc. in neighbourhoods is needed. I would meet with Vancouver Skateboard Coalition and other skaters to hear their needs and help to get some or all of the needs implemented.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

I would remind Park Board Commissioners that skateboarding is in demand in Vancouver and that we need more amenities in our parks to foster this sport.

As a City Councillor, I would ask for the City (Engineering Services land) to build wider bike/green lanes and more protected green lanes to encourage skateboarding as transportation. Car-free and traffic calmed streets could also include skate dots (little whooshes for locals to practice on).

Also, public spaces provided by new developments could be asked to provide such amenities. Stencilling of skater images in green lanes could increase awareness too.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

I do support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility. I would learn more about what the costs would be and where this would be most suitable to have – likely near rapid transit. More to come on this later.”

 

PORTER, Elke

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I see young people spend hours perfecting their skills and I would like to see a safe place to do so in every part of town.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“Would work with the Park Board, Community Centres and developers to make something happen.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Work with a cycling club and other groups to see who else in Vancouver wants indoor space.”

 

RAMDEEN, Katherine

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Getting around on board is a very environmentally friendly way to get around the city and that should be fostered. Skateboarding is also a passion for a lot of youth, and they need their spaces to play. I would encourage the upkeep of these parks and make sure they all have water fountains!”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I would want to sit down with the community and find out they concerns. Then work with them and the city and concerned parties to find a rational and empathetic solution for everyone.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“That’s a great idea, especially when it’s raining out and you can’t skate outside! I would want to work to build a space for skateboarders and other community interest groups that need an indoor space to thrive. Great idea!!”

 

SHUM, Erin

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“As a Park Board Commissioner I had the privelage of meeting the Skateboard Coalition to learn about the benefits of skateboard for youth and young adults. I was so grateful to see how this activity engages youth and young adults that I put forward a motion at Park Board to ensure this program is recognized and considered at any major park planning and design. As a city council candidate and if elected I will continue to stand up for programs such as Skateboard and wheel sports that supports youth and adults.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“In a city as well known as Vancouver, we should be able to host tournaments and champion level sports. I would ensure that we move towards building infrastructure that represents the needs of the community so that we can showcase the diverse community we represent. I would work with my colleagues at council and other levels of government to secure funding to help build necessary infrastructure for the skateboard community.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“In a city as rainy as Vancouver, we need to consider building infrastructure that is indoors to ensure year round use for the community. The infrastructure needs to be unique and versatile for indoor use and for other purposes to ensure it can sustain itself in other seasons. If elected, I will work with other organizations and levels of government to secure funds to find a suitable location to create an indoor facility for all skateboard and wheeled sport users.”

 

SPARK, John

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

I am not certain I would advocate on behalf of the Skateboarders Community, but I will offer this: I do support the Skateboarding Parks I have seen, and I believe they offer young people a safe place to skate, and to socialize. (That said, I recognize men and women of all ages do skateboard).”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

If elected to City Council, I would support a more extensive network of skateboard parks, but I believe the Vancouver Parks Board would have more authority on this issue than City Council itself.

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

On the face it, I can see the merits of an indoor skateboard facility, but before I could offer unqualified support, I would need to know the location, the cost, and consultation with the Community where this indoor facility would be located.

 

SPIKE, Gerald Peachey

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Skateboarders are as at least as important as everyone else and should have access to the same rights supports and privileges as anyone else, without facing the discrimination and stigma from Govt. that I know that your group has faced in the past. I am all about anti-stigma, and that is for all people. I will advocate loudly for equity in decision making processes so that would very much include your group. I know what it feels like to be left out of the conversations, and have decisions made for you and it isn’t pretty. Therefore, I intend to be the strongest voice for that equity for all that Vancouver has seen in the time that I have been here. (30 years)

If you check out my website you will see that I come firmly positioned on a platform of hope that was built with the people and the fourth key issue that people have directed me to address is:Equity in decision making. That should be right up your alley! I look forward to our communication process once I am elected, providing the people of Vancouver are willing to entrust me with amplifying their voice/your voice at City Hall.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“Whenever there is a planning session of any kind that possibly relates to your group, to the best of my ability, you,along with any other group affected by that planning session, would receive an invitation to join the discussion. Notice I did not say watch the discussion. All stakeholders should be heard at any planning session that affects them. Each and every person deserves to be heard in an inclusive society.

Your group, as well as any other stakeholders, will be asked come forward to articulate their needs in any given situation and we will work toward solutions that make all parties happy, providing the safety of all remains paramount.

We need to make sure that we always have green space and whenever a budget is brought to the table for an additional greenspace, I will advocate that greenspace and skateparks partner well together so that ideally we will budget for both each time.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“I think it is an amazing idea! Especially with a couple of the primary issues our city is facing. I will explain benefit for each separately, as I see them.

First, with our housing situation the way that it is, with so many people not having private space, it is so very important that there are as many healthy public spaces as possible for people to congregate. The popularity of skateboarding, most prominently with, but not limited to younger folks, speaks for itself. With that popularity clearly on the increase, I would have no problem advocating about the need for such a facility. An active Vancouver, is a healthier Vancouver.

Second we are in the grips of an overdose crisis/opioid poisoning nightmare that it appears there is no easy solution for. As we fight to keep our citizens alive, an indoor skatepark might just be the healthy activity that allows people to make healthier choices, rain or shine and not end up at a place emotionally where they are using drugs and isolating. Any options that allow for different choices must be considered. This is the second reason that I will be happy to advocate for such a facility if I am elected.

If you check my website you will see that everything that I have stated in my answers, I am already talking about, and that the concerns raised by your group will be addressed with ‘our’ platform. This is my city and I love it! Please vote for me and allow me to help turn Vancouver into the most accessible, equitable, awesome city on the planet!

Peace, Spike

A Vote for Spike is a Vote for the People www.votespike2018.com

 

WIEBE, Michael (Green)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“The skateboarding community needs to be recognized as a significant stakeholder in every community plan to meet their needs.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I will be supportive of the recommendations in the upcoming skateboarding strategy and ensure it is properly funded.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Yes, I would be supportive of an indoor skateboard facility to close a major recreation gap in the city.”

 

YAN, Brandon and BOYLE, Christine (OneCity)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Christine’s 4 year old just got his first skateboard, so she’s excited to be a new member of the skateboarding community.

We both believe it’s important for cities to have public spaces to gather and play. Skateboarding is a creative, fun, community-focused activity that we want people to be able to participate in, in their communities. We’re keen to advocate for skate parks in neighbourhoods across the city that are welcoming and have great design.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“One of our key platform messages is Every Neighbourhood For Everyone, which means that every neighbourhood should have housing that works for all kinds of people. But, we believe that extends beyond housing. To increase liveability, to reduce our carbon emissions, and to get people forming better friendships and relationships, we think that we need to focus on neighbourhoods. That means we’d work on improving neighbourhood spaces, including neighbourhood skate parks.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“If we hear from folks in the skateboarding community that there is support for this, we’ll be glad to work with them to explore it. Again, we’re all for things that keep people active and enjoying the city.”

 

Mayoral Candidates

BUDAY, Gölök Z

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I did it when I was younger. It is part of the colorful tapestry of the city, people having fun their way. Doing their thing in cases, some are also joiners and followers and conforming into something. Just like humanity in general. What I would do as to advocate is individual liberty, perhaps my site’s article “Stick a Gyroid on it” may also aide in Skate Park development and funding.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“That is too complicated, and if your like me you are sick of promises by politicians. I would hear out borders as with anyone else. I don’t like the idea of the individual liberty of harmlessly riding a board be criminalized, and I would fight against that. I really loved it when I did it.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Well, if it’s non-profit, it could maybe get a parking meter to help pay for it. I favor cuts to red tape and permit limitations to make it easier make these things happen. If it isn’t harming anyone, why get in it’s way. I favor keeping Government out of people’s business as much as possible.”

 

CHEN, David (ProVancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Everyone has a place in our city”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

I have witnessed skateboarding maintain its popularity and I am even thinking about trying it myself. I think there should be more skateboard parks in other residential areas and not just under the viaducts”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

I can see the merits of creating multi-activity recreational facilities that include skate boarding but will need input from your community regarding what is needed and will push to get at least one created during my term.”

 

FOGAL, Connie (IDEA Vancouver)

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Skateboarding is a healthy individual sports preference. Room for skateboarding in Vancouver is an essential part of a healthy community”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“work with this community to allocate space and funding”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“This is a good idea I am happty to support. Working withthesakteboard community to identify a preferred area and encourage Vancouver Park Board to allocate space in a park board area and provide funding..”

 

HANSEN, Mike

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I’m 63 and when I was 7 we would take our sisters clamp on steel roller skates apart, and nail them to a board! Teeth rattlingskate boarding at it’s conception. Boarding is an alternative transportation vehicle and very eco-friendly. This is also a sport of balance and skill and a riot. I don’t skate anymore but I support your wheels. Mike”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“Vancouver over built ‘bike lanes’ but put very little attention to boarders. If it getyou kids off the streets, we’ll do anything! Just kidding, I’ll do my very best to accommodate all alternative transports and their needs. Mike”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Indoor facilities are nothing new and can be put into recreational complexes. And I do plan many more! Mike”

 

LAMARCHE, Jason

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I truly believe that all skateboarders provide a tremendous value to Vancouver in the areas of athletics, culture, media, and positive youth outreach and confidence building. My official Vancouver Mayoral campaign website already has skateboarding listed as a core priority for the expansion of civic grants and awards. I am not aware of any other Mayoral candidates making such a promise to the Vancouver skateboard community in writing.

GRANTS AND AWARDS

– Sport hosting grants will be * expanded * to include skateboarding: https://mayorlamarche.wordpress.com/policies/ – Jason Lamarche / Mayor Lamarche”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“If I am elected Mayor of Vancouver I will use my position to promote more skateboard facilities with our independently elected Park Board commissioners. However, due to our rainy climate I would also work towards building a legacy indoor skateboard facility within the City of Vancouver that may operate outside the jurisdiction of the Park Board.

These efforts would demonstrate leadership in the area of local athletics because we cannot be certain what the priorities of the next Park Board will be. It would be great if the next Park Board was willing to incorporate this new indoor skateboard facility into their core list of priorities over the next four years. However, this project should move forward regardless. – Jason Lamarche / Mayor Lamarche”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“Building a world class indoor skateboard facility would be at the top of my recreational sports agenda for the City of Vancouver.

As Mayor of Vancouver I would advance this project through direct partnerships with senior skateboard community leaders such as the VSBC in conjunction with major land developers and through advocating this project to the ten City Councillors that will be elected on October 20th, 2018.

The goal would be to find a suitable location to mix this indoor skateboard facility into a new building, or to finance a new stand-alone facility as part of a Community Amenity Contribution / Development Cost Levy. This project would sign a five-ten year partnership with the City of Vancouver to ensure the project has the resources necessary to keep this project running smoothly with insurance, key staff, and instructors. Hopefully the new Park Board would be willing to play a key role in this project. Phase 1 would be focused on building the planning committee. Phase 2 would be advancing the project with the goal of launching the new indoor skateboard facility before 2022.

I fully understand that Vancouver is home to some of the best skateboarders in the world and it is about time that Vancouver recognizes this and starts to leverage our local talent to increase youth tourism and to promote healthy active lifestyles.

Like all civic projects, skateboarders will have to organize and mobilize and show the public at large that they have enough members and passion to make this project a priority. I am confident that Vancouver skateboarders can make their voices heard in this critical election. Good luck. – Jason Lamarche / Mayor Lamarche”

 

SHOTTHA, Satie

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I am not too familiar with the sport, but can imagine that this can help the sportsperson as any other sport.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“Changes need to be made as the need of the citizens, if Vancouver Skateboard community is suffering due to lack of resources it should be looked into.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“In a city like Vancouver, where it rains half of the year- indoor facilities are important. It should be part of the community centers.”

 

STEWART, Kennedy

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“I would work with your organization to understand the needs of the skateboarding community in terms of recreational space and facilities.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I would work with the skateboarding community, Parks Board and other recreational organizations to consider accessible spaces and parks around the City.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

I would review the issue and consult with your organization to make this type of space a reality for skateboarders.”

 

YANO, John

What value do you consider skateboarders to hold in the city of Vancouver and how would you help advocate for this community’s needs?

“Skateboarders are important members of our communities who deserve to have safe & accessible places to enjoy their physically active leisure pursuits. I would advocate that the Park Board have sufficient resources to build more skate parksthrough out the city and to improve services throughout the City.”

The current infrastructure of skateboard amenities in Vancouver is not extensive enough to meet the needs of Vancouver’s diverse and burgeoning skateboard community. If elected, how would you help work towards a more extensive network of skateboard parks and other spaces accessible to skateboarders?

“I would advocate to restore and increase the Park Board budget so that they can better serve the community.”

Do you support the creation of an indoor skateboard facility and if elected, what efforts would you take to making this type of space a reality?

“I would advocate for the shorter term goal of a sheltered skateboard park with a longer range goal of an indoor facility.”

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