Quilchena Skateboard Park Update

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

Words by Sam Woodbridge

Quilchena Skateboard Park has been renewed and repaired!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vancouver Skateboarding Guestagrammer Kaelen Morrison

Norma at 8:38 pm on Friday, January 5, 2018
Tagged: Update

Kaelen Morrison is a photographer from Ladner. “Skateboarding has always been really interesting for me especially shooting it. The atmosphere that it gives off is like nothing else, I love it!”

Andy Anderson air walks the 7 at the Vancouver Skate Plaza
on Go Skate Day 2017.

Sheatherz heavy nose blunt slides across a crusty bank on
East Hastings st.

Tshawn Cope nose grinds some marble ledges at the
playground known as UBC.

Austin Doquiatan back tails a buttery curved ledge at Charles
Dickens elementary.

Callum Derrig throws down a bs feeble at Alpha rail for his
upcoming part in the Acronym video.

Justice Wilson one foots it at the legendary DIY park Leeside.

Dolan Slingsby 360 flips at the Vancouver Georgia banks.

Would you like to be a guestagrammer contact us via Instagram. 

 

AGM – 2017 Board of Directors

Norma at 7:56 pm on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Tagged: News,Press Release,Update

In April we hosted our AGM, where we reviewed 2016  and elected this year’s Board of Directors, we are happy to announce the new board.

The results are as follows:

President: Jeff Cole
Vice President: Michelle Pezel
Secretary /Treasurer: Kristen Landry
Director of Events: Melanie Mercier
Director of Marketing and Communications: Norma Ibarra
Executive Members: Will Pearson, Spencer Hamilton and Geoff Dermer
Members at Large
Jesse Oye,  Micheal Gordon, Sasha Van Stavel, Bill Silver, Chris Young
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We at the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition would like to thank our extraordinary skateboard community at large for their continued support .

 

Vancouver Skateboard Plaza Survey

Norma at 9:37 pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Tagged: Update

The Park Board and the City of Vancouver are undertaking a survey for the planning of the area around the Vancouver Downtown Skateboard Plaza.

They want to hear from plaza users right now to get a good understanding of our needs, wants and expectations, in our quest for a better Plaza.

The survey can be completed online here.

Skates hosts will also be at the Plaza between October 15th and 29th to gather information from Plaza skaters. Please fill up the survey,  pass it on share the survey.

Let’s not hope for the best future plaza but get our best future plaza !!

The Vancouver Skateboard Coalition
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3rd Annual UBC Skate Comp

Norma at 5:05 pm on Sunday, October 9, 2016
Tagged: Update

The 3rd Annual UBC Skate Calendar Skate Jam took place last September 22th.  Thank you to everyone who organized this event.  Looking forward to the next UBC Skate event coming soon!

Video Luke Strahm

https://www.facebook.com/UBCskate/videos/1066964253416737/

Photos: Jack Hauen

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It’s Skateboarding important to you?

Norma at 4:29 pm on Saturday, October 1, 2016
Tagged: Press Release,Update
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The Vancouver Skateboard Coalition Needs Your Help!!!
Please write to our city officials and say why skateboarding is important to you and how Vancouver can better serve its skateboard community.
Who to Contact:
Suggested Topics to Discuss:
– How skateboarding/skateparks have been of value to you, your children, or your community
– Need for more skateparks (e.g., the proposed space at Jonathan Rogers Park)
– Need for a broader geographic distribution of skateparks in Vancouver (e.g., a new skatepark in Vancouver’s West Side)
– Need for programming (e.g., lessons) and/or supervision at skateparks
– Importance of preserving, maintaining, or upgrading existing skateparks (e.g., performing repairs and adding obstacles to China Creek)
If you have any questions please contact us at president@vsbc.ca or facebook.com/VancouverSkateboardCoalition

aSymmetry Project

Norma at 6:21 pm on Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tagged: Update

When Dan Manchee was preparing to return to Canada, prescription he ask Michael Schafer to paint a deck to help him remember his time in Mammoth. While discussing the idea the 2 agreed that there was something unsettling about painting a skateboard and then simply hanging on the wall, skateboards are meant to be skated.

This was the spark ignited the aSymmetry Project.  The aSymmetry Project set out to merge the worlds of art and skateboarding. Together artists and skaters engaged in a process of creation, transformation and destruction.

Here some photos from the exhibition day in Vancouver on August 12th

Photos by Norma Ibarra @LaPir0

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Bowl Series 2016 Final Stage

Norma at 12:54 pm on Monday, August 22, 2016
Tagged: Update

Photos & Words: Norma Ibarra @Lapir0

Summer flew by and August 21st week marked the end of the 22th Bowl Series at the Whistler Bowl. Every year a King and Queen of the Bowls tittle are awarded and this year the honour goes to Cam Mc Gregor and Carrie Williams! Congratulations!!

To check the full photo album visit here.

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Mel - Whistler

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