A long way from clay wheels
Skateboarding has come a long way since the sidewalk surfing days of the early 1960s. In fact, skateboarding has come a long way since last year.
On Tuesday night, a small group of skateboard enthusiasts gathered at the Hume Hotel for a brainstorming session with skatepark designer New Line Skateparks. With land adjacent to the Nelson and District Community Complex now secured, the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skatepark Society is moving ahead with its design process.
In his presentation, New Line vice-president Trevor Morgan unveiled an incredible array of possibilities for locals to ponder. The Vancouver-based design and construction company is behind more than 100 skateparks from Surrey to Sweden (you can check some of them out at newlineskateparks.com).
After the powerpoint dimmed and the discussion began, one thing was clear: the creativity and beauty of the modern skatepark is impressive. These concrete creations are not to be stashed away in some dark corner of town. They can be a showcase for a community and a bustling hub of activity.
Local outdoor skatepark advocates have plenty to get excited about. Though still in the early stages — plenty of cash still needs to be fundraised — the glimpse into the future is something the whole community should now get behind.
This project has been a long time coming and has seen the board slipped from under its shoes too many times. The political bumbling is now ancient history, but community leaders at City Hall and beyond need to make sure the youth get the support they need to make this happen soon.
It’s clear what will be built on the 10,000 square foot plot is not what grandpa used to ride with his clay wheels. If done correctly and with the proper support, this outdoor facility will become a source of pride for the entire community.
— Nelson Star