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In 2016, the TSC was connected with Parks staff working on the design of a new park near Downsview Park. A new community was being developed and would feature a brand new community park called Stanley Greene Park. The new master planned park would include a playground, splashpad, tennis courts, a skatepark and many complimentary amenities. TSC staff shared information about skatepark design and development with staff and in June 2017 were invited to a meeting with the landscape architect and skatepark design consultant. The project was being delivered by the housing developer and would not follow the regular community consultation process typically required on parks projects. The TSC put together a small team to help advise the skatepark design. After the initial meeting, TSC staff continued dialogue with city staff and consultants as the project went through a number of major design adjustments. Construction was completed in spring 2020 and the park is now being enjoyed by the local community as well as skateboarders visiting from other areas. The design of this new skatepark has received a lot of positive feedback.
In 2015, Scarborough city Councillor Jim Karygiannis was approached by local youth with a petition in support of building a skatepark in Scarborough. The Councillor reached out to the TSC for direction on how to proceed. TSC staff shared information about skatepark design and construction with the councillors office, assisted with site selection and participated in an initial community meeting to present the idea to local residents. Fundy Bay Park was selected as it was the best site and was already scheduled for other park improvements. In 2017, funding was allocated to the project and a landscape architect and skatepark design consultant were hired to design the skatepark. TSC staff played an active role in community meetings where local skaters and residents provided feedback for the skateparks design. Construction was completed in late 2019 and there has been a lot of positive feedback about this new skatepark. A grand opening event in 2020 has been postponed. The TSC is currently advocating for a mural project to help mitigate graffiti vandalism that has been observed.
With the success of the indoor skatepark at the Malvern Arena, the local youth and skateboard club began advocating for a permanent outdoor facility in 2014. In 2015, the TSC helped secure a $500,000 budget commitment from city council for the design and construction of a permanent concrete skatepark. After assessing several sites around the city, a decision was made in 2016 to allocate the funding to Neilson Park. In 2017, a landscape architect and skatepark consultant were hired. They hosted 3 community meetings in which staff from the TSC as well as local youth participated in helping to design the skatepark. The construction documents went out to tender in early 2018 with construction completed in December 2018. The original tender went over budget and a section of the skatepark was removed. The local community is advocating for the completion of phase 2. Neilson Park Skatepark is a street style skatepark with flat banks, quarter pipes, manny pads, stairs and variety of ledges
and rails. Phase 2 will include a half-pipe and additional transitional features which will help balance out the riding experience.
This skatepark was built in early 2014 as part of the revitalization of West Lodge Park which included various park improvements. Neighbourhood consultation meetings revealed that there was demand from local youth for a public skatepark. Limited space and budget resulted in the development of a small local skatespot. It features a variety of basic precast concrete obstacles that appeal to various skill levels including ledges of varying heights, a flat bank, quarter pipe, hip, flat bar and a unique concrete wave. that appeal to local riders and gives them a safe place to ride in their neighbourhood. It is a great example of how skatespots can be integrated into smaller community parks with limited space.
This prefabricated park was built in 2012 as part of the Underpass Park revitalization by Waterfront Toronto. It offers a variety of obstacles that cater to beginner skateboarders from the local community. This park is busier in the spring and fall and when it rains as it is located under an expressway ramp which provides shelter from natural elements. It is underused for its size as skaters have a stronger preference for more challenging terrain and for skateparks made of poured concrete versus prefabricated steel. The slope of the park and the large expansion joints also make for a less than ideal riding surface. Many local skateboarders have expressed that they would prefer a permanent concrete skatepark in this space. StreetArt Toronto has improved the space with professionally painted murals by local artists.
The initial idea for a skatepark in South Etobicoke was brought forward to the councillor in 2003 by local youth that collected over 200 signatures
in support of a skatepark. The original site selected was at Colonel Sam Smith park and the concept plan included 23,000 sq. ft of skateable terrain which featured a large street plaza and bowl complex. Due to potential negative environmental impacts at this site, the location and concept for the Etobicoke district skatepark were shelved. The skatepark was subsequently scaled down and after another lengthy site selection process, it was relocated to Eight street parkette and redesigned as a 10,000 sq. ft neighbourhood skatepark which features a variety of bowl, street and transition elements. An engaged local skateboarder community played a key role in seeing this park through from concept to development. Construction was completed in July 2011. Local skaters have identified a few minor improvements that they would like to see at the park.
This prefabricated steel skatepark is built on a asphalt pad and is situated on school property. The space is leased from the TDSB by the parks department. Local youth petitioned the community and approached the local councillor to advocate for the skatepark. This style of park is suitable for beginner and intermediate riders and meets the needs of local youth.
Planning for Toronto’s largest skatepark began in 2004/2005. After many years of delay due to poor soil conditions, the first phase opened to a much anticipated crowd in 2009. It was one of the first real street style skateparks developed in Canada and it features replicas of real urban terrain that can be found in the marble plazas of Toronto’s financial district. Phase 2 was built in 2011 and features a kidney shaped pool with an 11 foot deep end and real pool coping. The TSC advocated succesfully for many years for the installation of lighting to extend the use of this busy facility. The lights were finally powered up just in time for summer 2020.
Ellesmere skatepark is the largest skatepark in Scarborough and offers a diversity of terrain that attracts beginner and advanced riders from
around Toronto and the GTA. Located beside a community centre, the site is ideal as it has good visibility and provides amenities such as parking,
washrooms and other recreational opportunities. Skateparks located adjacent to community centres also allow for city programming such as
camps and lessons. Originally designed to be much larger, the second phase was never funded.
Smithfield Skatepark was first built in 2003. It featured prefabricated ramps on an asphalt surface. The skatepark is in a busy park with other recreational facilities and amenities. Around 2016, the park was showing its age and was recommend for revitalization as part of the parks depart-ments state of good repair program. Local riders were presented with a number of design options during public consultations. The revitalized park features a new asphalt surface and a brand new ramp setup that includes a 4 ft halfpipe, and a variety of quarter pipes, banks, ledges, rails and
funboxes. A seating area has been added and the tall fencing has been removed to make the space more welcoming. Although there is a general preference for concrete skateparks, this is a good example of what can be provided with a limited budget.
This prefabricated concrete skatepark was built in 2004. It is situated adjacent to a community centre and many other park amenities and has good access to public transit and parking. The park design is typical for the era it was built and includes a small half-pipe and a variety of rails, grind ledges, banks, quarter pipes and funboxes. The skatepark appeals to beginner skateboarders and youth from the local community.
Cummer skatepark is Ideally situated beside a large recreation centre with many amenities. Built in 2001, it was the first permanent concrete skate-
park built in Toronto. It was built to meet the needs of various styles and skill levels of skateboarding. For many years it was a very popular park but
as newer, more modern parks started to pop up around Toronto and GTA it has become less of a destination park and is frequented mostly by local
riders and beginners. Although its size can accomodate a large number of riders, the outdated design leaves much to be desired and the facility is
underused for its size. There are plans in 2020 to improve the park with a large mural project similar to Eighth St. and Ashbridges Bay skateparks.
Leonard Linton skatepark was built as part of a new park and housing development in an old industrial area in Leaside. Although it is a relatively small park, the bowl and small street area provide a challenging terrain to all skill levels of riders. The skatepark is known as Vanderhoof (the Hoof) by local riders who have taken stewardship of the park and top it up with a fresh coat of paint and murals every year.