Eighth Street

Type of Park: Outdoor Year of Construction: 2011 Material: Concrete Ward: 3 Etobicoke-Lakeshore Size (sq. ft.): 13,300 Size (sq. m.): 1,236 Address: 160 Eighth St.

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.