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Hagersville Skatepark

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I stumbled across this skatepark last weekend. I wasn’t looking for a new spot to skate so it’s a good thing that I keep my skateboard in my trunk for occasions such as this one.

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I like the arch of this quarter-pipe. It’s also a nice height.

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There are plenty of places to do grind tricks too.

pyramid-ramp

It has the typical pyramid ramp that is standard at these concrete parks.

stairs

The stair obstacles are nice.

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Not sure what this ramp is all about.

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I like that the part is relatively free of graffiti. It’s not the best place to skate and maybe not worth your time to travel here . . .

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but if you are in the vacinity of Hagersville in Haldimand County, it’s the only place to get your skate on.

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Parkhill Skatepark Tour

Last week, I happened to be driving through Parkhill, Ontario and stumbled upon this amazing skatepark. Let’s go on a visual tour of it now.

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Parkhill Libro Skateboard Park is located at 269 McLeod Street in Parkhill, Ontario.

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This park has plenty of obstacles, some unique features, and a great flow.

brick-wall-ramp

This brick-wall quarter-pipe ramp is a neat visual and quite different from the rest of the black-top ramps.

bump-obstacle

I’m not quite sure what this one is or how to skate it.

grind-rail

This extended and curved rail is interesting.

mini-ramp

I love a park that actually has a mini-ramp!

multi-levlel-quarter-pipe

This quarter-pipe has multiple levels to it and is good for skaters of all abilities.

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When you are here, make sure you follow the rules.

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Stairs, pyramid, and flat ramps.

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This picnic-table obstacle is really cool. I haven’t seen anything like it at any skate park.

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Skateboarding is a great spectator sport. This park even has bleachers so you can sit back, relax, and take in some great skateboarding action.

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It’s worth the drive to Parkhill, Ontario, Canada.

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A Repurposed Tennis Court Becomes a Skatepark

An old and unused tennis court is the perfect place to build a new skatepark.

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I have never seen anything like this before.

But it is a great idea, don’t you think?

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This park is located in Mount Pleasant, Ontario and it has quite a few nice features.

stairs

I like the orange and blue colour scheme as well.

quarter-pipe

Here is the quarter-pipe,

pyramid

the pyramid with a grind ledge,

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the launch ramp,

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and some additional flat-land grind obstacles.

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I had a lot of fun skating in a tennis court. I’d never done that before.

It’s nice to see park spaces being revitalized and repurposed so that they can be used in new and excited ways.

Thank you, Mount Pleasant!

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Old School Skateboarding with Rodney Mullen

“Rodney Mullen, who three decades ago invented many of the tricks on which modern skateboarding is based, steps inside fashion photographer Steven Sebring’s revolutionary 360 studio for his first major release of footage in 12 years, including several never seen before moves.”

Music by Dhani Harrison
Steven Sebring: http://sebringrevolution.com/

Rodney Mullen is a pioneer of skateboarding and one of the best to ever do it. He specializes in flat-land tricks and performs them flawlessly.  He makes the board behave in ways that seem scientifically impossible.

It is so great seeing the pioneers of skateboarding still active on the boards. I love this stuff!

Ward Indoor Skatepark and Shop

Launch Ramps

Ward Skatepark and Shop is located at 199 Victoria Rd S, Guelph, ON.

Beginner Street Course

It is a warehouse style indoor facility with tons of great ramps and obstacles.

Grind Ledges

It is open year-round and offers membership and daily use passes.

Half Pipe

This is a really nice half-pipe.

Mini Mini-Ramp

This is truly a mini-ramp. I love it!

Quarter Pipes

There are all sorts of launch ramps.

View from the Half Pipe

The graffiti is a nice aesthetic touch as well.

Ward Skatepark Geulph

The park is well-designed and maintained.

Warehouse Style Skatepark

It’s worth a trip to Guelph!

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Grimsby’s Memorial Skatepark

Shayne Armstrong Skatepark

Shayne Armstrong Memorial Skatepark is located in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada.

Box and Rail

It has all the typical ramps you would expect to see at an outdoor park.

Bump Launch

The ramps and obstacles are spread out nicely to allow a great flow when skateboarding.

Grinds

There are several ledges to do grind tricks on.

Half-pipe

There are three ramps here and one of them is part of a half-pipe.

Quarter-pipe

It serves as a great mini-ramp, complete with coping on either side.

Memorial Graffiti

I like how this skatepark is relatively graffiti free. They do have a few pieces such as this one on posts just off to the side of the cement course.

Pyramid

This pyramid box is nice.

ramps

I really love skating here and I think you will too.

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Strathroy Skatepark

Strathroy Sign

Strathroy Skate Park was built by the local Optimist Club.

bumps and ledges

It’s a nice park for little kids and those just starting out.

Centre Bump

It has a large bump in the middle of the park.

DIY box

Some skaters  have added a few personal touches, including this box

DIY ledge

and this grind ledge.

One half of the half-pipe

There is also a half-pipe. It doesn’t have any coping and the two sections are a bit too far away from each other, but it’s still fun to skate.

Rail

The rail has been replaced recently as well.

Strathroy Skatepark

I wouldn’t go out of my way to skate here, but if you are in the neighbourood, it’s a nice place to skate.

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Mount Brydges Skatepark

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The Mount Brydges Optimist Skatepark has been been a staple of the town for a number of years now.

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It has all the typical ramps and obstacles you would expect to find at one of these parks.

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The pyramid at the centre of the skatepark is short and great for beginners.

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The quarter-pipe is a little too steep though.

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The ramps on either side of the park don’t have any coping bars, but there is plenty of space to zoom around on.

Overall, this is an average park. I wouldn’t recommend coming out of your way to skate here. But if you’re in town, it’s worth a stop-over.

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McLennan Skatepark – Kitchener

McLennan Park

McLennan Park is located at 901 Ottawa Street South in Kitchener, Ontario and it is quite the place to visit for an afternoon of family fun. They have a leash-free dog park, a splash pad, basketball courts, a dirt bike course, a playground, and a great skateboard park.

bowl

This is one of the few parks in the area that has a full-sized bowl.

pool ledge coping

There are places where you can skate it just like a half-pipe. It even has an extra tall wall with pool-style coping at the top.

Street Course

And for the new-era skateboarders, it has a nice street course as well.

double camel hump

The double camel humps are a lot of fun.

launch ramp

There are plenty of places to grind.

quarter-pipe

This quarter-pipe is quite nice.

stairs and grind ledge

Here is a shot of the three-step, downslope ledge, jump ramp, and incline.

stairs

These stairs are more for the advanced skateboarders.

wedge

I’ve been to this park many times and have yet to see anyone use this obstacle.

hardcore plaque

This is a great park and very enjoyable to skate. Come skate it with me some day!

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Parkdale Arena Skatepark – Hamilton, Ontario

Parkdale Arena Skatepark

Right outside of the Pat Quinn Parkdale Arena in Hamilton, Ontario is a little gem of a skatepark.

Parkdale skateboard park

It has a nice quarter-pipe, some drop ledges, and a box to grind.

Pyramid ramp

This pyramid obstacle is a nice twist on the ever-present skatepark staple.

quarter pipe

The quarter-pipe is built perfectly. It’s not too steep, has a great incline, and it easy to do all sorts of tricks on for the  beginning or amateur skateboarder.

ramp with rail

The launch ramp also has a rail built right into it.

skateboard ramp

And for those of us that prefer ledges, there is this obstacle on the other side.

Parkdale Skatepark

This was my first time here, but if I find myself in this area again, I will definitely drop in for a quick skate session.

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Delaware Lions Skatepark

Delaware Skatepark

The Delaware Lions Club has been working hard to bring a skatepark to the community for over a year now. This weekend, they officially opening the park.

Ribbon Cutting

The mayor, members of parliament, the local hockey team, the fire department, and plenty of visitors were on hand to witness the grand opening ceremonies.

Double Quarter-Pipe

The park is really nice. It has a double quarter-pipe with a small spine between them.

Launch Ramp

There are two launch ramps. This one has no coping at the top.

Rail and box

And it leads to a rail and a box to do some grinds on.

Lions Skatpark Official Opening

It was a great morning of skating, free food, and community involvement.

Pool Ledge Coping

This ledge has pool-styled coping that isn’t found in a lot of skateparks. It’s a unique feature.

Pyramid

This pyramid is a strange combination. It is close to a China Gap but is filled in with a slight curve in the middle.

Quarter-pipe

The other launch ramp is a quarter-pipe and leads towards . . .

Getting Air

a set of stairs and another down slope.

London Skateboard Co-op

Members of the London Skateboard Co-op team were on hand to perform a variety of tricks at this new park.

Delaware Skatepark is located at Lions Park just across the street from Delaware Central Public School.

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Lions Skatepark Opening Next Week

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The Delaware Lions Club has been working hard to bring a skatepark to the community. All the hard work pays off tomorrow when they unveil the park to the public for the first time.

The London Skateboard Co-op will have its team on hand and perform a demo for the spectators.

It all gets started tomorrow, Saturday September 19, 2015 at West Lions Park 20 Granville St, London, ON N6H 2B1

The event gets started at 11:00 a.m. and there will be a barbeque as well.

Hope to see you out!

NOTE – Due to the rain, this event has been moved to next Saturday September 26th

So now, you can come skate for the day and then go to the Lions Club concert “Hip-Hop in the Brydges” afterwards

Kitchener Aud Skatepark

Kitchener Aud Skatepark

This skatepark is known affectionately as The Aud.

Bowl

Located outside of The Kitchener Auditorium, it is a nice place for both the experienced skateboarder and the novice.

Box

Here is a double-layered box,

Grind

some grind rails and ledges,

Hill Ledge

and a double camel hump. It’s a little hard to see the contour of it in this photo, but it is a nice obstacle to skate. And one that I have never seen elsewhere.

Launch Ramp with Rail

Here is the launch ramp with a rail to slide or grind.

Pyramid

This pyramid has metal grind bars on it that are very nice for the beginner to experiment with.

quarter-pipe

This quarter-pipe is a little steep. It reminds me of the Widow Maker at Beasley in Hamilton.

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Doon Skatium – Kitchener’s Mobile Skatepark

Doon Skatium

Kitchener has a mobile skatepark that it sets up in various neighbourhoods throughout the city. It is called “Doon Skatium”

Doon Box

They often set up shop outside of the Pioneer Park branch of the Public Library

Doon Rail

I love this rail! It is great for beginners, since you can skate right on to it without having to olley.

Doon Fun Box

They have an array of ramps that include a fun box, quarter-pipes,

Doon Launch Ramp

a launch ramp, and more. Apparently, they have more ramps in the trailer that they can set up depending on the crowd any particular night.

Doon Mobile Skatepark

Here’s an idea of what the whole mobile park looks like when it is set up. Apparently, there were more ramps that they could have brought out as well.

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Beasley Skatepark – Hamilton

Beasley

Beasley is the first permanent outdoor skateboard park that I had ever seen.

Beasley Bowl

It’s the oldest skatepark on the entire Eastern Seaboard. People have been coming here since the mid 1980s to skate.

Bottom of the Bowl Addition'

I skated here a lot when I was a kid and it wasn’t until many years later that parks like this became commonplace.

When I skated here as a teenager, this ramp didn’t even exist. Skaters have been maintaining and improving the park for years now.

Bowl Addition

This ramp is a new addition as well. It’s only about five years old.

piano ledge

I love the look and feel of this park.

Pyramid

It was nice to get back here after all these years and enjoy a skate on a very familiar park.

quarter pipe

This is the famous Widow Maker quarter-pipe.

rail

a standard rail,

start ramp

and the launch ramp.

This weekend, they are running their 23rd Annual Sk8 Jam.

Beasley 23

It’s always a lot of fun. Hope to see you there!

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Beasley Skatepark Documentary

It’s very cool to skateboarders taking such ownership of their neighbourhood park. Beasely has such a rich history and I was there for some of it. I was sitting on the sidelines at the very skateboard competition shown in this documentary.

I went every single year, sat on my board, and watched very talented skaters do all sorts of crazy tricks. It was always a lot of fun. I miss those days. Haven’t been to the Annual Beasley Competition in years. Perhaps I should do something about that.

The 23rd Annual Sk8 Jam runs next weekend, Saturday August 15th, 2015.

Beasley 23

I’m going to do my best to get back to my hometown for this. It is always a great event! Hope to see you there!

Find out more about this park and their events from The Hamilton Skateboard Assembly Facebook Page.

Skate Port – Port Stanley’s Skatepark

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The skatepark in Port Stanley, Ontario is known as Skate Port. I love that play on words.

Kai Rasmussen

It was nice to see this plaque on the side of one of the ramps. It reads, “Dedicated to the man with a kid’s heart, who saw a dream and fulfilled it. Kai Rasmussen Skate Port”

SkatePort Box

This must be a common template. I have seen this obstacle time and time again at various skateparks.

SkatePort Launch Ramp

The ramps are very colourful at this park.

Skateport Quarter Pipe

The quarter-pipe is a little steep, in my humble opinion.

SkatePort Rail

It’s not the best park that I’ve ever been to, but it is still nice to see that we have places to skate like this all over the place in various cities and townships.

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Turner Skatepark – Hamilton, Ontario

Police Station Skatepark

Turner Skateboard Park is an amazing facility located on the Hamilton Mountain.

Clean Park No Graffiti

It is one of the only outdoor skateparks that has managed to remain graffiti free. It’s very nice to have a clean, smooth park to skate on. It’s a little thing, but I really appreciate it.

No Bikes Allowed

I also love the fact that this park is specifically for skateboarders. Bicycles are also not allowed.

Skateboard Bench Mod

This bench had been vandalized but it was probably done by a skateboard fanatic. One of the locals taught me how to use my board to take a quick break from skating.

Turner Park Bowl

The bowl is quite nice with different levels to it as well.

Turner Park Ledge

Here is a ledge to get your grind on.

Turner Park Mini-Stairs and Rail

And if you don’t like jumping a large staircase . . .

Turner Park Mini-Stairs

there is a nice starting one here.

Turner Park Rail

This rail is a little higher than I would like it to be. But plenty of skaters seemed to be doing all sorts of grinds and slides on it.

Turner Park Ramp

This park seems to cater to skaters who love to go big.

Turner Park Wing

These are interesting obstacles to skate.

Turner Skatepark Hamilton

The park is extremely clean and smooth. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that it is located directly beside a police station. Either way, I’m not complaining at all. It’s nice!

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National Go Skateboard Day!

Go Skateboard DayNational Go Skateboard Day is tomorrow!

It’s a day where skateboarders from all over the world celebrate their passion for the sport. They are special events, competitions, give-aways, and skate sessions happening all day long.

West 49 has a list of the events and competitions that are happening all throughout Canada.

I plan on attending the event at Iceland in Mississauga. Their park is beautiful and quite large. And they will be having contests throughout the afternoon based on age group. Hope they have one for old-fogies like me. They will even have some coached on hand. Maybe I can finally learn how to kickflip.

Here is one of my favourite pictures from last year.

Go Skate with a Kid

Hope to get a few new pictures tomorrow, land some good tricks, and have fun with family and friends.

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Walpole Island Skatepark

Let’s go explore the skatepark at Walpole Island First Nation.

Walpole Island Skatepark

It’s one of the first things you see when you drive over the bridge and enter the reservation.

WI Block

There are all sorts of ledges to grind.

WI Ledge

The quarter pipe is a little taller than I would like it to be. This park is made for advanced skaters though.

WI quarter pipe

I love the political graffiti on it.

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It says “Idle No More” and has a picture of a turtle on it which brings up the image of Turtle Island, an important creation story in First Nation Culture.

WI rail

It has a traditional rail to grind on,

WI ramp 2

stairs with a rail to jump or grind,

WI Ramp

and several launch ramps.

WI spine

I really enjoyed skating here yesterday afternoon and will definitely skate this park again when I am in the area next.

Hope to see you there!

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