Tofino Skatepark Update
by Miche Milford, Tofino
There are so many reasons to love the month of March. Days are getting
longer and warmer, and trees are in blossom signifying our long march
towards spring drawing close to it’s end. This March is exceptionally
special, for many years have passed us by waiting for the start of
this particular spring. On March 15, 2005 the crew from New Line Skateparks
will arrive and start to work on our new skatepark!
During this winter season the skatepark has drifted out of the spotlight,
but we have, by no means, been sitting idle. Over the past few months
we have been busy getting the final pieces in place so when New Line
arrives they can smoothly set to work doing what they do best, and
that’s building perfect world renowned skateparks.
By the time you are reading this article, work on the park will be
well on its way. On Feb. 23rd, R.J. (New Line’s job foreman,
who happens to be as good at riding a skateboard as building world
class skateparks) and Kyle (New Line’s founder and a person with
a passion and love for the sport of skateboarding that has driven him
to be one of the world’s leaders in skatepark building) will
be arriving to finish off the rough layout and start laying down some
After their departure we will follow their lead and finish off the
drainage and rough layout so it is ready for the crew’s arrival
on March 15th. Once the crew has arrived and settled in they will set
to work doing the fine shaping of the park’s bowls and obstacles.
The next step is to start laying down an extensive rebar grid over
the contours they have laid out. Then the concrete will start to flow
around April 1st, and continue for 4 - 6 weeks. Following that all
the fine tuning will be done ie; ledges, rails, landscaping and any
other finishing touches that are needed. If all goes as planned, which
ofcourse it will, we will be playing games of s.ka.t.e on the down
ledges by June 1st, 2005.
The start of the construction has sparked renewed enthusiasm for the
skatepark; with each passing day that spark is slowly becoming a flame
as you see the excitement building around the community. I find myself
talking with more and more people everyday who are so stoked (and maybe
somewhat shocked!) that this project is becoming a reality. This excitement
is not only found in our community members but also in the New Line
crew, coining the Tuff City Skatepark the “Holy Grail” of
skatepark jobs. They cannot wait to get up here and build a beautiful
skatepark, surf, hang out at the beach, and just enjoy all that Tofino
has to offer. So, when you see the crew in the water give them lots
of waves, because the waves they are giving us we can ride forever.
Miche Milford has been a part of the Tofino Skatepark Committee for three
years. Reach him for more info or with support and donations at 250.725.2072.
Tofino Skatepark update by Miche Milford from the Tofino Skatepark committee for Tofino Time Magazine in March 2005.