Tofino Skatepark Update
by Miche Milford, Tofino
By the time this magazine is in your hands, the crew from New Line
will be putting the finishing touches on our new skatepark!! Complete
with bowls, hips, ledges, rails, up gaps, and stairs, the list goes
on and on. It is hard to believe it is finally a reality.
A few of us have had the privilege of having a couple of "test" sessions
in the bowl and you will not believe how smooth and fast it is until you ride
on it with your own wheels. The speed is amazing, the lines are endless and that
was with a third of the park complete! Everyday I stop by the park once or twice
to watch it come together. With every new panel poured my pulse quickens as I
imagine skating all the new lines that open up.
It has been an incredible journey to get this project to it's finished state
with so many exciting events and fundraisers. With the completion of the park
comes our biggest event to date - the long awaited grand opening ceremony. We
have coincided the grand opening with the annual Canada day celebrations at the
Village Green. What better gift to give this beautiful country on it's birthday
than a brand new skatepark? The festivities will kick off at 1pm on Friday, July
1st and will be action packed from start to finish. In addition to the annual
beer gardens, live music and barbeque, we will also have an official ribbon cutting
ceremony, a booth with everyone's favorite Tuff City Skatepark apparel and of
course tons of amazing skaters showing us the limitless possibilities of a perfect
skatepark. After the festivities at the Village Green, we can all head to the
harbour for the Canada day fireworks and then finish the night with music, dance
and general merry making at the Legion.
Four years have past since we started this project and it is with
mixed emotions that I watch it come to an end. Of course 95% of
me is ecstatic and overwhelmed with joy, but there is still that
small part that is sad to see this very successful community project
draw to a close. Over the past four years I have had the privilege
of working with so many exceptional community members and have learned that
without people and projects like these, Tofino would be just another
tourist town with no future for its long term residents. July 1st
is not only the opening of our new skatepark but also an opportunity
for everyone to see what can be accomplished when our community
members work together to achieve a common goal.
With so many reasons to celebrate Canada day this year, I expect
to see everyone out skating, dancing, singing and eating and of
course to see our beautiful new park used by the most important
members of our community....the kids!
has been a part of the Tofino Skatepark Committee for three years. Reach him
for more info or with support and donations at 725-2072.