Attention skaters: The highly-anticipated addition to the Whistler Skate Park is complete and now open to the public.
Measuring at over 50,000 square feet, the Whistler Skate Park is now the second largest skate park in Canada. The expansion incorporates flowy lines and street-style elements. The focus of the addition is on long lines and multiple ledges for hitting, allowing skaters to pump and flow for speed.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) also completed several other improvements to the skate park in the last week, including:
- Replacing and expanding asphalt around the phase 1 snake bowl
- Patching concrete in phase 1 of the skate park
- Lifting the tree canopy around the park to improve sightlines, safety and air flow (which helps the skate park dry out faster after rain and spring snow melt)
- Removing several cottonwood trees around the park, which reduces the amount of leaf litter removal by staff and user prior to skating
The ceremonial opening is being planned for Tuesday, June 7. Full details will be released in the coming weeks.
“Whistler’s Skate Park has a reputation as being one of the best in British Columbia, and the rejuvenation brings the park in line with recent evolutions in the sport,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “The Whistler skate community and visiting skaters have been eagerly awaiting these features to continue progressing skating within the resort community.”
Upgrades to the Whistler Skate Park have been underway since 2014, with extensive consultation with the skating community including two open houses and online design feedback through Facebook. Design was undertaken by Spectrum Skateparks Ltd. The park was constructed by EHR Contracting Limited Ltd.
The addition marks the third phase to the park, and builds off the first two phases constructed in the 1990s, including the well-known snake bowl. The expansion increases the potential for the park to host large skateboard events in the future such as a Slam City Jam.
“The project is part of the municipality’s ongoing program to invest in high quality and exciting infrastructure and programming for our visitors and community,” added the Mayor.
The rejuvenation project was made possible with $807,000 of funding from the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative and a generous donation of $100,000 from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.For more information, visit www.whistler.ca/skatepark