The world’s largest skatepark will open on September 30th, 2000 as part of Shaw Millennium Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The $1.8 million concrete park has it all from a beginner streetscape to a 30′ full-pipe, it’s open 24 hours a day and it’s free.
The 63,000 square foot concrete skatepark includes 3 distinct areas, The Intro Park, Central Park and Expert Park. Jay Balmer, Associate Producer / Designer of Slam City Jam, and Jim Barnum of Spectrum Skatepark Creations worked with the Fellowship of Calgary Skateboarders to create a park with something for everyone – Beginner to Expert – Street Skater to Bowl Rider:
–The Intro Park includes low-level stairs, roll-on rails, lots of ledges, curbs and banked bowl area with a small pyramid that’s super skatable.
–The Central Park covers a 6′ bowled halfpipe with a spine, large pyramid, funbox, banks, hips, huge roll-ins, wallrides and a huge selection of stairs, rails & ledges
–The Expert Park stands alone with large jumpbox, 7′ spine, quarter pipe and bank combinations, a sweet 3 bowled clover and the vert bowl with 9′ and 13′ sections and the 30′ full-pipe (seriously).
— A snake run will be added next summer as part of phase 2 bringing the total area to over 74,000 s.f.
The Calgary Skatepark takes public skate facilities to a new level. This park is in a high profile, central location and as part of large city park it will be a showcase for skateboarding. There are grass viewing areas all around and even a pedestrian bridge over the Central Park so everyone can check out the action in the Expert Area. Other areas of Shaw Millennium Park include a Family park with a waterfall and fountain, playing fields, stage, clock tower and the Landmark Building that will shoot a tower of lazers into the sky during special events.
Ellis-Don Construction and Concreate are constructing the park under the supervision of Jay Balmer with the support of Jim Barnum’s extensive experience. Concreate’s portfolio includes the construction of the Lake Placid bobsled run for the Goodwill Games. This park is going to be good.
Teams and companies who would like to be a part of the Grand Opening can contact Jay Balmer via firstname.lastname@example.org.