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posted June 8, 2006

Unexpected Skateboard Park Arrives

The skateboard park at Scadding Court (Bathurst and Dundas) had to be removed for the summer because the ice rink there is being torn up and replaced. So all the wooden forms were set up at Christie Pits on the rink there. But Christie Rink has no drainage, so with the first big rain it turned into Christie Lake. The skateboard ramps began to swell from sitting in three inches of water, and it became clear that if the equipment wasn’t moved soon, it would be seriously damaged. But where to move it in the west end? Wallace Rink is also going to be torn up this summer; Campbell Rink is not supervised against vandals. Dave Hains, the Recreation supervisor in charge of the skateboard equipment, talked to Tino DeCastro, the Recreation supervisor for the west. They made an emergency decision to move the equipment to Dufferin Rink just for this summer. After the rain damage is repaired, some of the equipment will be set up on the western two-thirds of the pleasure-skating rink. That leaves the east part of that rink for the basketball-players at the two new hoops.

The bad news is that there may some extra noise. However, once the set-ups are done, park staff will lock the gates at night and also monitor noise complaints closely. To report problems, leave a message on the park phone: 416 392-0913, or e-mail

The good news is that kids’ skateboard camps come with the set-up, for children aged 8-12. They are two 5-day sessions (July 17 and July 24) with half the day at the skate park and the other half spent swimming at Alex Duff pool and play games at Bob Abate CRC, for $128. There’s also one ten-day session starting July 31, for $230. From their brochure:

“Responsible skating is stressed in every lesson. Beginners will learn skate boarding mechanics and basic skills such as balance, carving, riding transitions, and dropping-in. Advanced skaters learn grinds, ollies, and airs and have a chance to learn on the larger ramps. Skaters are assessed on the first day.”

For more information or to register, call the Bob Abate Community Recreation Centre at 416 392-0744.

There’s also plenty of time to use the skate park unscheduled. But nobody gets in there after 11 p.m.

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