Ready for the grind: Guelph opens it's new skatepark
Guelph's Silvercreek Skatepark is officially opened.
Published Friday, June 10, 2016 2:39PM EDT
After years of hoping for it, residents in Guelph who like to skateboard, roller blade and BMX finally have a skatepark to call their own.
The Silvercreek Skatepark opened officially Thursday afternoon and has since had people on all types of wheels rolling around its obstacle course.
19-year-old Alex Van was pretty excited to have a skatepark in the city.
“It’s been too long needed,” Van said.
“It means I don’t have to skate on the streets anymore.”
It’s an unsupervised concrete park, for all ages and all skill levels. For Van it’s a place to hang out with like-minded individuals and learn a new trick or two.
“It opens up an opportunity to practice something I love doing.”
In a press release from the City of Guelph design features are outlined.
“The best of transition/bowl features (think swimming pool made for skateboarding) with banks, rails, stairs and ledges that riders crave in the streets,” reads the release.
“The skatepark’s location within a park setting allows for great sightlines, includes shaded areas and is in a central location on a major transportation/bus route that allows for equitable access across the community.”
The skatepark is located off of the intersection of Edinburgh Road and Wellington Road. Access to the parking lot is off of Edinburgh.
The cost to make the park was just over $900,000.
On June 21, 2016 the Silvercreek Skatepark will be home to Guelph’s Go Skateboarding Day. There will be bands, food and giveaways.