About the TSC: Interview with Co-chair Nick Pierre

Date: October 28, 2016 Author: Nick Pierre Categories: Success Stories

“Toronto Skateboarding Committee’s (TSC) Co-chair, Nick Pierre, talks about what the TSC does for the skateboarding community in Toronto. Skateboarding is a growing culture within the GTA and the TSC is there to make sure that the voices of skaters are heard when talking about the development of skateparks and skatepark programming. After explaining what the TSC does for the community, Nick took some time to shred Lake Devo at Ryerson University.” See video below. Phillip La Rosa,...

Is skateboarding culture entering a new phase of maturity?

Date: October 11, 2016 Author: Nick Pierre Categories: Inspirational Stories

Skateboarding as a lifestyle/culture continues to mature and address many of the inequalities that are prevalent in skateboard culture and society at large. This week Brian Anderson stated: “I… consider myself a skateboarder first, gay second” in a Vice Sports video that explores Brian’s sexuality and the difficulties he faced being a gay and professional skateboarder.  While Brian is not the first pro skateboarder to openly discuss his sexuality, he is the first elite pro...

TSC Youth Skate Jam and Forum 2015

Date: April 5, 2016 Author: Nick Pierre Categories: Inspirational Stories | Success Stories

Last fall the TSC won a grant from Evergreen Foundation via Jane’s Walk to host a small youth event aimed at increasing youth participation in TSC decision-making. On Oct 15th, 2015, a group of young skaters met at Toronto City Hall for the TSC Youth Skate Jam and Forum. Following a brief session there, the group traveled by foot and skateboard to Lake Devo (aka The Pond) at Ryerson University where we skated one of the smoothest concrete slabs in the city. Despite conflicts with rain and...

Dunbat Skate Jam: Wet and Wild

Date: September 19, 2015 Author: Jody Gyivicsan Categories: Local Inititives

Despite the rain, Toronto Skateboarding Committee & City of Toronto’s first ever Dunbat Skate Jam was a wet and wild success with over 100 skaters in attendance. Tunes were blasting, burgers were grilling and tons of prizes were awarded. In addition to the Jam, the new Dunbat mural by Oasis and Street ARToronto was unveiled. The day could not have been a success without everyone getting together (including an awesome Mom) to take turns squeegeeing the skatepark dry in time for the...

Take the Skatepark Survey!

Date: September 18, 2015 Author: Nick Pierre Categories: Local Inititives

The City of Toronto is conducting a survey of skateboarders and how Toronto's skateparks are being used. Please click the link and fill out the survey. This survery was designed in partnership with Toronto Skateboarding Commitee (TSC) and it's information will be shared back with the TSC, and will be very useful in helping to improve existing skateparks and plan for new ones in the future.   https://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/PFR_Skatepark_Fall_2015/      Details directly from the...

Hoof Skatepark Cleanup 2015

Date: June 16, 2015 Author: Jeff Gluck Categories: Inspirational Stories | Local Inititives

On Saturday May 16, 2015, some keen locals gathered to clean up Vanderhoof (Leonard Linton) skatepark, repair concrete and give the bowl a fresh coat of paint. Here are some photos from before, during and after. Special thanks to Steve Kotsopoulos for organizing and making it happen.

Student initiative gets new Skatepark in Malvern

Date: June 3, 2015 Author: torontoskateboarding Categories: Inspirational Stories | Local Inititives | Success Stories

      Students of Lester B. Pearson C.I. who were interested in skateboarding, and their teacher Randy Pedersen, noticed that there was a strong presence of skateboarders in the area, so they created their own Skateboard Club at school, and reached out to a community councillor, as well as the City of Toronto to get a skateboard park built in Malvern.       The hard work of the Skateboard Club helped them receive a Pro Action Grant from the Toronto Police and the support of Malvern...

State of Good Repair: Toronto Skateparks

Date: April 10, 2015 Author: Nick Fulton Categories: Local Inititives

Like all recreational facilities, skateparks require maintenance. Toronto has a large skateboarding population, with limited facilities. The heavy use of these skateparks leads to inevitable damage. While some repairs are for aesthetics or expansion, many are immediately necessary to address safety issues, and the longevity of the skatepark. [Separating concrete at Ashbridges Skatepark] The TSC has already begun documenting these issues and has assembled a damage report of the city's...

Success: City Budget Approves Skateboarding Policy!

Date: March 11, 2015 Author: Nick Pierre Categories: Success Stories

  Big news! The city has now committed money in the budget to skateboarding and has been officially directed to work with TSC in developing skateparks in the Recreation Facilities Plan. This will insure that the skateboarding community of Toronto will be well represented and consulted in all current and future skateboarding issues and projects, such as fixing current skateparks, building new skateparks and new skateboarding programs. Thanks to City Councillor Janet Davis for putting the...

Developing Skateboarding in Belize

Date: January 29, 2015 Author: Ariel Stagni Categories: Inspirational Stories | Success Stories

In the country of Belize, as is true in many Central American countries, the last 10 years have brought increased rates of violent crimes. Sixty percent of the population of Belize is under 19 years old, and 30% of Belize homicides occur among youths between the ages of 14-24. These crimes are concentrated in urban areas, including the south side of Belize City. In late 2014, Toronto Skateboard Committee (TSC) member, Jody Gyivicsan, acting as Advisor of Youth Participation and Governance to...

New Proposed design for West Lodge Skatepark

Date: April 18, 2014 Author: Simon McCaffrey Categories: Local Inititives

In 2013 the Parks Department began consulting with the public to get ideas for the Redevelopment of Westlodge Park in Parkdale, on Landsdowne Ave. between Queen St. W and Dundas St. W. (Click here to view in google maps). After the first meeting it was determined that there was a need in the community for space to skateboard and after a few more public consultations some design concepts were presented to include some skateboard elements into the park. This would not be a full skatepark, but...

Help raise money for Dunbat Skatepark

Date: April 1, 2014 Author: Simon McCaffrey Categories: Local Inititives

Dunbat has been one of downtown Toronto's only options for skateboarding outside for the past 11 years. Dunbat is 100% funded through donations, 100% built with free labour and 100% free to skate and chill all the time.  Click here to donate towards a great cause 

Let us Roam - Ray Barbee

Date: April 1, 2014 Author: Simon McCaffrey Categories: Success Stories

Here is an inspirational short video by Ray Barbee (One of the godfathers of stylish street skating) on how skateboarding opened his life to a world of possiblities.  LET US ROAM - Ray Barbee from Let Us Roam on Vimeo.

Help fund the underpass park

Date: March 10, 2014 Author: Simon McCaffrey Categories: Local Inititives

Toronto is in dire need of a sheltered skatepark with lights. Thing is it already has one but the City Of Toronto botched the layout, ground, and ramps so it is time to let skateboarders take over with the help from the Toronto Skateboard Committee and approval of the city to build something new. The park has plastic ramps that deteriorated in the first year The ledges in the basketball court get more use than the skatepark, and that's only going to lead to conflict between ball players and...

A Beautiful Mind

Date: March 7, 2014 Author: Simon McCaffrey Categories: Inspirational Stories

Rodney Mullen is the Godfather of modern day street skating as we know it and has to be one of the most humble humans on the face of the earth. Checkout this awesome video produced by the folks at the Berrics. 

Love Park

Date: January 2, 2014 Author: Simon McCaffrey Categories: Inspirational Stories

The ON videos were created by the same folks that made 411 before that eventually ended. The following is an awesome documentary on Love Park in Philadelphia. 

Big O Rebirth

Date: November 1, 2013 Author: Simon McCaffrey Categories: Success Stories

Big O is a legendary skate spot in Montreal that was facing demolition due to construction in the area. Through the hard work of a group of people, they were able to save the spot and have it relocated. Checkout the video.


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