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 Family Resource Centre. With this, they made their own skateboards, as well as obstacles they utilized to improve their skateboarding skills.
After years of fighting to build a skateboard park in their community, the club received permission to set up in the ice rink of the Malvern Community Recreation Centre during summer when there is no ice. Rob Poyner built the portable skateboard obstacles, which can be stored inside large containers during the winter and be brought back out in the summer. The first ever seasonal Skateboard Park in Malvern opened on August 9, 2014.
The skatepark is open: 4-8pm, every Tuesday & Thursday, May 11 to August 27, 2015
Since then, more skateboarders have now taken part in this initiative and together they have formed the Malvern Skateboard Advisory Council. The council is actively improving the skatepark and one day hopes to have a permanent space for it.
Thilaksion Kumariah, President of Lester B. Pearson Skateboarding Club
June 2, 2015