21 Apr The Story of Ambleside Skatepark
Growing up as a skateboarder, Sullivan understood how important it is to have a place in your community to skate and spend time with friends. Sullivan and his family are long-time residents of West Vancouver, so it made sense for him to put his efforts there, 15 years after the Ambleside Skatepark was initially built. Sullivan, being a man of action, put his money where his mouth was and offered the district of West Vancouver $50,000 towards the project. After Sullivan laid out his vision and pledge of support, Wes Stebbing and Savics took the lead to provide guidance and input to the district while seeing the project through.
Quote from Peter Sullivan
In the Spring of 2014, a public workshop was held and brought together all interested members of the public. The goal of the workshop was to gather input from skateboarders themselves on what they wanted to have at their skatepark. In total, 50 people attended the meeting and nearly all of them were skateboarders. Mayor Michael Smith and Councillor Mary-Ann Booth also attended to show their support. Newline Skateparks was awarded the contract to design the park. They took the feedback from the workshop and came up with a design to meet what was requested and also took advantage of the space, as well some of the architectural styles of the original park.
Once the concept was in place and the park had been approved by the District of West Vancouver, Sullivan started working with numerous brand partners, local businesses, and not-for profit groups to raise funds for the skatepark.
Bob Kronbauer of Vancouver is Awesome grew up he was a skateboarder. So when he heard about rebuilding Ambleside skatepark he offered to donate his entire skateboard collection of over 100 rare skateboards to raise money. These boards raised over $10,000, which went towards redoing the skatepark.Donation of hundreds of skateboards from Bob Kronbauer
Supra Distribution and Murray Fraser from The Boardroom began working with brands to craft localized merchandise to raise money towards rebuilding the skatepark. Chocolate Skateboards used their trademark font to create a limited run of t-shirts and skateboards. All of the net proceeds were donated to rebuilding Ambleside.
Chocolate Skateboards collaboration
On a visit to Vancouver Matix Clothing founder Brian Dunlap was inspired by the Compton Surf Club and to do something a little tongue and cheek and he created the Ambleside Surf Club collection that was sold exclusively through the Boardroom. All of the net proceeds were donated to rebuilding Ambleside.
Matix Clothing collaboration
One of the final pushes toward collecting enough money to redo the park was when Deluxe distribution introduced the DLX Build Project, a donation bucket that was placed in The Boardroom. This gave local North Shore residents the opportunity to contribute to the park. All of the money donated in the bucket was donated to rebuilding Ambleside.
DLX Build Project
After two years a lot of people gave their time and money, and in total $102,000 was raised. The District of West Vancouver contributed the remaining funds needed to complete the project. On Sunday, April 22nd the Ambleside skatepark will officially be open and the ribbon is to be cut by Owen Sullivan, son of the late Peter Sullivan.
Special thanks to:
The Sullivan Family, Eric Savics, Wes Stebbing, Bob Kronbauer, Boardroom, Supra Distribution staff, Mikey Leblanc, The District of West Vancouver, Newline Skateparks, The West Vancouver Community Foundation, Matix Clothing, Chocolate Skateboards, Deluxe Distribution, Timebomb Trading, Onni Group, Murray Fraser, John Clendenan, and Take 5 Trading.
Sunday, April 24th
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Story by Jeff Thorburn
Photos courtesy of Supra Distribution as well as Chris Lakusiak
Skaters enjoying the new park
Freshly finished quarters
Overhead shot of the new park : Jonathan Lo