The City is recruiting a team of champions to help guide the project. No design experience is needed – just a love for skateboarding. The application period is open from July 26 to August 9, 2022.

A new skatepark is coming to Earl Bales Park! The City will be engaging the community to help determine the design.

  • Summer 2022: Hire a design consultant
  • Fall 2022 to Winter 2023: Design development and Community Engagement
  • Summer 2023: Construction starts
  • Fall 2023: Construction complete

The timeline is subject to change.

Join the Skatepark Champions!

Apply online between July 26 to August 9, 2022.

The City is recruiting a team of champions to help guide the project and work with designers and the local community to develop the skatepark design. No design experience is needed – you just need just a love for skateboarding. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. The City wants to form a team that is diverse and representative of the local community. Skateboarders who live near Earl Bales Park are strongly encouraged to apply.

As a Skatepark Champion you will:

  • Help guide the project by participating in at least three meetings from August 2022 to January 2023
  • Promote the project among your skateboarding friends and community, inviting them to participate in the design process
  • Potentially attend public meetings, park pop-ups and other engagement events
  • Earn $25 per meeting or engagement event

Earl Bales Park is located at 4169 Bathurst St., south of Sheppard Avenue. It is a large 51-hectare destination park in Ward 6 – York Centre with a community centre, extensive park grounds and many recreational amenities.

As part of Toronto’s 20-year Facilities Master Plan and informed by the Skateboarding Strategy, City staff reviewed existing skate facilities across the city to identify areas where new or improved facilities are needed to improve access to the activity city-wide.

Through this process, York Centre was identified as an area that lacked skateboarding facilities. Based on a number of criteria, Earl Bales Park has been selected as the best location to create a new skatepark for the local community. This criteria includes:

  • Geographic location
  • Site characteristics including adequate space, suitable topography, etc.
  • Available supporting amenities including washrooms, parking lots, transit access
  • Demographics of the area, including children and youth population size
  • Safety considerations (i.e. clear sightlines and proximity to other amenities that will encourage “eyes on the skatepark”)

The skatepark design will be developed in consultation with the community. Budget, site limitations and operational requirements will also be considered throughout the design process.

Information about this project and ways to participate will be shared with the community through this webpage, on-site signage, and social media.