Under Construction

Metro (Bonsor) Skate Park

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This is the first post of a series where we dip into our archives and share some insight into the process leading up to thefinished project.  In this post we feature the construction process of the Metro Skate Park. 

The Metro Skate Park was an important project in the development of space2place. We won the commission for this project in early 2003. It was our first significant public project and one of our most challenging projects technically.  

This is one of our early projects that helped build our reputation for innovative public projects.  Some other cities we worked with to develop skate parks include  Courtenay/Comox, Cranbrook, Toronto, Ft. McMurrary and Leduc. All of these projects were in collaboration with Spectrum Skate Park Creations.  Space2place was the prime consultant on these projects with Spectrum responsible for the geometry and flow of the park features.  

We developed valuable skills through these projects including: public engagement, working with concrete, managing complex jobs and creative use of public space. These skills continue to influence our projects today.   

Garden City Construction Progress

The construction of the Garden City "green heart discovery park" is coming along nicely. The overall structure of the park is roughed out and the scale of the park feels right. It is exciting to see it take shape. The first concrete pour is scheduled for next week, which is the next important step towards completion.

This past week was eventful because the old growth feature stumps we delivered to the site, and they look fantastic. The biggest one weighs 12,000 lbs! You can see how big they are in comparison to the people in the pictures. Though you don't get a true sense of them until you see them in person. It looks like we are headed toward a completion date somewhere around the end of October.

Garden City Park Progress

Today Warren from Coastal Cedar Creations sent through som exciting progress photos of the wildwood features for Garden City Park. These pieces are key design components in the park and will add unique play experiences for the children. Warren salvaged this large old growth stump from a cut block near Squamish. Needless to say the effort to salvage this was considerable. However, we are thrilled to have this in the park. We will post more update photos as the construction progresses.