Topaz Park’s new bike and skate park had its grand opening over the weekend, inviting the public to enjoy lower Vancouver Island’s largest skate bowl for the first time.
The new bike park and all-wheels skatepark were designed with accessibility and inclusion in mind, with input from technical experts and people with lived experience, including athletes.
Construction on the new 3,000 square metre skatepark and 6,000 metre bike park began in December 2021 with a concept developed through extensive community engagement, surveys and input from the skate and bike community.
On Saturday, a community celebration marked the grand opening of the new park, inviting the public to the grand opening which featured prizes, games and demonstrations by some of Canada’s top professional riders.
The event also included tours with New Line Skateparks, introducing the various park features to the community, as well as food trucks, community booths and a live DJ.
Design work for the next phase of improvements to Topaz Park is planned for 2023 and will include new pickleball courts, ball diamond upgrades and an improved leash-optional dog area.
You can see photos of the grand opening celebrations below: