The day has come!
The new bike and skate park at Topaz Park will celebrate its grand opening next weekend, following a nearly $8 million investment.
In December 2021, construction began on the new 3,000 square metre skatepark and 6,000 metre bike park.
The concept for these new amenities were developed through extensive community engagement, surveys and input from the skate and bike community.
Now, the City of Victoria has announced a grand opening date to celebrate the new addition.
On Saturday, August 20th, a community celebration will mark the opening of Topaz Park’s new skate and bike parks.
The public is invited to attend the grand opening which will feature prizes, games and demonstrations by some of Canada’s top professional riders.
The event will include tours with New Line Skateparks to introduce the various park features to the community, as well as food trucks, community booths and a live DJ.
“There is a lot of excitement and anticipation about this amazing new infrastructure,” said Mayor Lisa Helps.
“Recreational activities are critical for the health of our community and skate, scooter and bike features like these will help residents of all ages stay active. I invite everyone to join us to celebrate these new additions to Topaz Park together as a community.”
The celebration schedule is as follows:
- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: All-wheels beginner session (mentors on white)
- 11 a.m.: Mayor’s welcome and ribbon cutting
- 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Bike park tour and pro demos
- 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Skate park tour and pro demos
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Open jam
The new park areas also include interactive artwork by artist Germaine Koh, inspired by native plants that celebrate energy flows around the site from human movement, natural forces and urban systems.
The landscaping includes new and retained trees in the park with shared pathways, social spaces and a sustainable approach to stormwater management.
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.
Topaz Park Skate and Bike Park Grand Opening
- Where: Topaz Park
- When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday August 20th