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Winnipeg’s Skateboard Park Among the Best: Wall Street Journal

August 6, 2009 6:55 AM | Sports

Plaza Skateboard Park - The ForksThe Wall Street Journal has named the Plaza skateboarding park at The Forks as one of America’s best. In the recent article, WSJ took a look at the top 14 parks and included Winnipeg’s as the only Canadian pick.

Having opened in 2006, the Plaza was built at a cost of $2.5 million and features many more common type features, rather than an abundance of ramps found at other parks. The article goes on to say that Winnipeg’s park aims to replicate ledges, rails and planter boxes, which are many of the objects found on private property that skaters prefer to ride on.

The number one skatepark? That title belongs to Portland, Oregon. Tom Miller, chief of staff to Portland Mayor Sam Adams, is a skateboarder himself and has pushed for skateboarding advocacy from the inside. Portland’s park is the biggest of its kind and is constantly getting upgrades. Officials say by 2020, the park will have almost every terrain imaginable.

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— With files from the Wall Street Journal
ChrisD.ca photos/Marc Evans, Jody Morris (inset)

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