1Squarefoot was founded in summer 2013 to raise money for the expansion of the McNabb Skatepark. After raising $25,000, The Ottawa Skateboard Community Association (OSCA) was fortunate to have the city compensate the remaining amount required for the development in fall 2014.
After the sudden loss of Charlie Bowins—a dear friend and pillar of our community—OSCA collected letters of support and documentation to submit a commemorative naming application for the McNabb skatepark. On June 10, 2015, Coun. Catherine McKenney brought OSCA’s commemorative naming submission to city council and the motion passed. The Charlie Bowins skatepark officially opened on July 4, 2015.
1Squarefoot is now a permanent initiative organized by OSCA to help get more skateparks built in communities. 1Squarefoot ensures that skateparks are designed with consultation from local skaters, and that the parks are maintained and provide equal access to all members of these communities.Skatepark Building Skatepark Maintenance