The 1squarefoot program promotes the construction of well-designed skateboard parks and provides access to skateboarding opportunities within the Ottawa region.
The 1squarefoot program promotes the construction of well-designed skateboard parks and provides access to skateboarding opportunities within the Ottawa region. We consult with the City of Ottawa representatives and contractors regularly about the planning and design process to ensure skateboard-related recreational facilities are created and maintained with input from the skateboard community and relevant stakeholders.
The leaders in this program work directly with the City of Ottawa and other stakeholders to improve conditions at local skateboard parks. They provide public consultation services, surveys and various policy documents to departments and the public.
- To date, the 1SquareFoot initiative has been the most successful for OSA. Founded in late 2013, 1SquareFoot was developed with the goal to raise money for the expansion of the McNabb Skatepark. We raised $25,000. We were fortunate to have the city add the remaining amount required for the development of the facility, which was scheduled to begin construction in 2014. After the sudden loss of a dear friend and pillar of our community, Charlie Bowins, OSA collected letters of support and documentation to submit a commemorative naming application for the McNabb Skatepark. On June 10, 2015, Councillor Catherine McKenney brought OSA’s submission to city council and the motion passed. The Charlie Bowins Skatepark officially opened on July 4, 2015.
- The systems and strategies that were developed through 1Squarefoot are now a permanent aspect of our full organizational offerings. This program helps to mobilize and guide the conception and development of skateparks built in communities. 1Squarefoot ensures that skate parks are designed with consultation from local skaters, that the parks are maintained, and that they provide equal access to all members of these communities.