Barrhaven Skate Park
In collaboration with several local community members of Barrhaven, the OSA successfully lobbied for the installation of a permanent concrete skateboard park in the area after the prefabricated skateboard park was moved for the third time in 10 years. Barrhaven had a well loved prefabricated at the Walter Baker sports plex for many years, however the community centre needed more space for parking for other activities, and the skatepark was moved to a new development in Barrhaven. At this time, concerns about the usability and function of the skateboard park were brought to the attention of city management. The park was well used at this second location for many years. As the area surrounding the park was developed, the space was once again needed for housing and the skateboard park was moved for a third time. Without significant community involvement, the city moved the skateboard park down the road and placed the obstacles in a manner that made using many of them very challenging. In collaboration with local skateboarders, the OSA communicated the issues with the prefabricated skateboard park and city council along with councilwoman Jan Harder opted to build a permanent skate park in the core of Barrhaven.