Opening of Topaz Skate and Bike Parks “Incredibly Exciting” for Community

Victoria’s newest skate and bike parks are open in Topaz Park. The City of Victoria celebrated the opening on Saturday with a community event, including members of the skateboard and bike community who provided input on the design.

The new 6,000 square metre bike park and 3,000 square metre all-wheels skatepark were designed with accessibility and inclusion in mind, with input from technical experts and people with lived experience, including athletes. The surfaces and access points, lighting, and furnishings are all designed to support safe use by visitors of all ages and abilities.

Contractor New Line Skateparks, a world leader in skate and bike park design and construction, collaborated with artist Germaine Koh to include interactive sculptures throughout the parks. The sculptures are inspired by native plants that celebrate energy flows around the site from human movement, natural forces and urban systems.

The skatepark has the largest skate bowl on lower Vancouver Island and will be a popular regional destination that can support hosting events and competitions.

The skate and bike parks, along with the ongoing replacement and expansion of the turf sports field, are part of an initial $10 million investment in improvements guided by the Topaz Park Improvement Plan.

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.

Attachment: Skateboarders and riders join Mayor Lisa Helps in a celebration roll-through to officially open the new skate and bike parks in Topaz Park (link to photo)