Construction Underway on Topaz Skate and Bike Parks

Construction has started on the new skate and bike parks coming to Topaz Park. Concept designs for the new amenities were developed through extensive community engagement, including input from the skate and bike community, and were approved by Council in August.

“The start of construction is an exciting step toward bringing these world class park amenities to this neighbourhood,” said Hillside-Quadra neighbourhood liaison, Councillor Ben Isitt. “Parks like this build healthy communities and this project will deliver an active community hub for the neighbourhood and attract riders of all skill levels throughout the region.”  

Along with replacement of the artificial turf sport field, the skate and bike parks are part of an initial $8 million investment in improvements guided by the Topaz Park Improvement Plan, adopted in 2018.

“After many months of planning and consultation with representatives of the biking and skateboarding communities, the project team is excited to begin construction of these new park amenities,” said Thomas Soulliere, Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities.

The design includes a skatepark with a variety of terrain and features, an asphalt bike pump track designed for a range of skill levels, integrated shared pathways and social spaces, and a sustainable approach to stormwater management.

The new park areas also include integrated artwork by artist Germaine Koh. Artwork designs include a series of interactive sculptures inspired by native plants that celebrate energy flows around the site from human movement, natural forces and urban systems.

The public washrooms and parking lot near Topaz Avenue and Blanshard Street are closed for the duration of construction. Public washrooms and parking are available on the east side of the park off Glasgow Street.

The new skate and bike parks are expected to be open for use in summer 2022.