When the guys that started the Collingwood Bicycle and Skateboard Coalition first got together there were two goals; ensure that Collingwood gets a respectable skatepark and create an indoor place to ride.
Working alongside the town of Collingwood, the Coalition’s goals to build a public skatepark in that town are moving forward. It’s a long, slow process, mired in bureaucracy and funding, but it is moving forward. In the meantime, the Coalition members couldn’t wait to ride and skate. So they created their own indoor space. Affectionately known as the Mid-Life Crisis Centre, the 18×30 foot space is wall-to-wall ramp.
A limited number of monthly memberships are available and with a combo lock on the door, access is open to all who pay the dues, any time of day or night. The space is an experiment in co-operation. And so far, there is no end in sight.
But the true magic of the place shines through when members of all ages are riding and skating together. Sure, the 18-year-old Caleb Bowman generally steals the show, but the cheers are just as loud when 42-year-old Russ Ellis drops in for the first time. Or when 5-year-old Parker Conway lays on his skateboard and drops in. Women are also learning to skate on the ramp and local BMX legend Mike Dionne strongly represents the bicycle side of things.
The Centre’s vibe is a testament to the power of skateboarding and BMXing; bringing together all ages, all genders, all economic backgrounds in a fun, safe, positive and healthy environment. The Centre’s motto, “Our Skatepark Doesn’t Suck,” has taken hold and is the antithesis to the governmental heel-dragging going on in the Coalition’s other mission; building an outdoor, public skatepark.
For more info on the Centre, and the progress on the Collingwood skatepark, head on over to collingwoodskatepark.com