Save the Fort York DIY skate spot

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For the past few months, a group of skateboarders has been working to transform a derelict pathway at Fort York into a thriving community skate spot. This week the spot seems to have been marked and prepared for demolition by the City and we are appealing to you to intervene.

We have formed a citizen group and are hopeful that we can work with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Skateboarding Committee to take stewardship over the space and prevent it from being demolished.

Last year we worked on a spot at Lansdowne and Bloor which was demolished, but as a result of a massive community response, City Council passed a motion to investigate the need for a DIY skatepark in the west end of Toronto.

We are hoping that you see the potential in this young group of skateboarders who are so eager to engage in their community in a positive way, and that you (Councillor Mike Layton) strongly consider the message it would send to have this issue overlooked.

Permanent DIY skateparks have become essential community fixtures in Montreal, Vancouver, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and various other cities. They are international cultural hubs and Toronto is missing out.

The park has spawned a community of skateboarders who are dedicated to working with the City to take care of the space.



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