One of the most fun parts of the new strathcona park, the round rail.
This is one of Vancouver's newest parks and it is a New Line Skateparks 'street
style' or 'skate style' park. If you like low ledges and mellow banks this is
the park for you. The park is brand new so the some of the local skaters are a
bit touchy about pegs chinging stuff, (mainly just a guy named Kevin lol). This
park is very well built though with heavy square metal coping on everything in
sight. I think a bomb would have to go off to damage this park.
The park is set up with a 'U' shaped bank with a very mellow hip at one end, the
hip is good for skate flip tricks but has no boost. I could backside ollie over
the hip on a borrowed board after not skating for 3 years so that tells you something.
At one end is a really nice round rail, then a curb step-up with a flat ledge
beside it. Then beside that is a long, downhill, left side ledge. Right after
that, on the flat ground, is a regular flat ledge, it's about 5' away from the
At the other end, over the hip, is an angled sub box and a flat to downsloped,
right side ledge. The rail and all of the ledges in this park are below tire height
but the flat ledge does get up to somewhere around bar height right at the bottom
of the bank.
This park is all about the street skater scene so it's not the best for BMX. It's
a fun hit on the way between China Creek and Downtown but there's not much to
work up to in this park. Everything is mellow and low, it looks really fun for
skaters but it's probably not worth it to travel to. Good for a mellow morning
session or bring your skate.
The strathcona park is on venables street in between Clark Dr. and Downtown. From
Downtown ride over the Georgia Viaduct and cross Main St., keep going straight
along Venables, the park is on your right. This park is right along the 22 Knight
St. bus line that takes you up Clark Dr. to China Creek.
The pic's a bit dim but here you can see the long left side downhill ledge
and the flat ledge. The flat ledge has a step-up beside it and starts out low
but is bar height at the end.
Here's the low, below tire height like everything else, flat ledge that starts
right after the downhill one.
The corner to the mellow hip and the slanted sub box.
Flat to downhill, right side ledge. Starts at under tire height and is maybe
stem high at the bottom.