This month the City of Calgary will be engaging with citizens from all four quandrants and the centre city about sports ramps on private property. The City is asking the question, "Should skateboard or sports ramps (bicycle, in-line skates, roller skates, etc.) be allowed on residential properties?" The City is also seeking feedback from all Calgarians on the following:
- A proposed maximum ramp size of 1.5 metres high by 5 metres wide by 6 metres long;
- A development permit exemption for sports ramps within the allowable size; and
- Proposed amendments to the Community Standards Bylaw (noise) as part of its comprehensive review that will address excessive noise related to sport ramp activities.
Calgary is the only major municipality in North America that bans sports ramps on private property, and we enacted the restriction in the 1980s when skateboarding was viewed by my predecessors on City Council as "a fad". Clearly, times have changed, and this is why I put forward my Notice of Motion in June to look at changing the rules after engaging with Calgarians on the issue. I am of course aware of the noise that sports ramps may cause, and this is reflected both in my original proposal and in the current engagement process. I trust that the Community Standards Bylaw, which is currently undergoing a comprehensive review, will adequately address noise concerns.
I hope you will engage with the City of Calgary on this issue, and provide your own perspective on how to accommodate skateboarding and other wheeled sports, and how to tackle noise. Please complete the quick survey and attend one of five open houses:
Tuesday, November 10, 6-9pm at Acadian Recreation Centre (240 90 Ave SE)
Thursday, November 12, 6-9pm at Winston Heights - Mountview Community Hall (520 27 Ave NE)
Saturday, November 14, 1-4pm at Alexandra Centre (922 9 Ave SE)
Tuesday, November 17, 6-9pm at Triwood Community Centre (2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW)
Wednesday, November 18, 6-9pm at Lakeview Community Association (6110 34 St SW)
Learn more about the City's sports ramps engagement program by visitng calgary.ca/SportsRamps, or contact my office with any questions or concerns.
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