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Action Sport Strategy

Skate park

The City of Waterloo's Action Sport Strategy provides a plan for the three most common action sports practiced within City of Waterloo public spaces: skateboarding, BMX and mountain biking. 

Participation in these sports has a broad appeal to both youth and young adults, as well as, an emerging family market, as adult action sport enthusiasts draw their children toward the sport. 

This strategy sets the vision, approach and actions necessary to guide the expansion of opportunities for urban action sports within the City of Waterloo. 

The development of this strategy included a vigorous analysis of opportunities and challenges for establishing and/or expanding action sport venues.  The analysis focused on the following five key themes:

A)   Local destination facilities

B)    Action sport growth

C)   Neighbourhood amenities

D)   Benefits of designated environments

E)    Youth engagement 

Review within each of these five themes produced a series of observations that contributed to the creation of a recommended strategic delivery model specific to the needs of the City of Waterloo.

 The recommended model consists of a two-tier action sport venue hierarchy:

  1. City-wide hubs  - the primary, largest scale venue(s)
  2. Neighbourhood facilities and spots - smaller venues situated nearby residential areas with high concentrations of youth.