Another first for international skateboarding! The completion of the Banff Skatepark marks the introduction of the first integrated public concrete skatepark within a North American National Park setting.
Part of the UNESCO Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, Banff National Park is Canada’s largest and most renowned National Park with over 3 million visitors a year making the pilgrimage from across the globe. Recognizing the importance of the site and gravity of the unprecedented development opportunity at hand, our team embarked on an intensive 12 month design and construction process involving local skateboarders, civic officials, and planning experts from Parks Canada. Along with achieving a world-class selection of modern skatepark terrain, critical environmental stewardship, wildlife preservation, and architectural control requirements had to be addressed in a manner fitting for Banff’s unique ‘heart’, culture, and breathtaking surroundings. The result is a facility of global significance, demonstrating a thoughtful balance of compelling skateable architecture, sustainable design, and signature accents that reflect the best of Banff’s unmistakable character.
A huge THANK YOU to the dedicated City Council and Staff, Local Skaters, and Parks Canada Representatives who helped make this landmark project a reality!
We are happy to announce that the residents of Richmond Hill, Ontario along with City Officials, celebrated the
grand opening of the city’s new 17,000 square-foot modern skatepark on June 8th, 2019. The newly completed facility
in Lake Wilcox Park provides a safe and inclusive space designated for wheeled-sports enthusiasts to recreate,
develop their skills, and foster positive community.
With initial planning beginning in Spring of 2016, our Project Manager Bill Gurney worked closely with the municipality
and local community through every stage of the park’s conceptual and technical design. It was essential that
the skatepark integrate well with Lake Wilcox Park and all existing and future recreational amenities. With the third
phase of Richmond Hill’s award winning Lake Wilcox Park being specifically focused on the youth population, the
fully integrated skatepark sits well as a complimentary amenity. In addition to the expansive skatepark, the new
Youth Park also includes basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, outdoor exercise equipment, seating nodes, a
sculptural climber, shade structures and an array of public art elements.
The modern skatepark includes a primary Plaza Area with the addition of a separate enclosed Flow Bowl. The Plaza
Area is over 200 feet in length and includes traditional flat ground ‘street’ elements as well as variably sized stair
sets with a progression of rails and ledges that address beginner through advanced riders. The expansive Flow Bowl
includes four, six and eight foot depths, a 9 foot half pipe with pool block coping and a dramatic 14 foot over-vertical
‘capsule”. The ‘capsule’ is prominently visible from Bayview Ave. and provides one of several different opportunities
for a public / street art component to help enliven the youth park and help create its own unique identity.
We would like to thank the City of Richmond Hill, Municipal staff, local advocates and residents for their meaningful
participation and allowing us to be a part of this ground breaking project.
Oververt Photo By: Shutterspeed | Aerial Photo By: Session Atlas
The Texas Recreation and Parks Society has recognized the Frisco Skatepark with a DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD as part of their 2018 awards program. Another giant thank you from the entire NLS team to everyone involved in making this incredible community project a success!
Push To Heal is a short film made in association with Hull Services and the Child Trauma Academy – the home of our Matt Banister Memorial Skatepark. It endeavors to verbally articulate and visually demonstrate the connections between skateboarding and neuroscience, and highlights skateboarding as an activity that can heal the human brain from past trauma. This film also provides a snapshot of how and why skateboarding should be viewed as a viable option as part of treatment for high needs children.
It was a privilege for our team to donate a significant portion of our design-build services to create this special campus park. A special Thank you to Jim and Susan Banister, Janet Morgan-de Bruyn, Matt Allen, and Joel Pipus for bringing this amazing project and life-changing program to life.