First Nation / Indigenous Skatepark Development

New Line Skateparks has been privileged to partner with a number of First Nation and Indigenous communities across Canada and the United States – developing some of our most creative public concrete youth parks to date. From the groundbreaking Ermineskin Cree Nation Youth Park in Maskwacis, AB (that links local youth to their history through culturally significant skateable architecture) to our multi-use development for the Westbank First Nation (that acts as a hub for local youth and adults to congregate, run programs and socialize), tactfully developed First Nation skateparks have proven to deliver an amazing community impact.

While thorough community consultation, cultural sensitivity and consideration of the natural environment are major components of any strong development approach, they are of paramount importance when working alongside our indigenous partners.  In addition, special consideration and respect must be given to the following:

  • Strong communication with local council, elders, youth and community members to ensure all voices and perspectives are heard and respected
  • Understanding regional treaties/land rights and their impact on economic and infrastructure development
  • Reverence for the environment and awareness of traditional land uses and food sources
  • Recognizing and respecting local traditions and cultural protocols through all stages of development
  • Working with local youth and community leaders to incorporate culturally relevant art (including skateable art installations)
  • Ensuring meaningful community participation throughout entire development process (including providing opportunities for community members to participate in components of the park construction program when possible)

With a commitment to listening, recognizing history, and respecting tradition, we aim to design and build in full alignment with the communities we serve.

To learn more about our First Nation projects, check out our portfolio and don’t hesitate to contact our team for more info.

Culturally significant art integrated into the design and concrete of Ermineskin skatepark

Integrated Wampum Belt in the Six Nations Skatepark QP Wall

Grand opening of Six Nations Skatepark in Oshweken, Ontario Youth and children enjoying the skatepark in Ahousaht First NationGrand opening of a skate bowl in small island community




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