Thursday, February 15, 2024

What’s Up Aurora? Aurora Youth Skateboard Park at the AFLC

New – Aurora Youth Skateboard Park. Aurora Youth Centre is now officially open to Aurora youth at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex as of May 2nd, 2015.

Got a skateboard? Got a scooter? A new outdoor skateboard park in the Town of Aurora is part of the Youth Centre at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex. It is definitely a nice one and quite elaborate. Perhaps it will be the most popular one in town. Yes, we already do have one outdoor skateboard park here in Aurora at Hickson Park. However, if you wander the playgrounds around town you may find a few smaller skateboarding paths and ramps as well.

I watched and watched them. The kids skateboarding were quite good and fearless. Jumping in the air, twisting bodies, legs and arms, flipping scooters or skateboards. Great forms and poses. Little hick-ups here and there when landing, but fast recoveries.

“The hardest thing about skateboarding is consistency: The slightest flick of your foot or gust of wind can send your board flying, so it’s really anybody’s game out there.” ~ Shaun White

But my six year old takes after me. He likes to be grounded. He is cautious. Not even a bit did he want to try skateboarding. When encouraged to try, he was just curious how they manage to flip the board in the air and ‘stick‘ it to their feet before landing. “Do you want to try?” an instructor asked him. “No, I am fine,” he replied. I guess skateboarding is not for everyone. It is a great entertaining sport though. And not just for youth, but among kids under twelve.

If not skateboarding, perhaps rock climbing? The Youth Centre has an indoor climbing wall too. No? Then the Town of Aurora has an amazing selection of playgrounds for kids and youth to hang around. Get ready for adventures around the town, the summer is coming.

On a side note, should we have an indoor skateboarding park? Wishful thinking. Skateboarding wouldn’t have to be seasonal then. Newmarket has a youth facility as well and their skateboarding park happens to be one big room filled with ramps. Just an idea from our neighbours in Newmarket.

Anna Lozyk Romeo
Aurora, ON

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