‘A park for everyone’: Pitikwé thrives

‘A park for everyone’: Pitikwé thrives

The recent Free Press article sheds light on Pitikwé Skatepark, a burgeoning hub of inclusivity in Winnipeg's vibrant skate scene. Featuring insights from our very own Park Manager, Philip Rosario, Team Lead Carlene Sanderson, and Fane Smeall from Sk8 Skates, this article offers a glimpse into the ethos driving Pitikwé's success.

Rosario emphasizes the park's ethos, stating, "This is a park for everyone, skater or not, admission is free for Indigenous people with the intention to one day make it free to everyone." His words reflect Pitikwé's commitment to accessibility and inclusivity, setting it apart as a welcoming space for all.

Sanderson highlights the park's broader impact on the community, noting, "The park’s year-round operation is good for the community’s collective mental health, and its downtown location is prime for attracting inner-city youth with no options for after-school programming." Indeed, Pitikwé's presence serves as a positive outlet for individuals of all ages, contributing to the well-being of the community as a whole.

For Smeall, Pitikwé represents more than just a skatepark; it's a symbol of change and progress. He expresses, “(Pitikwé) is something I felt the community needed as things are changing … having something brand-new open up is definitely good and healthy for our community.” His sentiment encapsulates the hope and optimism surrounding Pitikwé's role in shaping the future of Winnipeg's skate community.

As Pitikwé Skatepark continues to evolve and thrive, it remains dedicated to its core values of inclusivity, accessibility, and community engagement. Whether you're a seasoned skater or a curious bystander, Pitikwé welcomes you with open arms, inviting you to be part of its ever-growing family.


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