EVSC x TD Park People Grant 2020

The East Van Skate Crows are privileged to be skating on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We thank the incredible Indigenous peoples past and present for protecting, defending, and caring for the land of Turtle Island.

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It was so wonderful seeing all of your posts out in the local skateparks around the city and seeing all of your faces on pick-up day, where we managed to get PVC rails out to 30 participants. It’s been lovely seeing everyone paint, decorate, and practice on their PVC rails throughout the winter months, and we can’t wait to see you out in the parks later this year.

Thank you again to our sponsor, TD Park People, for making this event possible. We’ve uploaded our PVC rail building and sliding tutorial featuring Alexis (@bruized) below, as well as the compilation of participant videos.

Check out our Instagram for any future events and meetups.


The East Van Skate Crows are proud recipients of the TD Park People Winter Grant 2020, and are hosting a FREE skate camp event that will get you involved with your local parks, and teaching you to build your own PVC rail.

TD Park People Grants program is providing essential funding to support park groups in delivering over 334 awesome nature-based activities that foster environmental education, sustainability and stewardship in cities across Canada. Together, TD and Park People are helping to bring Canadians together to unlock the power of parks because they know that when people are connected to nature in their parks and communities, people are happier and communities feel more connected to nature and each other.

What better way to demonstrate this link than through ROLLER SKATING?

This grant and initiative has been made possible by the amazing collaboration between Park People and TD Bank Canada.

Park People supports and mobilizes people to help them activate the power of parks to improve quality of life in cities across Canada, while TD Bank provides funding for events like these through the The Ready Commitment, a multi-year program launched to help individuals and communities prosper. TD is committed to investing $1 billion CAD by 2030 back into community groups, programs, and businesses such as EVSC, which means more events that invest in community, play, joy, and the link between nature and mental health. Follow and tag hashtags #TDParkPeople, #TDReadyCommitment and #eastvanskatecrows to follow along and see all the incredible community events and initiatives happening around the country!

(ROLLER) SKATE CAMP hosted by East Van Skate Crows

This event is put on for roller skaters by roller skaters, but can include skaters of any kind who are interested in freshening up their skating techniques during the wet winter months by building their own PVC practice rail!

Join us as we host a free SKATE CAMP event, where you will be able to safely get out and enjoy your local parks, and then make and keep your own PVC rail from the comfort of home.

We will supply all the materials you will need, we ask that you have your own drill or square Robertson screw driver to make building easier.


First, register your spot for your PVC materials at [registration closed].

Attend any TWO of your local parks – any flat ground park or skate park in your neighbourhood, film yourself or take photos practicing something you are working on and tag #eastvanskatecrows, #TDParkPeople & #TDReadyCommitment by Saturday, January 30th, 2021. Doesn’t have to have a fancy edit, the initiative is to get people out and enjoying their local parks!

That’s it! Once you have done that, you will be able to pick up your free PVC building materials on Saturday, January 30th, 2021, followed by a guided video tutorial on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 (more info TBA).

Paint your rail and then tag us again at #eastvanskatecrows, #TDParkPeople & #TDReadyCommitment so we can share the finished results!

Our Park People posting: https://parkpeople.ca/event/skate-camp/

Focus will also be put on land education, park clean-ups, sustainability, community, and the relationship between mental health and outdoor park accessibility.

Email us with any questions!


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