Skateboarding enthusiasts in Saskatoon are calling for the city to build an indoor facility for the popular recreational sport.
Considering Saskatoon's climate, skateboarding at the city's outdoor facility is not feasible until spring.
"Skateboarders have absolutely nothing to do in the wintertime," Jason Gordon, the owner of a skateboard shop, told CBC News in a recent interview. "Skateboarders are, generally, only skateboarders. So that leaves a lot of guys going to underground parking lots which is not a good place."
Gordon's lament for an indoor space for skateboarders was recently covered in the sports pages of The Sheaf, the University of Saskatchewan student newspaper.
Since then, the topic has caught the notice of city officials who say it is something to consider.
"Recreation is an important aspect to the quality of life in Saskatoon," Kevin Kitchen, a spokesman for the City of Saskatoon, said. "So we are committed to trying to reach and have facilities and programs available to as many people as possible."
Saskatoon is reviewing its recreational facilities in 2010.
It won't be a moment too soon for people who work in Gordon's shop.
"We have an unreal outdoor skate park. If you go out there any Saturday it's packed and you have to think: When the snow falls where do all those kids go?" Joel Antymniuk said. "Especially the kids that go there. They should be in school, but they need somewhere to go … in their neighbourhood."