Park name: Wolfmac Operator: Kyle Wachter. Location: In Kyle's back yard outside of Sylvan Lake, Alberta. Canada.
From the looks of it being stuck at home could be worse for you. What ramps do you have available for a safe session during Covid-19? Mark Stanway: Right now we are dealing with all our outdoor and indoor skate parks shut down Nation wide. There's a couple people with features in their yards and one guy with a half pipe but most of us have taken to the streets during this pandemic.
What other parks are near you that are closed-off for the moment during the pandemic? Mark Stanway: We have our local indoor park House of wheels in Edmonton that has been shut down and Bline in Calgary that is closed as well.
What's the current situation where you live. Do people need to stay at home? Mark Stanway: We are in a lock down but not full. Yet we have been encouraged to stay indoors and practice safe distancing. We are encouraged to exercise every day and stay active. We are opening in the next couple weeks here and slowly hoping to come out of this pandemic.
Name Park: The backyard ramp Operator: Mike Varga Location: Ontario, Canada
What are the Covid-19 restrictions where you live at the moment? Mike Varga: The Covid-19 has definitely got crazy with restrictions. Haven’t tried going to any parks but I know a few buddy's who got tickets for being at outdoor parks. Basically I can only travel around Ontario and even with that they have checkpoints to make sure your travel is necessary. All indoor and outdoor parks are closed. Basically just at home.
How does it feel having a ramp available whenever you feel like riding? Mike Varga: Man it's absolutely amazing to have my own ramp! Keeping riding is key for keeping me in
Name, operator and owner: Ricardo Laguna Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
You've had your backyard ramps for a long time now. Can you remember how it all got started? Ricardo Laguna: Yes my dirt back yard started in 1999 and the resi yard started in 2008. It all started when I keep building dirt jumps in random deserts and as Las Vegas keeps growing so this would mean the jumps would get leveled because new homes keep getting build in those areas. So my parent bought a home with an acre of land where I build dirt jumps, foam pit, wall rides and mini ramp. Fast forward to 2008 I bought my own home where I have a 9 ft quarter pipe and resi quarter pipe, 6ft tall 8 ft wide resi
You've had your park for some time now. When did you first start it? Alessandro Barbero: Yes Bart it's been a while now! I was very lucky to have a lot of good sponsors that helped out. But in the last 5/6 years I had to find budget. We started out in 2007 but we only finished in 2010. Now it has been 10 years this year I would love to organize an event to celebrate the DECADE I hope this COVID-19 situation will end soon. By the way a lot of work all around I spent days and days
Name Park: The Brew House Operator: Nick Bruce Location: Cleveland, Ohio USA
What made you decide to build your own park? Nick Bruce: It’s been a goal of mine for a really long time, but I really wanted some bigger things to ride regularly without moving, so I decided to pull the trigger.
How long did it take to find the perfect location with a roof high enough?
Name Park: Istvan Caillet’s Backyard Operator: Istvan CAILLET Location: Close to Toulouse (South of France)
What made you decide to build your own park? Istvan Caillet: My brother and I started to build our home spot 11 years ago when the city close to our parents’ house decided to destroy the skatepark where we used to ride after school. It was the only skatepark around where I could go by bike (20 min). So it was the only option to continue riding bmx.