It’s amazing to see an object through another person’s eyes. Especially if that person comes from a completely different perspective than you do.
At Compass, we’ve sold a lot of pipe bends that were simply designed for flowing liquids. But about ten years ago, a group of skateboarders saw the pipe bends we created and must have thought, “Wohoo, let’s railslide over some of those!”
Flash forward to today, and this group of skateboarders has a thriving business called New Line Skateparks, that builds skateboard parks all over Canada.
We recently had the chance to catch up with Jeff Craig, who is New Line’s Construction Project Manager. He told us that the company started with “Advocacy.” Really?
Well, it seems that there are a lot of signs out there that say, “No Skateboarding.”
And they wanted to do something about it.
After all, what was former generations’ “go out and play” has now turned into a culture of scheduled sports that are driven to by parents, and then monitored, coached and scored. And for those not involved in sports, their go-to choice of recreation tends to be electronic games or social media, creating a scourge of depression and loneliness in today’s youth.
So there are few places where youth can go to get fresh air and play in a relaxed, unstructured manner, without their parents worrying about their whereabouts or keeping score.
Skateparks are one such oasis.
At Compass, we’re very proud to be part of assisting New Line in the construction of the many exciting skateparks to entertain youth across Canada.