We've seen warm weather come back a little bit lately. We also received our latest Empire boards collection this week. You can't blame us for being excited about the upcoming skate season! Especially knowing the city of Montreal has invested 1.3 million dollars in the construction of a skate plaza in the Rosemont - Petite Patrie neighbourhood and that the park is ready as we speak!


Although snow's still supposed to pour for another couple of days, we can notice the days are slowly getting longer and that little by little, warmer temperatures are starting to take over. Spring isn't officially started yet, but already, groups of young skaters went to work to test the brand new Rosemont Park, located at Parc Père-Marquette near the junction between Papineau and Rosemont Streets.


To get in a nice and warm summer mood and discover this new park in all its details, we spoke with Charles Deschamps, Empire Skate team member and certified technician in architecture who has been working in the design and construction of outdoor skateparks for a while now. When it's time to talk about skateparks, Charles knows what's up. 


We're really lucky to have a skatepark like this one on the Island of Montreal. Finally, the city has a park that can compete with Canada's other outdoor skateboard facilities.  Spectrum, the company who made the park and who also built the Repentigny plaza a few years ago, is known for delivering quality products. Sometimes it's not even the company that designed the park who makes it sketchy, it's the construction workers the company hires to do the job who just don't know what they are doing. Seeing the park's great finish , the quality of the obstacles, the smooth ground and all the good things other Montreal skateparks don't really have, seems like Spectrum found a good team for this one. I'd give it a 8/10.

- Charles Deschamps

The Flow 


The flow is really good. Obstacles are setup so that several people can skate the park at the same time without colliding with each other. The big banks and transition section also gives a good flow to the park, you can easily cruise around it without pushing that much.



The park's transitions section is well done. Not too big, not too small. Just enough transition to make it challenging, but not too steep either. Although Charles hasn't been able to skate the park in its entirety because of the snow, he knows that the transition section is nicely set up. Compared to other skateparks like Verdun, the finish on Rosemont's quarter pipes and bowl is very smooth and skate-friendly.



Another good thing about the park: There will be less worries when there's a lot of people skating there at the same time. Still, too many people remains too many people, but at least the obstacles are set up so the lines don't get all messed up with each other. Plus there are so many things to skate at the park, there's going to be room for everybody to have fun. 

Street section


Last but not least, the street section. Know that Charles is picky, so if he said the street section is good, it means it's good. Manny pads, ledges, rails, step ups and other weirder obstacles, everyone will be able to shred and have a blast. The angles of the rails and ledges are good as well as the heights. Finally, there's a lot of speed to hit all the obstacles of the street course so you can skate all day without having to push that much.