Finishing Leeside DIY Skate Park

$18,594 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 160 people in 25 months
Situated under Hastings Street at the Cassiar Connector lies Vancouver’s most iconic DIY skateparks: Leeside. Originally zoned to be a transit loop, the area was quickly abandoned after the city lost interest in the project. Lee Matasi, an aspiring young artist/skateboarder, saw potential in the space hidden beneath everyone else’s view. Together, he and a select group of dedicated friends began cleaning the tunnel and filling it with small wooden ramps and makeshift skate features. Forged out of an abandoned bus loop, Lee and his friends created an entirely DIY skatepark which quickly became a fixture in the Vancouver skate community.

Unfortunately, on December 3, 2005, Lee was the victim of a fatal shooting outside a Nightclub in downtown Vancouver. Shortly after his death, hundreds of Vancouver skateboarders and friends attended Leeside to hold a memorial at a skatepark that Matasi helped build. Thus coining the park with the name “LEESIDE”

Since then Leeside has experienced numerous ups and downs. From tear down threats, to arson, to numerous volunteer hours spent meeting with city officials, cutting red tape, it’s been the tireless effort of the dedicated Skateboarders and donations that has kept this park alive and growing.

Now, after the countless hours of volunteer work and thousands of dollars in generous donations from Fundraisers and such companies as Emerica shoes, Vans footwear, Anti Social Skate shop, Skull Skates, Krooked Skateboards & Spitfire Wheels, just to name a few, Leeside tunnel is over 60% finished!

But in order to complete our beloved tunnel and cherished memorial, to prove to the city that they weren't wrong to believe that skateparks are an important part of the community and to show that the city didnt make a mistake in entrusting us to build this place up to its full potential, we have to ask for your help.

Help us finish building Leeside, proving to the city that Skateboarding matters and DIY parks are a positive addition to everyone in the community. Help us maintain this special skatepark and artist space. Help us keep Lee's memorial alive! ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING HELPS!!

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Thank you everyone for this crushing amount of support! Here is a little write up of how the tunnel originally got named "Leeside"

"The story about how the place was named isn't quite right. Lee named the spot long before his death. He came up with the idea of a skate park there when he was in high school. I helped him make some of the first ramps in the woodshop at Temp. Over the years after lots of work went into the place, Lee painted a piece with the Leeside name at the north entrance and kept repainting it as it got painted over. It got a boost when at some point around 2000 some film or tv show was shot down there and they left a bunch of ramps they brought in for the shoot, a couple times most of the ramps were burned by some idiots - it was a fledgling project for a long time. At some point, maybe like '03 i think, the city made some kind of declaration of a park there, including officially naming it Leeside. By the time Lee died he'd put like 7 years into building that place up."
-Rick Labrin
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Amy Byers
25 months ago
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OUGH!!!

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William
6 days ago

*clothing line

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William
6 days ago

My crews trying to start a clothing to support skateboarding. We're shooting for twenty thousand. Once the shops up and going 10% of the profits go towards a skateboard for an unpriveliged kid.

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Paul Alvarez
7 months ago

Inspiration!

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Tom Weiss
24 months ago

King shit !!!! Fuck yeah

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Collin Patrick Russum
24 months ago

A scene for Deadpool was shot here. I bet Ryan Reynolds would be willing to help out, being a local and all. There has to be a reason why they shot the scene here, i think he's got some emotional connection to the place and since he just made over $10 million from that movie he should be willing to help. Hit him up!

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$18,594 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 160 people in 25 months
Created January 19, 2016
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$100
Sébastien Petit
12 days ago

Keep that crete pouring guys!

PH
$100
Perry Höhn
13 days ago

Even though I barely skate there for how much time I spend working in remote places, I’m stoked to support and see the progress. Gotta get some laps in soon!

RC
$1,000
Rethink Canada
3 months ago

We appreciate the opportunity to contribute to this beautiful space and also your patience sharing its historical significance with us. We hope our monetary contribution can serve as a symbol of our commitment to being a better neighbour and lay the groundwork for a better experience in the future. We’re truly sorry for any offense or upset we may have caused and offer our sincere apologies and condolences.

PH
$100
Perry Höhn
9 months ago

Never stop building! Ough

Amy Byers
25 months ago
2
2

OUGH!!!

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William
6 days ago

*clothing line

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William
6 days ago

My crews trying to start a clothing to support skateboarding. We're shooting for twenty thousand. Once the shops up and going 10% of the profits go towards a skateboard for an unpriveliged kid.

+ Read More
Paul Alvarez
7 months ago

Inspiration!

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Tom Weiss
24 months ago

King shit !!!! Fuck yeah

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Collin Patrick Russum
24 months ago

A scene for Deadpool was shot here. I bet Ryan Reynolds would be willing to help out, being a local and all. There has to be a reason why they shot the scene here, i think he's got some emotional connection to the place and since he just made over $10 million from that movie he should be willing to help. Hit him up!

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