Once upon a time the Kanaka Road Skatepark was covered with carefully painted artwork. And some touching memorials to Salt Spring ‘kids’ (Clark and Diana). It was great to see!
Now there are a couple—I saw only two—carefully crafted ‘tags’. The remainder was, in my view, not as interesting as bare concrete. Sadly there seemed a lack of ownership and pride in the place generally. Things change I suppose; fingers crossed a new generation of kids will return the skatepark to its glory days.
Though enjoyed by many for swimming, the lake is also a water reservoir for much of Salt Spring Island.
August 16th Update from Salt Spring Library:
Saturday, September 24, 2PM
Book Launch: Mod ‘n Lavender: Salt Spring Island in the ’60s.
Author John Grain revisits teenage life on SS in the 1960s at the Salt Spring Library.
Can’t wait? I found a link to electronic and print copies here.
Author John Grain revisits teenage life on Salt Spring Island during the 1960s. “Salt Spring Island was the hub, the focal point of the counterculture in Canada and I had missed it,” says Grain.