A Farewell to TRM
A Farewell to Sacred Ground
This “bump in the ground” might look like a certified P.O.S to you but for many who grew up in the rural Fraser Valley, this place meant everything. This is TRM skatepark, and at the beginning of 2012 the district of Chilliwack plans on digging this decrepit skateboard park up to build a library in its place.
It is hard to describe to non-skateboarders the importance of a place like TRM. I guess the best way to describe is to get them to imagine the house they grew up at getting torn down but that still doesn’t do it its justice. We as skateboarder’s had houses we grew up in but we also had our TRMs. A spot were we could learn our first kickflips, drink our first beers, a spot where we could learn how to act socially outside of a controlled environment like school or team sports. For the kids of the Fraser Valley this was our Love Park, our EMB, and our MACBA all wrapped into one.
We decided to throw an unofficial farewell session for everyone who ever skated our horrible little piece of heaven and we shot a video of the days festivities. There was no contest, no winners or losers. It was just a day to bring family back together to say our found farewells to an old friend. TRM might be gone but the lessons it taught the many skaters who visited there will live on forever. I can only hope that the new skatepark they are building there will have the same effect on the next generations as TRM did on ours.
Official link for video and story here: