Calgarians have started to realize that going downhill fast on a really cold day isn’t such a bad idea after all.
“The great thing about the Acura Tube Park is that, despite the cold, people are still coming out,” Dale Oviatt, senior manager of communications and stakeholder engagement for WinSport, said in a recent interview.
“You actually didn’t notice how cold it was (during the January cold snap) because you were so busy having fun and staying active,” he said.
Oviatt said that in January, the park saw 800 people a day on weekends, and more than 1,000 people a day during the holiday break.
Calgary residents Rachel Branscombe and Logan Dawn have been contributing to those numbers with their relatives and children since the tube park opened in late 2016.
“We really enjoy coming here. It’s not a hassle to get to and it doesn’t require equipment like skiing or snowboarding,” said Branscombe.
“We have done the (tube run) at Lake Louise, but this is much more convenient than the two-hour drive to the mountains.”
Oviatt also said that convenience of the location is a factor to the popularity of the park and also that is does not require any equipment like other winter sports.
“The Acura Tube Park provides the community with another recreational option in a safe environment. Not everyone skis or snowboards, so the great thing about a tube park is that anyone can do it and you can enjoy it with the entire family,” said Oviatt.
“With the park within the city limits, it also provides another great option for evening entertainment or weekend entertainment without leaving the city.”
Dawn said that bringing her kids to the WinSport park, as opposed to any mountain tube park, has saved her money, and has allowed her to spend more quality time outdoors with her children.
Other sliders and non-Calgary residents, Harry and Isabella Martin, have said that the tube park has made their Calgary trip more memorable.
The great thing about the Tube Park is that despite the cold people were still coming out. You actually didn’t notice how cold it was because you were so busy having fun and were staying active. – David Oviatt.
“Last time we came to visit Calgary we found that there wasn’t much to do outdoors-wise other than going to the mountains,” said Harry Martin, who is visiting from Sydney, Australia with his family.
“Having this tube park is a massive benefit to the community and it’s been a great time.”
The Acura Tube Park consists of ten lanes and has been open since early December and plans to remain open until the end of March.
Tickets to ride the tube park are available online at the WinSport website for two, three, or four hours and can be reloaded for a discounted price.