Eighth Street Skatepark Mural Project

The Eighth St Skatepark Murals Project is an ongoing project with the goal to enhance the Etobicoke-Lakeshore community skatepark through murals by local artists. 

This summer 2020, we plan to create 4 new murals to the skatepark and provide some maintenance to an already existing mural. This year’s project will focus on providing mentorship in the field of mural art; the project will provide opportunity for artist assistants and 1 mural art project coordinator to be mentored, in an effort to build up the mural art talent in the city. 

Community Consultation
We are looking for feedback from local community members and people who use the 8th St Skatepark. Please take 5 minutes to fill out our Community Feedback Survey to help inform the direction of the project.

This short survey is meant to gain feedback from those who live locally or who use the 8th St Skatepark in Lakeshore-Etobicoke. Our goal is to collect community feedback so that the new murals being added to the Skatepark this summer reflect the community needs and ideas, and that they are enjoyed as a creative expression of the local community for years to come.

Stay tuned to our website, newsletter, and social media for updates for the upcoming Call for Artists.

Project History
The project began in the summer 2017 with a mural created by Lakeshore Art’s ARTiculate: Youth Leadership In the Arts program, led by artist Moises Frank (Luvsumone). Additionally, the bowl was painted by Moises and artist Javid that year. In 2018, the project gained momentum through community fundraising and support from local councillor Mark Grimes and StreetARToronto. Through consultation with the local community and representative from the Toronto Skateboarding Committee, the project created 5 new murals across the park – by artists Fatspatrol, Peru, Chris Perez, Nick Sweetman, and Moises Frank. A number of local youth were mentored and assisted with the priming and painting. A celebration was held on August 4, 2018, at the Skate on 8 event, an annual skate competition event at the park. In addition, at the request of the local skate community, artist Anya Mielniczek was commissioned to paint a restoration of the portraits on the half pipe, in memory of local skaters who had passed. 

Acknowledgement: The 2020 Skatepark Murals Project is made possible thanks to the support from Councillor Grimes, local Section 45 funds, and the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program.

Want to be part of the conversation? Join the 8th Street Skatepark Mural Facebook Group 

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