The summer is coming to a close but this weekend Hawrelak Park is hosting an international competition filled with extreme summer sports.
The Festival International des Sports Extreme World Series or FISE, as it’s more commonly known, will attract thousands of visitors to the park for BMX, Mountain biking and skateboarding competitions.
Eric Moulim, with FISE, says the event brings amateurs and professionals together and is free for everyone.
“The people of Edmonton are happy to have this type of event,” explains Moulim. “It is a big city, Hawrelak Park is a big place and we’re really looking forward to host a lot of people, maybe tens-of-thousands this weekend, pretty sure this event will be very popular.”
Edmonton is the fourth stop on the 2016 FISE World Series tour. It’s the latest example of Edmonton being awarded major events because of its reputation as a host city.
“No need to get your wallet out so just come to Hawrelak Park this weekend, it is free access and we welcome everyone,” explains Moulim. “Same goes with the competition. It is really part of the DNA of this World Series, the event is open to professionals and amateurs.”
Edmonton is the second-ever stop in North America for the FISE World Series. The first stop was two weeks ago in Denver, Colorado.
On the FISE website, Edmonton is described as the “capital of outdoors hockey” and a “central location for art and culture” which has “one of the biggest French communities in western Canada.”
Moulim says there will be Park-N-Ride services for those who want to attend the event, which kicks off Friday. (twd)