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  • An Interview with Billy & Catherine Coulon By: Mike Leeds Evergreen just broke ground on another new park in Colorado earlier this week. How is your newest creation coming along so far? Well we literally just started 3 days ago, but we have the bowl and street course dug. This is the largest design/build project we’ve done in awhile so we are super excited about it. […]

    An Interview with Evergreen Skateparks: Building Skateparks that Flow for Everyone

    An Interview with Billy & Catherine Coulon By: Mike Leeds Evergreen just broke ground on another new park in Colorado earlier this week. How is your newest creation coming along so far? Well we literally just started 3 days ago, but we have the bowl and street course dug. This is the largest design/build project we’ve done in awhile so we are super excited about it. […]

  • Tony when did you start skating and how did you get into building skateparks? I started skating I was 8 (1980). My friend from my soccer team brought me along for a weekend trip to Kona and he let me use one of his extra boards. I was instantly hooked and have been rolling ever since. My first ramp was an amazing structure, consisting of pieces […]

    An Interview with Tony Misiano: Replacing Modular Parks

    Tony when did you start skating and how did you get into building skateparks? I started skating I was 8 (1980). My friend from my soccer team brought me along for a weekend trip to Kona and he let me use one of his extra boards. I was instantly hooked and have been rolling ever since. My first ramp was an amazing structure, consisting of pieces […]

  • In the USA skateboarders are classified as pedestrians even though they ride a four wheeled device that is capable of speeds faster than those generated by a pedestrian.  Most cities outlaw skateboarding unless it is for transportation, like to schools or around neighborhood streets, and tell skateboarders that they may not use sidewalks.  Other cities have laws claiming that sidewalks must be used for skateboarding, yet […]

    2013 Skateboarding Fatalities

    In the USA skateboarders are classified as pedestrians even though they ride a four wheeled device that is capable of speeds faster than those generated by a pedestrian.  Most cities outlaw skateboarding unless it is for transportation, like to schools or around neighborhood streets, and tell skateboarders that they may not use sidewalks.  Other cities have laws claiming that sidewalks must be used for skateboarding, yet […]

  • Article contributed by Spohn Ranch Skateparks A skatepark is only as good as the site that it’s located within. And because a skatepark’s site is so critical to the ongoing success of the facility, finding the perfect one can often be one of the most arduous parts of the skatepark development process.  If you know the right qualities to strive for however, the site selection stage […]

    How To Choose a Great Skatepark Site

    Article contributed by Spohn Ranch Skateparks A skatepark is only as good as the site that it’s located within. And because a skatepark’s site is so critical to the ongoing success of the facility, finding the perfect one can often be one of the most arduous parts of the skatepark development process.  If you know the right qualities to strive for however, the site selection stage […]

  • By Ty Smith   In this brief paper I will outline how the Summer at the Skatepark based in Castlegar, British Columbia has increased participation since its inception in 2011. We found participation is increased based on the following: Setting clear goals 1.    Providing free skateboarding instruction through July and August at the Castlegar Rotary Skatepark. 2.    Providing free quality skateboard equipment including boards, helmets and […]

    The Castlegar Skate Program

    By Ty Smith   In this brief paper I will outline how the Summer at the Skatepark based in Castlegar, British Columbia has increased participation since its inception in 2011. We found participation is increased based on the following: Setting clear goals 1.    Providing free skateboarding instruction through July and August at the Castlegar Rotary Skatepark. 2.    Providing free quality skateboard equipment including boards, helmets and […]

  • Skateboarders Need to Start Thinking Locally Written by Ben Wixon The phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally,” encourages people to help improve the health of the entire planet by becoming active in their own community. This phrase is rarely referenced to skateboarding, but if the latest data on skateboarding sales and participation are correct, skateboarders need to start thinking about what they can do to help improve […]

    Think Globally, Skate Locally

    Skateboarders Need to Start Thinking Locally Written by Ben Wixon The phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally,” encourages people to help improve the health of the entire planet by becoming active in their own community. This phrase is rarely referenced to skateboarding, but if the latest data on skateboarding sales and participation are correct, skateboarders need to start thinking about what they can do to help improve […]

Planning and Advocacy
  • Skaters for Public Skateparks is always looking for new insight and also to help promote skateboarding in general. Last October, I had the pleasure of being introduced to pro skater Amelia Brodka. We had a great conversation about skateparks and skateboarding in general. It was obvious to me that Amelia is a committed skater for life. As a self-proclaimed skateboard addict, she worked tirelessly to put […]

    “Underexposed” in the Public Eye: Amelia Brodka Interview

    Skaters for Public Skateparks is always looking for new insight and also to help promote skateboarding in general. Last October, I had the pleasure of being introduced to pro skater Amelia Brodka. We had a great conversation about skateparks and skateboarding in general. It was obvious to me that Amelia is a committed skater for life. As a self-proclaimed skateboard addict, she worked tirelessly to put […]

  • In the early 2000′s, when the public skatepark boom started to hit the country many cities went with the option of building modular skateparks to tests the waters. At the time, public skateparks were few and far between and cities were unsure whether a public skatepark would work for their community. As a result, they opted for a modular solution to see how the kids would […]

    Replacing Modular Parks with Concrete

    In the early 2000′s, when the public skatepark boom started to hit the country many cities went with the option of building modular skateparks to tests the waters. At the time, public skateparks were few and far between and cities were unsure whether a public skatepark would work for their community. As a result, they opted for a modular solution to see how the kids would […]

  • (In the last few years, SPS has worked with a lot of cities in replacing out dated modular skateparks. The following RFP was used by one of the many cities we work with in replacing a modular skatepark. If your city is planning a skatepark hiring an experienced skatepark contractor is one of the most important steps. This RFP covers the scope and qualifications used in […]

    Sample RFP for a Skatepark Bid (Replacing a Modular Skatepark)

    (In the last few years, SPS has worked with a lot of cities in replacing out dated modular skateparks. The following RFP was used by one of the many cities we work with in replacing a modular skatepark. If your city is planning a skatepark hiring an experienced skatepark contractor is one of the most important steps. This RFP covers the scope and qualifications used in […]

  •  SPS (Skaters for Public Skateparks) has researched modular above ground equipment since 2004. This types of skatepark, and the range of materials used to build them, had only a brief history and no real test data available. Yet many communities were choosing above-ground modular products in over a traditional poured-in-place concrete skatepark, which have been the standard since the 1970′s. SPS focused its research on durability […]

    Just Say NO To Modular Skateparks

     SPS (Skaters for Public Skateparks) has researched modular above ground equipment since 2004. This types of skatepark, and the range of materials used to build them, had only a brief history and no real test data available. Yet many communities were choosing above-ground modular products in over a traditional poured-in-place concrete skatepark, which have been the standard since the 1970′s. SPS focused its research on durability […]

  • Sometimes it takes years to get a good skatepark built in your town, and skaters are usually the ones leading the effort. SPS recently sat down with long time skater and skatepark advocate Dan Prasil. It took Dan and his crew over twelve to build a world class skatepark in their town. Check out how they did it… How long have you been skating? I’ve been […]

    Lewiston, ID: Interview with Dan Prasil

    Sometimes it takes years to get a good skatepark built in your town, and skaters are usually the ones leading the effort. SPS recently sat down with long time skater and skatepark advocate Dan Prasil. It took Dan and his crew over twelve to build a world class skatepark in their town. Check out how they did it… How long have you been skating? I’ve been […]

  • In the last four years, four concrete skateparks have been built in Israel. That, in itself, is huge for our local scene. Even sweeter is that the parks have been contracted out to Grindline and that the most recently completed one in Kfar Saba was built by a Grindline-Dreamland cooperative effort that included Mark Hubbard, Mark Scott, Sage Bolyard, Tavita Scanlon, and Alfred Perez. The first […]

    Concrete Skateparks in the Holy Land

    In the last four years, four concrete skateparks have been built in Israel. That, in itself, is huge for our local scene. Even sweeter is that the parks have been contracted out to Grindline and that the most recently completed one in Kfar Saba was built by a Grindline-Dreamland cooperative effort that included Mark Hubbard, Mark Scott, Sage Bolyard, Tavita Scanlon, and Alfred Perez. The first […]

Design and Construction
  • In the last four years, four concrete skateparks have been built in Israel. That, in itself, is huge for our local scene. Even sweeter is that the parks have been contracted out to Grindline and that the most recently completed one in Kfar Saba was built by a Grindline-Dreamland cooperative effort that included Mark Hubbard, Mark Scott, Sage Bolyard, Tavita Scanlon, and Alfred Perez. The first […]

    Concrete Skateparks in the Holy Land

    In the last four years, four concrete skateparks have been built in Israel. That, in itself, is huge for our local scene. Even sweeter is that the parks have been contracted out to Grindline and that the most recently completed one in Kfar Saba was built by a Grindline-Dreamland cooperative effort that included Mark Hubbard, Mark Scott, Sage Bolyard, Tavita Scanlon, and Alfred Perez. The first […]

  • When it comes to building a public skatepark a lot of park managers begin to look at underutilized park space around the city. An old tennis court or an old basketball court can sometimes make a perfect spot to place a skatepark. The great thing about finding a location like this is the park usually has lighting, parking, restrooms, a water fountain, etc. Typically, when a […]

    Building a Concrete Skatepark on an Old Tennis Court

    When it comes to building a public skatepark a lot of park managers begin to look at underutilized park space around the city. An old tennis court or an old basketball court can sometimes make a perfect spot to place a skatepark. The great thing about finding a location like this is the park usually has lighting, parking, restrooms, a water fountain, etc. Typically, when a […]

  • How To: Ledge Repair When the skatepark in the City of Seatac, Washington, was opened, the designer didn’t plan for the popularity of a small ledge built into a larger pyramid structure. Over the next five years the ledge was ground down until it was rough and pebbly. With an upcoming contest, Dave Waite and Jake Weger of Tacoma contacted SPS NW Regional Director Brock McNally […]

    DIY SeaTac Ledge Repair

    How To: Ledge Repair When the skatepark in the City of Seatac, Washington, was opened, the designer didn’t plan for the popularity of a small ledge built into a larger pyramid structure. Over the next five years the ledge was ground down until it was rough and pebbly. With an upcoming contest, Dave Waite and Jake Weger of Tacoma contacted SPS NW Regional Director Brock McNally […]

  • Here are step-by-step instructions on how to build a manual pad for under $3,000. This project was demonstrated in Tacoma, Washington in April, 2010 and took three days of work over a two-week span. Step 1: Funding The local skatepark group approached the neighborhood council with a proposal to introduce a new skateboarding structure at an existing skatepark. Once a year the council is provided foundation […]

    DIY Tacoma Manual Pad

    Here are step-by-step instructions on how to build a manual pad for under $3,000. This project was demonstrated in Tacoma, Washington in April, 2010 and took three days of work over a two-week span. Step 1: Funding The local skatepark group approached the neighborhood council with a proposal to introduce a new skateboarding structure at an existing skatepark. Once a year the council is provided foundation […]

  • A group of types is known as a typology. This skatepark typology outlines different types of skateparks in the same language that park planners use to define ordinary city parks. Each type of skatepark can work alone or across a region to establish a skatepark system. Advocates will find it useful to describe skateparks according to their type more useful than simply calling any skate space […]

    Types of Skateparks

    A group of types is known as a typology. This skatepark typology outlines different types of skateparks in the same language that park planners use to define ordinary city parks. Each type of skatepark can work alone or across a region to establish a skatepark system. Advocates will find it useful to describe skateparks according to their type more useful than simply calling any skate space […]

  • There is no excuse for this kind of quality. The single largest barrier to creating a quality skatepark is in relying on a weak Request For Proposal (RFP) specification. It’s an easy problem to fix but too many Parks Planners and city officials simply go with what they mistakenly believe will provide the least expensive facility that will meet the minimum requirements of the skateboarding community. […]

    Sample RFP for Skatepark Bids

    There is no excuse for this kind of quality. The single largest barrier to creating a quality skatepark is in relying on a weak Request For Proposal (RFP) specification. It’s an easy problem to fix but too many Parks Planners and city officials simply go with what they mistakenly believe will provide the least expensive facility that will meet the minimum requirements of the skateboarding community. […]

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