Skatepark Management Archive

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Interview with Ty Smith, Coordinator of the Summer at the Skatepark Program: Free Drop In Skateboarding coaching in Castlegar, BC When was Castlegar Skatepark built? The Castlegar Rotary Skatepark was completed in 2003 and was designed by Spectrum Skatepark Creations. How was the park received? In the beginning, the park was a huge step forward for the Castlegar skateboarding scene, but there was not a plan […]

    An Interview with Ty Smith: Drop Into Skateboarding

    Interview with Ty Smith, Coordinator of the Summer at the Skatepark Program: Free Drop In Skateboarding coaching in Castlegar, BC When was Castlegar Skatepark built? The Castlegar Rotary Skatepark was completed in 2003 and was designed by Spectrum Skatepark Creations. How was the park received? In the beginning, the park was a huge step forward for the Castlegar skateboarding scene, but there was not a plan […]

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  • On Dec. 20th 2008, the City of Victoria opened a state of the art 15,000 square foot skatepark. The park features a large street area and a flow bowl, and is hailed as a destination skatepark in South Texas. Unfortunately, when the park opened it lacked common park amenities like restrooms, water fountains and shade structures. On top of that, the skatepark was poorly sited behind […]

    Victoria, TX: Taking the Park Back

    On Dec. 20th 2008, the City of Victoria opened a state of the art 15,000 square foot skatepark. The park features a large street area and a flow bowl, and is hailed as a destination skatepark in South Texas. Unfortunately, when the park opened it lacked common park amenities like restrooms, water fountains and shade structures. On top of that, the skatepark was poorly sited behind […]

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  • A few years ago we had A LOT of offensive, gang-looking tagging and graffiti showing up at Carolina Skatepark with the #1 target being the big bowl (likely due to it’s depth and the ability to not be seen easily from street level.) We’d heard that the “unwritten code” with graffiti artists is they will not tag each others artwork – so we thought we’d give […]

    Painting Murals in Skateparks

    A few years ago we had A LOT of offensive, gang-looking tagging and graffiti showing up at Carolina Skatepark with the #1 target being the big bowl (likely due to it’s depth and the ability to not be seen easily from street level.) We’d heard that the “unwritten code” with graffiti artists is they will not tag each others artwork – so we thought we’d give […]

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  •   Skatepark maintenance is a subject that to this point often has more questions than answers. The main reason for this is the age of most of the modern public skateparks. These facilities as we know them now only started to take shape in the late 90′s, so they are still in their relative infancy. There are many variables, the most significant being the material that […]

    Oregon Skatepark Maintenance

      Skatepark maintenance is a subject that to this point often has more questions than answers. The main reason for this is the age of most of the modern public skateparks. These facilities as we know them now only started to take shape in the late 90′s, so they are still in their relative infancy. There are many variables, the most significant being the material that […]

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  • Picture this scenario. A community decides the kids playing basketball in the streets and driveways of homes and local businesses are becoming a public nuisance. In an effort to give kids a safer place to practice their skills, the city creates a community basketball court superior to any other basketball facilities in town. The court is a huge success with hundreds of users daily, and is […]

    Programs to Promote a Positive Skatepark

    Picture this scenario. A community decides the kids playing basketball in the streets and driveways of homes and local businesses are becoming a public nuisance. In an effort to give kids a safer place to practice their skills, the city creates a community basketball court superior to any other basketball facilities in town. The court is a huge success with hundreds of users daily, and is […]

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  • When the Knoxville skatepark opened in 2008 it concluded a three-year effort by local advocates. Their effort didn’t stop there, however. They transitioned into an effective stewardship group for that facility and continue to schedule events and clean-up days even now. Check out their site and give them the support and accolades they deserve.

    Knoxville Skatepark advocacy group

    When the Knoxville skatepark opened in 2008 it concluded a three-year effort by local advocates. Their effort didn’t stop there, however. They transitioned into an effective stewardship group for that facility and continue to schedule events and clean-up days even now. Check out their site and give them the support and accolades they deserve.

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  • …and What You Can Do About It. There is not a single parks manager who doesn’t see a way to improve any recreational facility. The challenges facing parks are everywhere; the expensive maintenance costs of a new soccer field, finding qualified volunteers for an after-school program, or the lack of  land for an off-leash dog park. The fact is that no recreational facility is without its […]

    How Skateparks Fail…

    …and What You Can Do About It. There is not a single parks manager who doesn’t see a way to improve any recreational facility. The challenges facing parks are everywhere; the expensive maintenance costs of a new soccer field, finding qualified volunteers for an after-school program, or the lack of  land for an off-leash dog park. The fact is that no recreational facility is without its […]

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  • Establishing a positive skatepark climate is easily achieved through inexpensive and fun programming.

    Skatepark Programming

    Establishing a positive skatepark climate is easily achieved through inexpensive and fun programming.

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