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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • (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 […]

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  •  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 […]

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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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  • Experienced skatepark advocates are able to stand in front an audience and claim with some certainty how many skaters are in any particular community. How do they do it? They follow a simple formula that we call the “Skatepark Adoption Model.” The Logic Behind the Skatepark Adoption Model The Skatepark Adoption Model (SAM) is a simple formula for determining how much skatepark a community needs. To […]

    Skatepark Adoption Model

    Experienced skatepark advocates are able to stand in front an audience and claim with some certainty how many skaters are in any particular community. How do they do it? They follow a simple formula that we call the “Skatepark Adoption Model.” The Logic Behind the Skatepark Adoption Model The Skatepark Adoption Model (SAM) is a simple formula for determining how much skatepark a community needs. To […]

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  • Ordinary community parks are created according to a typical process. It’s important that skatepark advocates understand this process in order to save time, avoid mistakes, able to engage the Parks agency on professional terms, and prevent becoming impatient during particular stages. There is incredible pressure on Parks Departments everywhere to provide more for the public with less money. When the opportunity to create a new park […]

    Understanding Master Plans

    Ordinary community parks are created according to a typical process. It’s important that skatepark advocates understand this process in order to save time, avoid mistakes, able to engage the Parks agency on professional terms, and prevent becoming impatient during particular stages. There is incredible pressure on Parks Departments everywhere to provide more for the public with less money. When the opportunity to create a new park […]

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  • Love him or hate him there is no doubt that Rob Dyrdek has joined the pantheon of skateboarders who have become widely recognizable by the general public. And why shouldn’t he be with two television programs behind him and a track record of putting skateparks at the forefront of his world vision. When the skatepark at Kettering, Ohio was built it set a new standard in […]

    Dyrdek’s Los Angeles Vision

    Love him or hate him there is no doubt that Rob Dyrdek has joined the pantheon of skateboarders who have become widely recognizable by the general public. And why shouldn’t he be with two television programs behind him and a track record of putting skateparks at the forefront of his world vision. When the skatepark at Kettering, Ohio was built it set a new standard in […]

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  • Communities and skatepark advocates everywhere face the same crossroads at some point in the development cycle: “Do you want the skatepark to be cheap, fast, or good? (You may choose only two.)” Skateboarding advocates obviously lean towards making the skatepark good because nobody wants a crappy skatepark, (right?), and fast…like, it should have been built yesterday. The cost of the skatepark is the last priority. The […]

    Cheap, Fast, AND Good!?

    Communities and skatepark advocates everywhere face the same crossroads at some point in the development cycle: “Do you want the skatepark to be cheap, fast, or good? (You may choose only two.)” Skateboarding advocates obviously lean towards making the skatepark good because nobody wants a crappy skatepark, (right?), and fast…like, it should have been built yesterday. The cost of the skatepark is the last priority. The […]

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  • Every skatepark is the result of a successfully executed process, with phases that are remarkably consistent from one to the next. The SPS team represents skaters who for years have involved themselves in these projects, across the US, Canada, and Europe. If we’ve learned one thing in all our years of advocacy, it’s that eventually we encountered fewer and fewer surprises. The way to understand the […]

    Skatepark Process Overview

    Every skatepark is the result of a successfully executed process, with phases that are remarkably consistent from one to the next. The SPS team represents skaters who for years have involved themselves in these projects, across the US, Canada, and Europe. If we’ve learned one thing in all our years of advocacy, it’s that eventually we encountered fewer and fewer surprises. The way to understand the […]

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