United States Archive

  • 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 […]

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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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  • I remember getting the call. It was June of 2009 and my buddy Pat Ritchey called and said, “Come down to the viaduct at Kingshighway and Southwest Avenue.” I am oblivious at this point to what was happening entirely. I rolled down to the bridge that afternoon and straight into the first major pour we ended up doing. It was a flat wall quarter 5 ½’ […]

    Kingshighway: Building St. Louis Skateboarding

    I remember getting the call. It was June of 2009 and my buddy Pat Ritchey called and said, “Come down to the viaduct at Kingshighway and Southwest Avenue.” I am oblivious at this point to what was happening entirely. I rolled down to the bridge that afternoon and straight into the first major pour we ended up doing. It was a flat wall quarter 5 ½’ […]

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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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  • In January 2003, I contacted Dan Lenz, Director of Warren County, VA Parks and Recreation to see if there was interest in building a concrete skatepark. Mr. Lenz informed me that his department already met with the Warren County Board of Supervisors about the possibility of building such a facility in Warren County and he asked me to help him form a committee that would be […]

    Front Royal/Warren County, VA

    In January 2003, I contacted Dan Lenz, Director of Warren County, VA Parks and Recreation to see if there was interest in building a concrete skatepark. Mr. Lenz informed me that his department already met with the Warren County Board of Supervisors about the possibility of building such a facility in Warren County and he asked me to help him form a committee that would be […]

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  • EZ-7 is Houston’s oldest skatespot. The best I can tell from researching the construction of White Oak Bayou, is that it was built around 1967-69. I am sure the skaters and surfers found it right after that. The earliest skate photos I have seen are from 1973. There are about 15 of these same type ditches along White Oak Bayou, but none as skateable as EZ-7. […]

    The EZ-7 Ditch

    EZ-7 is Houston’s oldest skatespot. The best I can tell from researching the construction of White Oak Bayou, is that it was built around 1967-69. I am sure the skaters and surfers found it right after that. The earliest skate photos I have seen are from 1973. There are about 15 of these same type ditches along White Oak Bayou, but none as skateable as EZ-7. […]

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  • Back in about 2004 the City of Cedar Park approved $125,000 dollars for a skateboard park in one of the city’s parks. Every time they tried to approve a location the surrounding neighbors would show up to protest and they did not want this built in their back yard. So the money sat for a few years until the city decided to go in with Williamson […]

    Cedar Park, Texas

    Back in about 2004 the City of Cedar Park approved $125,000 dollars for a skateboard park in one of the city’s parks. Every time they tried to approve a location the surrounding neighbors would show up to protest and they did not want this built in their back yard. So the money sat for a few years until the city decided to go in with Williamson […]

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  • Oxford is located in Lafayette County in North Central Mississippi. With only 13,000 permanent residents, the economy of Oxford relies heavily on the 15,000 students and faculty that reside at the state college located there. Skateboarding is not illegal by law in Oxford, but skateboarding is prohibited in the entire town.  Talks began in regards to getting a skatepark in the late 90s.  However, due to […]

    Oxford, Mississippi

    Oxford is located in Lafayette County in North Central Mississippi. With only 13,000 permanent residents, the economy of Oxford relies heavily on the 15,000 students and faculty that reside at the state college located there. Skateboarding is not illegal by law in Oxford, but skateboarding is prohibited in the entire town.  Talks began in regards to getting a skatepark in the late 90s.  However, due to […]

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  • We are proud to introduce the first of our State Skatepark Indexes. The information that follows is the result of hard work, loads of phone calls, tons of emails, and dozens of tanks of gas. We trust that you will find this information helpful in your local skatepark planning. If you enjoy this report, please consider a donation of time or money to SPS. We would […]

    Texas Skatepark Index

    We are proud to introduce the first of our State Skatepark Indexes. The information that follows is the result of hard work, loads of phone calls, tons of emails, and dozens of tanks of gas. We trust that you will find this information helpful in your local skatepark planning. If you enjoy this report, please consider a donation of time or money to SPS. We would […]

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  • There may be no better place to be a skater than Portland, Oregon, particularly for those old enough to drive. Portland has loads of skateparks in and around it. DIY Burnside Few skateparks are as well-documented as Burnside. The park continues to be the central inspiration for hundreds of others. Every aspects of the place evokes an urban skateboarder aesthetic. There are few equals when it […]

    Portland, Oregon

    There may be no better place to be a skater than Portland, Oregon, particularly for those old enough to drive. Portland has loads of skateparks in and around it. DIY Burnside Few skateparks are as well-documented as Burnside. The park continues to be the central inspiration for hundreds of others. Every aspects of the place evokes an urban skateboarder aesthetic. There are few equals when it […]

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