Issues & Positions Archive

  • Skaters for Public Skateparks is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing communities with information that leads to better skateparks.  As skaters and community activists we are intimate with how skateparks function, the value they provide a community, and the factors that lead to their success. We occasionally get questions regarding our information services. In an effort to clarify our purpose as an organization, the most common […]

    SPS Q & A

    Skaters for Public Skateparks is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing communities with information that leads to better skateparks.  As skaters and community activists we are intimate with how skateparks function, the value they provide a community, and the factors that lead to their success. We occasionally get questions regarding our information services. In an effort to clarify our purpose as an organization, the most common […]

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  • We reject subtle word-play attempting to distinguish one style of skatepark over another. Bottom line: Public skateparks should possess an equitable mix of elements as diverse as skateboarding itself, including “street,” transition, and more. We advocate for freely-accessible public skateboard parks. These recreational facilities must equitably provide for the needs of a diverse community of skateboarders. Of late, there’s been grand discussions on each end of […]

    Street Terrain VS Transition Terrain

    We reject subtle word-play attempting to distinguish one style of skatepark over another. Bottom line: Public skateparks should possess an equitable mix of elements as diverse as skateboarding itself, including “street,” transition, and more. We advocate for freely-accessible public skateboard parks. These recreational facilities must equitably provide for the needs of a diverse community of skateboarders. Of late, there’s been grand discussions on each end of […]

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  • We believe that a quantitative analysis of all skatepark material options throughout the total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) favors concrete over modular materials. Further, too many skaters, vulnerable to surface inconsistencies due to hard wheels that can be as small as 50mm, have experienced first-hand the unnecessary hazard caused by the seam between the base of modular ramps and the pad […]

    Which is best? Concrete, wood, steel, or composites?

    We believe that a quantitative analysis of all skatepark material options throughout the total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) favors concrete over modular materials. Further, too many skaters, vulnerable to surface inconsistencies due to hard wheels that can be as small as 50mm, have experienced first-hand the unnecessary hazard caused by the seam between the base of modular ramps and the pad […]

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  • In a word: Yes. However, mixing bicyclists and non-bicyclists within the same facility introduces safety and maintenance considerations. This is particularly true in skateparks where patrons are often moving quickly, focused intently on their individual actions in an often hectic environment. Safety and displacement is the first primary concern. Care must be taken throughout the skatepark design process if the park is intended to be mixed- […]

    Does SPS Support Bikes in Skateparks?

    In a word: Yes. However, mixing bicyclists and non-bicyclists within the same facility introduces safety and maintenance considerations. This is particularly true in skateparks where patrons are often moving quickly, focused intently on their individual actions in an often hectic environment. Safety and displacement is the first primary concern. Care must be taken throughout the skatepark design process if the park is intended to be mixed- […]

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  • Finding the right spot for the new skatepark is often a complicated and often controversial process. Find out what's best for skatepark sites.

    Where Should Skateparks Be Built?

    Finding the right spot for the new skatepark is often a complicated and often controversial process. Find out what's best for skatepark sites.

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