Design and Construction
  • If you’re looking for a place to skate try Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city has endless amounts of skate terrain including numerous ditches, street spots and backyard ramps. On top of that, Albuquerque is home to an impressive skate park system unmatched by any other city in the nation. The City of Albuquerque operates six public skateparks and Bernillo County where Albuquerque is located operates two […]

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    If you’re looking for a place to skate try Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city has endless amounts of skate terrain including numerous ditches, street spots and backyard ramps. On top of that, Albuquerque is home to an impressive skate park system unmatched by any other city in the nation. The City of Albuquerque operates six public skateparks and Bernillo County where Albuquerque is located operates two […]

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  • Tacoma sits 30 miles south of Seattle and is at the southern tip of the Strait of Juan DeFuca. Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington State with a population of 200,000—just a bit smaller than Spokane. The space between Tacoma and Seattle is filled with suburban communities—and skateparks. Tacoma has been steadily working on its skatepark system since 2006. It has two skateparks within […]

    Tacoma, Washington

    Tacoma sits 30 miles south of Seattle and is at the southern tip of the Strait of Juan DeFuca. Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington State with a population of 200,000—just a bit smaller than Spokane. The space between Tacoma and Seattle is filled with suburban communities—and skateparks. Tacoma has been steadily working on its skatepark system since 2006. It has two skateparks within […]

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  • The Houston area has a unique skatepark system in which there are both skateparks operated by the city and the county. The City of Houston operates six skateparks and Harris County where Houston is located operates six skateparks. Altogether there are 12 skateparks operated by the city and county. However, the most notable skatepark out all these is the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark. The Lee […]

    Houston, Texas

    The Houston area has a unique skatepark system in which there are both skateparks operated by the city and the county. The City of Houston operates six skateparks and Harris County where Houston is located operates six skateparks. Altogether there are 12 skateparks operated by the city and county. However, the most notable skatepark out all these is the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark. The Lee […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Figuring out how your local government works and who you will want to talk to about a new skatepark can be confusing for people who haven’t done it before. Thankfully it’s not as confusing as it might seem. How the new skatepark is approved will largely be determined by the agency (or agencies) that own the land, will plan and manage its creation, and will maintain […]

    Tips for Understanding Local Government

    Figuring out how your local government works and who you will want to talk to about a new skatepark can be confusing for people who haven’t done it before. Thankfully it’s not as confusing as it might seem. How the new skatepark is approved will largely be determined by the agency (or agencies) that own the land, will plan and manage its creation, and will maintain […]

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  • If you are new to skatepark advocacy, here are a few pointers that will set you on the right path immediately.

    Tips for First-Time Advocates

    If you are new to skatepark advocacy, here are a few pointers that will set you on the right path immediately.

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  • Here is a specific formulas for calculating how many skaters exist in any community. How many skaters are in a community is a question that advocates will want to deliver again and again. In any given community, roughly 4.6% will be casual skateboarders and half of those will be weekly skaters. With only a general population and region, one can get an approximate number of skateboarders […]

    How Many Skaters Near You?

    Here is a specific formulas for calculating how many skaters exist in any community. How many skaters are in a community is a question that advocates will want to deliver again and again. In any given community, roughly 4.6% will be casual skateboarders and half of those will be weekly skaters. With only a general population and region, one can get an approximate number of skateboarders […]

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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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