Design and Construction
  • 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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  • San Antonio, TX is home to eleven public skateparks. The locals have been working since 1998 on creating these facilities. For more information visit the City of San Antonio website. The first concrete park in San Antonio was opened in 2004 at Ladybird Johnson Park. The 10,000 facility offers a flow bowl, ledges, a rail and a new bowled concrete quarterpipe built in 2008. The original […]

    San Antonio, Texas

    San Antonio, TX is home to eleven public skateparks. The locals have been working since 1998 on creating these facilities. For more information visit the City of San Antonio website. The first concrete park in San Antonio was opened in 2004 at Ladybird Johnson Park. The 10,000 facility offers a flow bowl, ledges, a rail and a new bowled concrete quarterpipe built in 2008. The original […]

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  • Austin, Texas

    Austin, TX is home to two great public skateparks. Both skateparks were created through years of hard work by the local skaters. At the moment Austin is breaking ground on a third public skatepark at the Austin Recreation Center. The skatepark in Mabel Davis Park is a world class facility offering 15,500 square feet of bowl and street terrain.  The park was completed in 2005 by […]

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  • Information you need before you apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant.

    Tony Hawk Foundation Grant Changes

    Information you need before you apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant.

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