Design and Construction
  • 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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  • Hundreds of hours of planning, advocacy and fundraising goes into every public skatepark. These advocates would often go it alone. Skatepark groups were making the same time-consuming mistakes or missing out on important information. With Skaters for Public Skateparks and its first-ever skatepark advocacy handbook, the Public Skatepark Development Guide, skatepark proponents can hit the ground running and pick up tips and tricks from the same […]

    Get The Guide!

    Hundreds of hours of planning, advocacy and fundraising goes into every public skatepark. These advocates would often go it alone. Skatepark groups were making the same time-consuming mistakes or missing out on important information. With Skaters for Public Skateparks and its first-ever skatepark advocacy handbook, the Public Skatepark Development Guide, skatepark proponents can hit the ground running and pick up tips and tricks from the same […]

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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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  • Landscape Architecture Magazine published this insightful article a few years ago. It focuses heavily on the key materials decision that many communities must face. Reprinted with permission. Building a Skatepark: Modular or Concrete By Carol Newman, Landscape Architecture Magazine Growth in the sport of skateboarding has come in waves: waves of interest among youth, waves of protest over urban street skaters, wooden waves on community facilities, […]

    Modular or Concrete?

    Landscape Architecture Magazine published this insightful article a few years ago. It focuses heavily on the key materials decision that many communities must face. Reprinted with permission. Building a Skatepark: Modular or Concrete By Carol Newman, Landscape Architecture Magazine Growth in the sport of skateboarding has come in waves: waves of interest among youth, waves of protest over urban street skaters, wooden waves on community facilities, […]

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  • Proposal For An All-Concrete Skatepark It is usually desirable to be a leader rather than a follower, but in the case of skate park construction we have the luxury of learning from the many communities that have built before us. There are approximately 78 skate parks in Washington State* and more are being constructed or planned. According to a survey conducted by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers […]

    Concrete Proposal

    Proposal For An All-Concrete Skatepark It is usually desirable to be a leader rather than a follower, but in the case of skate park construction we have the luxury of learning from the many communities that have built before us. There are approximately 78 skate parks in Washington State* and more are being constructed or planned. According to a survey conducted by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers […]

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  • Recently, I’ve been asked by several patients about the potential injuries that might occur as a result of Billings’ new skateboard park. As orthopedists, we have always assumed that skateboarding was a high-risk activity, based on the number of patients who show up in the emergency department with injuries. Dr. Michael Yorgason Recently, I’ve been asked by several patients about the potential injuries that might occur […]

    Skateboarding Safer than Basketball

    Recently, I’ve been asked by several patients about the potential injuries that might occur as a result of Billings’ new skateboard park. As orthopedists, we have always assumed that skateboarding was a high-risk activity, based on the number of patients who show up in the emergency department with injuries. Dr. Michael Yorgason Recently, I’ve been asked by several patients about the potential injuries that might occur […]

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  • A FLAGSHIP skatepark was today credited with causing a dramatic drop in youth disorder on a city estate plagued by trouble on its streets. People living in Broomhouse claim they have seen major improvements in the area since the £85,000 facility opened about four weeks ago. Despite the winter weather, its half-pipes and ramps have been drawing dozens of young people nightly to the Sighthill Park […]

    Skatepark Decreases Youth Crime

    A FLAGSHIP skatepark was today credited with causing a dramatic drop in youth disorder on a city estate plagued by trouble on its streets. People living in Broomhouse claim they have seen major improvements in the area since the £85,000 facility opened about four weeks ago. Despite the winter weather, its half-pipes and ramps have been drawing dozens of young people nightly to the Sighthill Park […]

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  • Grants are the life-blood of any grassroots fundraising campaign. Grants are basically cash awards given to projects that meet the foundation’s guidelines. There are national and state grants as well as smaller sources of funding that might be specific to a particular county, city, or even neighborhood. Grants are directed to projects that share a common mission. For example, the Tony Hawk Foundation awards grants primarily […]

    Grants Primer

    Grants are the life-blood of any grassroots fundraising campaign. Grants are basically cash awards given to projects that meet the foundation’s guidelines. There are national and state grants as well as smaller sources of funding that might be specific to a particular county, city, or even neighborhood. Grants are directed to projects that share a common mission. For example, the Tony Hawk Foundation awards grants primarily […]

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  • Vancouver, Washington sits on the bank of the Columbia River just across from Portland, Oregon – a region with many communities establishing top notch skatepark facilities. Clark County and the city of Vancouver consolidated their respective parks departments into the joint Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation Department (1997). The first piece of their skate terrain puzzle was established in 1998 – when public skateparks were in their […]

    Vancouver, Washington

    Vancouver, Washington sits on the bank of the Columbia River just across from Portland, Oregon – a region with many communities establishing top notch skatepark facilities. Clark County and the city of Vancouver consolidated their respective parks departments into the joint Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation Department (1997). The first piece of their skate terrain puzzle was established in 1998 – when public skateparks were in their […]

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