Design and Construction
  • There are only a few places left in the world where one wouldn’t consider skateboarding a central part of youth culture. One of those places is Kampala, Uganda. Landlocked and one of the poorest countries in the world, Uganda is bordered by countries with their own share of troubles; Sudan, Tanzania, and Rwanda, among others. Kampala, Uganda’s capital, has a working class suburb called Kitintale which […]

    Uganda

    There are only a few places left in the world where one wouldn’t consider skateboarding a central part of youth culture. One of those places is Kampala, Uganda. Landlocked and one of the poorest countries in the world, Uganda is bordered by countries with their own share of troubles; Sudan, Tanzania, and Rwanda, among others. Kampala, Uganda’s capital, has a working class suburb called Kitintale which […]

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  • Communities and skatepark advocates everywhere face the same crossroads at some point in the development cycle: “Do you want the skatepark to be cheap, fast, or good? (You may choose only two.)” Skateboarding advocates obviously lean towards making the skatepark good because nobody wants a crappy skatepark, (right?), and fast…like, it should have been built yesterday. The cost of the skatepark is the last priority. The […]

    Cheap, Fast, AND Good!?

    Communities and skatepark advocates everywhere face the same crossroads at some point in the development cycle: “Do you want the skatepark to be cheap, fast, or good? (You may choose only two.)” Skateboarding advocates obviously lean towards making the skatepark good because nobody wants a crappy skatepark, (right?), and fast…like, it should have been built yesterday. The cost of the skatepark is the last priority. The […]

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  • If we had our way there would never be any design mistakes. With a little planning and some luck you will never face any of these problems. We asked SPS contributors for the most common design mistakes. Here they are! 1. Not employing expert design assistance and relying on “turn-key” skatepark providers. The results are unimaginative, cookie-cutter facilities that don’t meet the community’s sophisticated needs. 2. […]

    Top 10 Design Mistakes

    If we had our way there would never be any design mistakes. With a little planning and some luck you will never face any of these problems. We asked SPS contributors for the most common design mistakes. Here they are! 1. Not employing expert design assistance and relying on “turn-key” skatepark providers. The results are unimaginative, cookie-cutter facilities that don’t meet the community’s sophisticated needs. 2. […]

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  • Whether you’re a community activist or facing a passionate group of constituents, you recognize that skateboarders in your area need safe places to recreate. What you do with that knowledge could mean the difference between a incredible new facility that the community is proud of or something that falls far short of that. Going into the skatepark development process with a good grasp of the kinds […]

    We need a skatepark! Where do we begin?

    Whether you’re a community activist or facing a passionate group of constituents, you recognize that skateboarders in your area need safe places to recreate. What you do with that knowledge could mean the difference between a incredible new facility that the community is proud of or something that falls far short of that. Going into the skatepark development process with a good grasp of the kinds […]

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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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  • 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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