Design and Construction
  • Skateboarders Need to Start Thinking Locally Written by Ben Wixon The phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally,” encourages people to help improve the health of the entire planet by becoming active in their own community. This phrase is rarely referenced to skateboarding, but if the latest data on skateboarding sales and participation are correct, skateboarders need to start thinking about what they can do to help improve […]

    Think Globally, Skate Locally

    Skateboarders Need to Start Thinking Locally Written by Ben Wixon The phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally,” encourages people to help improve the health of the entire planet by becoming active in their own community. This phrase is rarely referenced to skateboarding, but if the latest data on skateboarding sales and participation are correct, skateboarders need to start thinking about what they can do to help improve […]

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  • Skaters for Public Skateparks is always looking for new insight and also to help promote skateboarding in general. Last October, I had the pleasure of being introduced to pro skater Amelia Brodka. We had a great conversation about skateparks and skateboarding in general. It was obvious to me that Amelia is a committed skater for life. As a self-proclaimed skateboard addict, she worked tirelessly to put […]

    “Underexposed” in the Public Eye: Amelia Brodka Interview

    Skaters for Public Skateparks is always looking for new insight and also to help promote skateboarding in general. Last October, I had the pleasure of being introduced to pro skater Amelia Brodka. We had a great conversation about skateparks and skateboarding in general. It was obvious to me that Amelia is a committed skater for life. As a self-proclaimed skateboard addict, she worked tirelessly to put […]

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  • Skateboarding Fatality Report for the USA, 2012 At SPS, we greatly mourn the loss of our fellow skateboarders as we continue to push for safe skateboarding facilities around the globe. Our condolences go out to the friends and families of those named in this report. We hope to prevent these senseless tragedies from happening in the future. As explained in the 2011 skateboarding fatality report, the […]

    2012 Skateboarding Fatalities

    Skateboarding Fatality Report for the USA, 2012 At SPS, we greatly mourn the loss of our fellow skateboarders as we continue to push for safe skateboarding facilities around the globe. Our condolences go out to the friends and families of those named in this report. We hope to prevent these senseless tragedies from happening in the future. As explained in the 2011 skateboarding fatality report, the […]

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  • In the early 2000’s, when the public skatepark boom started to hit the country many cities went with the option of building modular skateparks to tests the waters. At the time, public skateparks were few and far between and cities were unsure whether a public skatepark would work for their community. As a result, they opted for a modular solution to see how the kids would […]

    Replacing Modular Parks with Concrete

    In the early 2000’s, when the public skatepark boom started to hit the country many cities went with the option of building modular skateparks to tests the waters. At the time, public skateparks were few and far between and cities were unsure whether a public skatepark would work for their community. As a result, they opted for a modular solution to see how the kids would […]

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  • In most communities, it takes years to get a public skatepark built. Whether you are a skatepark advocate or a city official, it can be a challenging task from finding the location to getting the funding. So lets say you have the perfect location lined up, and you have the funds available to build the park. The big question is: WHAT’S NEXT??? The next step is […]

    The Skatepark Bid Process

    In most communities, it takes years to get a public skatepark built. Whether you are a skatepark advocate or a city official, it can be a challenging task from finding the location to getting the funding. So lets say you have the perfect location lined up, and you have the funds available to build the park. The big question is: WHAT’S NEXT??? The next step is […]

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  • (In the last few years, SPS has worked with a lot of cities in replacing out dated modular skateparks. The following RFP was used by one of the many cities we work with in replacing a modular skatepark. If your city is planning a skatepark hiring an experienced skatepark contractor is one of the most important steps. This RFP covers the scope and qualifications used in […]

    Sample RFP for a Skatepark Bid (Replacing a Modular Skatepark)

    (In the last few years, SPS has worked with a lot of cities in replacing out dated modular skateparks. The following RFP was used by one of the many cities we work with in replacing a modular skatepark. If your city is planning a skatepark hiring an experienced skatepark contractor is one of the most important steps. This RFP covers the scope and qualifications used in […]

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  •   With a crowd of 1,000 guests, a few hundred staff and volunteers combined, the Tony Hawk Foundation put on their 9th annual Stand Up for Skateparks fundraising event on Sunday Oct. 7th ,2012. Once again they rallied the troops and raised closed to a million dollars to help at-risk youth in low income communities across the U.S. who need quality public skateparks. As a Board […]

    Stand Up For Skateparks

      With a crowd of 1,000 guests, a few hundred staff and volunteers combined, the Tony Hawk Foundation put on their 9th annual Stand Up for Skateparks fundraising event on Sunday Oct. 7th ,2012. Once again they rallied the troops and raised closed to a million dollars to help at-risk youth in low income communities across the U.S. who need quality public skateparks. As a Board […]

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  •  SPS (Skaters for Public Skateparks) has researched modular above ground equipment since 2004. This types of skatepark, and the range of materials used to build them, had only a brief history and no real test data available. Yet many communities were choosing above-ground modular products in over a traditional poured-in-place concrete skatepark, which have been the standard since the 1970’s. SPS focused its research on durability […]

    Just Say NO To Modular Skateparks

     SPS (Skaters for Public Skateparks) has researched modular above ground equipment since 2004. This types of skatepark, and the range of materials used to build them, had only a brief history and no real test data available. Yet many communities were choosing above-ground modular products in over a traditional poured-in-place concrete skatepark, which have been the standard since the 1970’s. SPS focused its research on durability […]

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  • Interview with Ty Smith, Coordinator of the Summer at the Skatepark Program: Free Drop In Skateboarding coaching in Castlegar, BC When was Castlegar Skatepark built? The Castlegar Rotary Skatepark was completed in 2003 and was designed by Spectrum Skatepark Creations. How was the park received? In the beginning, the park was a huge step forward for the Castlegar skateboarding scene, but there was not a plan […]

    An Interview with Ty Smith: Drop Into Skateboarding

    Interview with Ty Smith, Coordinator of the Summer at the Skatepark Program: Free Drop In Skateboarding coaching in Castlegar, BC When was Castlegar Skatepark built? The Castlegar Rotary Skatepark was completed in 2003 and was designed by Spectrum Skatepark Creations. How was the park received? In the beginning, the park was a huge step forward for the Castlegar skateboarding scene, but there was not a plan […]

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  •   For several years I have dreamed of getting world class skateparks built for our youth here in Wenatchee, WA. We are on the city’s Master Plan with a 50 plus page study and we have put in countless hours to make it happen.  However, anyone who has ever gone through the process of getting a skatepark built knows the challenges. Although it has been very […]

    Putting Wenatchee on the Map!

      For several years I have dreamed of getting world class skateparks built for our youth here in Wenatchee, WA. We are on the city’s Master Plan with a 50 plus page study and we have put in countless hours to make it happen.  However, anyone who has ever gone through the process of getting a skatepark built knows the challenges. Although it has been very […]

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