Design and Construction
  • The skaters in Calgary are a tenacious bunch. Though it is the third-largest city in Canada, it sits in the foothills of the Rockies its weather tends to be cold, particularly by many American standards. The temperature of Calgary has never broken 100-degrees Fahrenheit and the winters can be long. The average temperature in July is 61 degrees F. In most ways the Calgary Association of […]

    Calgary, Alberta (CASE)

    The skaters in Calgary are a tenacious bunch. Though it is the third-largest city in Canada, it sits in the foothills of the Rockies its weather tends to be cold, particularly by many American standards. The temperature of Calgary has never broken 100-degrees Fahrenheit and the winters can be long. The average temperature in July is 61 degrees F. In most ways the Calgary Association of […]

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  • There are few skatepark stories as compelling as the one supplied by the people of Donald, Oregon. With a population of just over 600 people it seems like an unlikely place for a skatepark—world-class or otherwise. Yet the skatepark there has captured the imagination of skaters across the nation. There’s nothing exactly spectacular about the Donald skatepark. It’s not large. In fact, it’s only 2,500 square […]

    Donald, Oregon

    There are few skatepark stories as compelling as the one supplied by the people of Donald, Oregon. With a population of just over 600 people it seems like an unlikely place for a skatepark—world-class or otherwise. Yet the skatepark there has captured the imagination of skaters across the nation. There’s nothing exactly spectacular about the Donald skatepark. It’s not large. In fact, it’s only 2,500 square […]

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  • Skaters for Public Skateparks is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing communities with information that leads to better skateparks.  As skaters and community activists we are intimate with how skateparks function, the value they provide a community, and the factors that lead to their success. We occasionally get questions regarding our information services. In an effort to clarify our purpose as an organization, the most common […]

    SPS Q & A

    Skaters for Public Skateparks is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing communities with information that leads to better skateparks.  As skaters and community activists we are intimate with how skateparks function, the value they provide a community, and the factors that lead to their success. We occasionally get questions regarding our information services. In an effort to clarify our purpose as an organization, the most common […]

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  • There are lots of great reasons for building your next skatepark. Here are just 30 of them.

    30 Reasons

    There are lots of great reasons for building your next skatepark. Here are just 30 of them.

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  • The first few public meetings for new advocates are often frightening. One expects that the audience will be filled with neighbors and concerned citizens with an endless supply of challenging questions about the idea of a new skatepark. While that is sometimes true—neighbors will probably have questions—the reality is that they’re not out to crucify you. They understand why you’re there and that you mean well. […]

    Public Meeting FAQ

    The first few public meetings for new advocates are often frightening. One expects that the audience will be filled with neighbors and concerned citizens with an endless supply of challenging questions about the idea of a new skatepark. While that is sometimes true—neighbors will probably have questions—the reality is that they’re not out to crucify you. They understand why you’re there and that you mean well. […]

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  • In 2006, I received a call from Cary Skinner in New Braunfels, TX apparently her husband and two children were avid skaters, but they were really unhappy with the local skatepark. I was very familiar with this park because it was a modular park installed a few years ago and it had already shown signs of wear and tear. Cary felt that the modular park did […]

    New Braunfels, Texas

    In 2006, I received a call from Cary Skinner in New Braunfels, TX apparently her husband and two children were avid skaters, but they were really unhappy with the local skatepark. I was very familiar with this park because it was a modular park installed a few years ago and it had already shown signs of wear and tear. Cary felt that the modular park did […]

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  • In the past, a number of concrete skateparks have been modeled after ditches, but what about modeling ditches after skateparks? Some cities and developers have toyed with the idea of a dual-purpose ditch/skatepark infrastructure, but never made it happen due to fears of liability, lawsuits and extra construction costs. Well it seems that here in the desert Southwest, the time has come for such an effort. In Santa Teresa, […]

    The Edgemont Ditch Story

    In the past, a number of concrete skateparks have been modeled after ditches, but what about modeling ditches after skateparks? Some cities and developers have toyed with the idea of a dual-purpose ditch/skatepark infrastructure, but never made it happen due to fears of liability, lawsuits and extra construction costs. Well it seems that here in the desert Southwest, the time has come for such an effort. In Santa Teresa, […]

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  • Friends of Douglass/Greene Park is a non-profit organization formed in 2005 after the Boerum Hill Association initiated a neighborhood-wide search for a green space to serve the community in downtown Brooklyn. A formal study concluded the Thomas Greene Park, on Third Avenue at Degraw Street, was a profoundly underutilized and undeveloped location in a densely populated spot. The group’s mission is to revitalize the park as […]

    Douglass/Greene, Brooklyn, New York

    Friends of Douglass/Greene Park is a non-profit organization formed in 2005 after the Boerum Hill Association initiated a neighborhood-wide search for a green space to serve the community in downtown Brooklyn. A formal study concluded the Thomas Greene Park, on Third Avenue at Degraw Street, was a profoundly underutilized and undeveloped location in a densely populated spot. The group’s mission is to revitalize the park as […]

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  • The Saugeen Shores Rotary Skatepark committee started their skatepark effort in 2004. By 2006 they had a concept design from VanDer Zalm / Newline Skateparks. Budget constraints required a reduction in size but by 2007 they had broken ground. The skatepark was underway. The committee demonstrated incredible success by attracting a long and diverse roster of sponsors and patrons. Many sponsors donated $10,000 or more. Today […]

    Saugeen Shores, Ontario

    The Saugeen Shores Rotary Skatepark committee started their skatepark effort in 2004. By 2006 they had a concept design from VanDer Zalm / Newline Skateparks. Budget constraints required a reduction in size but by 2007 they had broken ground. The skatepark was underway. The committee demonstrated incredible success by attracting a long and diverse roster of sponsors and patrons. Many sponsors donated $10,000 or more. Today […]

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  • “You—skateboarders—are the leading edge of a revolution of the human being’s relation to his or her environment.” —Edmund Bacon

    Freedom of Space

    “You—skateboarders—are the leading edge of a revolution of the human being’s relation to his or her environment.” —Edmund Bacon

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