About Author: Christobal Colon

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  • Article contributed by Spohn Ranch Skateparks A skatepark is only as good as the site that it’s located within. And because a skatepark’s site is so critical to the ongoing success of the facility, finding the perfect one can often be one of the most arduous parts of the skatepark development process.  If you know the right qualities to strive for however, the site selection stage […]

    How To Choose a Great Skatepark Site

    Article contributed by Spohn Ranch Skateparks A skatepark is only as good as the site that it’s located within. And because a skatepark’s site is so critical to the ongoing success of the facility, finding the perfect one can often be one of the most arduous parts of the skatepark development process.  If you know the right qualities to strive for however, the site selection stage […]

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  • By Ty Smith   In this brief paper I will outline how the Summer at the Skatepark based in Castlegar, British Columbia has increased participation since its inception in 2011. We found participation is increased based on the following: Setting clear goals 1.    Providing free skateboarding instruction through July and August at the Castlegar Rotary Skatepark. 2.    Providing free quality skateboard equipment including boards, helmets and […]

    The Castlegar Skate Program

    By Ty Smith   In this brief paper I will outline how the Summer at the Skatepark based in Castlegar, British Columbia has increased participation since its inception in 2011. We found participation is increased based on the following: Setting clear goals 1.    Providing free skateboarding instruction through July and August at the Castlegar Rotary Skatepark. 2.    Providing free quality skateboard equipment including boards, helmets and […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  •  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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  • Over the last couple of years we have seen an influx of public skateparks being built on Native American reservations. In fact, this is happening across the country in towns such as Tuba City, AZ; Sand Springs, OK and Pine Ridge, SD. Recently, we sat down with Lisa Fabian of the Nashoba Youth Foundation out of Poteau, OK. In the past year, Lisa has done an […]

    Building Skateparks in Indian Country

    Over the last couple of years we have seen an influx of public skateparks being built on Native American reservations. In fact, this is happening across the country in towns such as Tuba City, AZ; Sand Springs, OK and Pine Ridge, SD. Recently, we sat down with Lisa Fabian of the Nashoba Youth Foundation out of Poteau, OK. In the past year, Lisa has done an […]

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  • Sometimes it takes years to get a good skatepark built in your town, and skaters are usually the ones leading the effort. SPS recently sat down with long time skater and skatepark advocate Dan Prasil. It took Dan and his crew over twelve to build a world class skatepark in their town. Check out how they did it… How long have you been skating? I’ve been […]

    Lewiston, ID: Interview with Dan Prasil

    Sometimes it takes years to get a good skatepark built in your town, and skaters are usually the ones leading the effort. SPS recently sat down with long time skater and skatepark advocate Dan Prasil. It took Dan and his crew over twelve to build a world class skatepark in their town. Check out how they did it… How long have you been skating? I’ve been […]

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