About Author: Carter Dennis

Website
http://www.sanantonioskateparkassociation.com
Description
Executive Director of Skaters for Public Skateparks.

Posts by Carter Dennis

  • Tony when did you start skating and how did you get into building skateparks? I started skating I was 8 (1980). My friend from my soccer team brought me along for a weekend trip to Kona and he let me use one of his extra boards. I was instantly hooked and have been rolling ever since. My first ramp was an amazing structure, consisting of pieces […]

    An Interview with Tony Misiano: Replacing Modular Parks

    Tony when did you start skating and how did you get into building skateparks? I started skating I was 8 (1980). My friend from my soccer team brought me along for a weekend trip to Kona and he let me use one of his extra boards. I was instantly hooked and have been rolling ever since. My first ramp was an amazing structure, consisting of pieces […]

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  • Over the years SPS has worked with numerous communities that want to build a skatepark, but do not have the funds to build a $500,000 dollar skatepark. Luckily, the skatepark industry has changed drastically in the last few years, and concrete construction has become the industry standard. We are seeing both large parks and small parks built out of poured in place concrete nationwide. Lately we […]

    Skateparks $100K and Under

    Over the years SPS has worked with numerous communities that want to build a skatepark, but do not have the funds to build a $500,000 dollar skatepark. Luckily, the skatepark industry has changed drastically in the last few years, and concrete construction has become the industry standard. We are seeing both large parks and small parks built out of poured in place concrete nationwide. Lately we […]

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  • Have you ever wondered how many public skateparks are out there??? Have you ever wondered how many get built in a year??? The first question is almost impossible to answer. Public skateparks started being built in the 1970’s and continued at a very slow pace through the 80’s and 90’s. Once the new millennium hit public skateparks exploded across the U.S. This explosion happened so fast […]

    The 2011 Skatepark Tracker

    Have you ever wondered how many public skateparks are out there??? Have you ever wondered how many get built in a year??? The first question is almost impossible to answer. Public skateparks started being built in the 1970’s and continued at a very slow pace through the 80’s and 90’s. Once the new millennium hit public skateparks exploded across the U.S. This explosion happened so fast […]

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  • In 2003, our city installed the first prefabricated modular skatepark in San Antonio. At the time, we were not very familiar with this equipment, but within six months the modular ledge ended up looking like this… The ledge basically crumbled due to heavy skating, and the vendor did not honor the warranty to repair the equipment. I later found out this is very common with modular […]

    Concrete Ledge Construction

    In 2003, our city installed the first prefabricated modular skatepark in San Antonio. At the time, we were not very familiar with this equipment, but within six months the modular ledge ended up looking like this… The ledge basically crumbled due to heavy skating, and the vendor did not honor the warranty to repair the equipment. I later found out this is very common with modular […]

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  • When it comes to building a public skatepark a lot of park managers begin to look at underutilized park space around the city. An old tennis court or an old basketball court can sometimes make a perfect spot to place a skatepark. The great thing about finding a location like this is the park usually has lighting, parking, restrooms, a water fountain, etc. Typically, when a […]

    Building a Concrete Skatepark on an Old Tennis Court

    When it comes to building a public skatepark a lot of park managers begin to look at underutilized park space around the city. An old tennis court or an old basketball court can sometimes make a perfect spot to place a skatepark. The great thing about finding a location like this is the park usually has lighting, parking, restrooms, a water fountain, etc. Typically, when a […]

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  • We are proud to introduce the first of our State Skatepark Indexes. The information that follows is the result of hard work, loads of phone calls, tons of emails, and dozens of tanks of gas. We trust that you will find this information helpful in your local skatepark planning. If you enjoy this report, please consider a donation of time or money to SPS. We would […]

    Texas Skatepark Index

    We are proud to introduce the first of our State Skatepark Indexes. The information that follows is the result of hard work, loads of phone calls, tons of emails, and dozens of tanks of gas. We trust that you will find this information helpful in your local skatepark planning. If you enjoy this report, please consider a donation of time or money to SPS. We would […]

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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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  • Pool coping blocks are hard to find. Most of our modern pools now use bull nose brick instead of the 2 ft pool coping blocks we all love. There are a few places throughout the country that still manufacture big pool coping blocks, but ordering and shipping these blocks can become expensive. Nothing beats the feeling of clacking over pool coping blocks on a grind, but […]

    Pour Man’s Pool Coping

    Pool coping blocks are hard to find. Most of our modern pools now use bull nose brick instead of the 2 ft pool coping blocks we all love. There are a few places throughout the country that still manufacture big pool coping blocks, but ordering and shipping these blocks can become expensive. Nothing beats the feeling of clacking over pool coping blocks on a grind, but […]

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  • We get asked questions all the time on building concrete quarterpipes, so here it is. A step by step on building a quarter on an existing concrete slab. We did this for a city project four year ago. I am sure there are better ways to do it, but this is what worked for us. In this situation, we hand stacked the concrete as opposed to […]

    DIY Quarterpipe (Handstacking)

    We get asked questions all the time on building concrete quarterpipes, so here it is. A step by step on building a quarter on an existing concrete slab. We did this for a city project four year ago. I am sure there are better ways to do it, but this is what worked for us. In this situation, we hand stacked the concrete as opposed to […]

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  • A small skatepark in San Pedro Springs Park, in San Antonio, features a popular curb ledge that was looking pretty haggard. Over time the ledge had cracked and the leading edge was crumbling away after thousands and thousands of grinds. Local advocates approached the Parks Department with an easy and inexpensive idea: Refurbish the edge with a long piece of angle iron. The Parks Department approved […]

    Steel Coping Ledge Repair

    A small skatepark in San Pedro Springs Park, in San Antonio, features a popular curb ledge that was looking pretty haggard. Over time the ledge had cracked and the leading edge was crumbling away after thousands and thousands of grinds. Local advocates approached the Parks Department with an easy and inexpensive idea: Refurbish the edge with a long piece of angle iron. The Parks Department approved […]

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