Skatepark Development Archive

  • For the second year in a row Skaters for Public Skateparks and Community for Wenatchee Valley Skateparks collaborated with our local police department to show unity between our skater’s and police officer’s. This year our main focus was to paint a mural over the graffiti in the bowl at 19 year old Pioneer Skatepark. CWVS raised over half of the funding for the project and received […]

    Officer’s on Board 2 – Make a Difference Day 2016

    For the second year in a row Skaters for Public Skateparks and Community for Wenatchee Valley Skateparks collaborated with our local police department to show unity between our skater’s and police officer’s. This year our main focus was to paint a mural over the graffiti in the bowl at 19 year old Pioneer Skatepark. CWVS raised over half of the funding for the project and received […]

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  • For the past five years we have been putting this list together and it’s a painstaking task. We greatly feel for the families and friends who have lost loved ones. Similar to our previous years most of the accidents are motor vehicle related. We hope this information can help educate others and promote safe skateboarding. (Disclaimer: We research these accidents annually and do the best we […]

    2015 Skateboarding Fatalities

    For the past five years we have been putting this list together and it’s a painstaking task. We greatly feel for the families and friends who have lost loved ones. Similar to our previous years most of the accidents are motor vehicle related. We hope this information can help educate others and promote safe skateboarding. (Disclaimer: We research these accidents annually and do the best we […]

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  • Officers on Board The idea came to me a couple years ago at our local Kenroy Skate Camp in East Wenatchee, WA. I was visiting with off-duty Wenatchee Police Officer Shawndra Duke as we watched her son participating. It was obvious to us that both skateboarders and police officers are often misunderstood. Not to mention misunderstood by one another. I asked her if she would be […]

    Officers on Board

    Officers on Board The idea came to me a couple years ago at our local Kenroy Skate Camp in East Wenatchee, WA. I was visiting with off-duty Wenatchee Police Officer Shawndra Duke as we watched her son participating. It was obvious to us that both skateboarders and police officers are often misunderstood. Not to mention misunderstood by one another. I asked her if she would be […]

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  • Written by Ben Kerrigan As cities continue to crack down on skateboarding by capping ledges and issuing fines, we must remember that public spaces exist to serve the people.  Clearly, preserving true historical monuments and sites are important to our culture, but urban areas also thrive by finding ways to adapt spaces to the changing passions of their citizens. Clearing areas for people to safely walk, […]

    Stand for Boston Skateboarding

    Written by Ben Kerrigan As cities continue to crack down on skateboarding by capping ledges and issuing fines, we must remember that public spaces exist to serve the people.  Clearly, preserving true historical monuments and sites are important to our culture, but urban areas also thrive by finding ways to adapt spaces to the changing passions of their citizens. Clearing areas for people to safely walk, […]

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  • An Interview with Billy & Catherine Coulon By: Mike Leeds Evergreen just broke ground on another new park in Colorado earlier this week. How is your newest creation coming along so far? Well we literally just started 3 days ago, but we have the bowl and street course dug. This is the largest design/build project we’ve done in awhile so we are super excited about it. […]

    An Interview with Evergreen Skateparks: Building Skateparks that Flow for Everyone

    An Interview with Billy & Catherine Coulon By: Mike Leeds Evergreen just broke ground on another new park in Colorado earlier this week. How is your newest creation coming along so far? Well we literally just started 3 days ago, but we have the bowl and street course dug. This is the largest design/build project we’ve done in awhile so we are super excited about it. […]

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  • 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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  • In the USA skateboarders are classified as pedestrians even though they ride a four wheeled device that is capable of speeds faster than those generated by a pedestrian.  Most cities outlaw skateboarding unless it is for transportation, like to schools or around neighborhood streets, and tell skateboarders that they may not use sidewalks.  Other cities have laws claiming that sidewalks must be used for skateboarding, yet […]

    2013 Skateboarding Fatalities

    In the USA skateboarders are classified as pedestrians even though they ride a four wheeled device that is capable of speeds faster than those generated by a pedestrian.  Most cities outlaw skateboarding unless it is for transportation, like to schools or around neighborhood streets, and tell skateboarders that they may not use sidewalks.  Other cities have laws claiming that sidewalks must be used for skateboarding, yet […]

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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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