Design and Construction
  • Landscape Architecture Magazine published this insightful article a few years ago. It focuses heavily on the key materials decision that many communities must face. Reprinted with permission. Building a Skatepark: Modular or Concrete By Carol Newman, Landscape Architecture Magazine Growth in the sport of skateboarding has come in waves: waves of interest among youth, waves of protest over urban street skaters, wooden waves on community facilities, […]

    Modular or Concrete?

    Landscape Architecture Magazine published this insightful article a few years ago. It focuses heavily on the key materials decision that many communities must face. Reprinted with permission. Building a Skatepark: Modular or Concrete By Carol Newman, Landscape Architecture Magazine Growth in the sport of skateboarding has come in waves: waves of interest among youth, waves of protest over urban street skaters, wooden waves on community facilities, […]

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  • Proposal For An All-Concrete Skatepark It is usually desirable to be a leader rather than a follower, but in the case of skate park construction we have the luxury of learning from the many communities that have built before us. There are approximately 78 skate parks in Washington State* and more are being constructed or planned. According to a survey conducted by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers […]

    Concrete Proposal

    Proposal For An All-Concrete Skatepark It is usually desirable to be a leader rather than a follower, but in the case of skate park construction we have the luxury of learning from the many communities that have built before us. There are approximately 78 skate parks in Washington State* and more are being constructed or planned. According to a survey conducted by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers […]

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  • Recently, I’ve been asked by several patients about the potential injuries that might occur as a result of Billings’ new skateboard park. As orthopedists, we have always assumed that skateboarding was a high-risk activity, based on the number of patients who show up in the emergency department with injuries. Dr. Michael Yorgason Recently, I’ve been asked by several patients about the potential injuries that might occur […]

    Skateboarding Safer than Basketball

    Recently, I’ve been asked by several patients about the potential injuries that might occur as a result of Billings’ new skateboard park. As orthopedists, we have always assumed that skateboarding was a high-risk activity, based on the number of patients who show up in the emergency department with injuries. Dr. Michael Yorgason Recently, I’ve been asked by several patients about the potential injuries that might occur […]

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  • A FLAGSHIP skatepark was today credited with causing a dramatic drop in youth disorder on a city estate plagued by trouble on its streets. People living in Broomhouse claim they have seen major improvements in the area since the £85,000 facility opened about four weeks ago. Despite the winter weather, its half-pipes and ramps have been drawing dozens of young people nightly to the Sighthill Park […]

    Skatepark Decreases Youth Crime

    A FLAGSHIP skatepark was today credited with causing a dramatic drop in youth disorder on a city estate plagued by trouble on its streets. People living in Broomhouse claim they have seen major improvements in the area since the £85,000 facility opened about four weeks ago. Despite the winter weather, its half-pipes and ramps have been drawing dozens of young people nightly to the Sighthill Park […]

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  • Grants are the life-blood of any grassroots fundraising campaign. Grants are basically cash awards given to projects that meet the foundation’s guidelines. There are national and state grants as well as smaller sources of funding that might be specific to a particular county, city, or even neighborhood. Grants are directed to projects that share a common mission. For example, the Tony Hawk Foundation awards grants primarily […]

    Grants Primer

    Grants are the life-blood of any grassroots fundraising campaign. Grants are basically cash awards given to projects that meet the foundation’s guidelines. There are national and state grants as well as smaller sources of funding that might be specific to a particular county, city, or even neighborhood. Grants are directed to projects that share a common mission. For example, the Tony Hawk Foundation awards grants primarily […]

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  • Vancouver, Washington sits on the bank of the Columbia River just across from Portland, Oregon – a region with many communities establishing top notch skatepark facilities. Clark County and the city of Vancouver consolidated their respective parks departments into the joint Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation Department (1997). The first piece of their skate terrain puzzle was established in 1998 – when public skateparks were in their […]

    Vancouver, Washington

    Vancouver, Washington sits on the bank of the Columbia River just across from Portland, Oregon – a region with many communities establishing top notch skatepark facilities. Clark County and the city of Vancouver consolidated their respective parks departments into the joint Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation Department (1997). The first piece of their skate terrain puzzle was established in 1998 – when public skateparks were in their […]

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  • Forest Grove, Oregon, is a community of nearly 20,000 people located 25 miles west of Portland. With just over a quarter of the population under 18, this small town has demonstrated incredible leadership by creating a successful neighborhood skatepark at a fraction of the cost. Furthermore, the inspiration responds to other skateparks in the area in terms of design and makes available terrain previously absent in […]

    Forest Grove, Oregon

    Forest Grove, Oregon, is a community of nearly 20,000 people located 25 miles west of Portland. With just over a quarter of the population under 18, this small town has demonstrated incredible leadership by creating a successful neighborhood skatepark at a fraction of the cost. Furthermore, the inspiration responds to other skateparks in the area in terms of design and makes available terrain previously absent in […]

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  • Finding the right spot for the new skatepark is often a complicated and often controversial process. Find out what's best for skatepark sites.

    Where Should Skateparks Be Built?

    Finding the right spot for the new skatepark is often a complicated and often controversial process. Find out what's best for skatepark sites.

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  • Skatepark advocates help young skaters build safe, legal sites where they can cut loose—and maybe overturn a few stereotypes. Source: ARCHITECT Magazine Publication date: September 1, 2007 By Amanda Kolson Hurley Peter Whitley is the author and designer of the Public Skatepark Development Guide and a board member of the group Skaters for Public Skateparks. Photo: Stewart Ferebee The new West Side skate park in Albuquerque, […]

    Architect Magazine on Skateparks

    Skatepark advocates help young skaters build safe, legal sites where they can cut loose—and maybe overturn a few stereotypes. Source: ARCHITECT Magazine Publication date: September 1, 2007 By Amanda Kolson Hurley Peter Whitley is the author and designer of the Public Skatepark Development Guide and a board member of the group Skaters for Public Skateparks. Photo: Stewart Ferebee The new West Side skate park in Albuquerque, […]

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