Latham Skatpark - Greensboro, NC
#1 – Skateboarding is the 3rd most popular recreational activity for kids between 6 to 18 years of age. While team sports participation has consistently declined, skateboarding has millions of participants. Yet, most communities do not have a dedicated space for Skateboarders.
#2 – Skateboarding is a healthy, physical activity that anyone can enjoy. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years in the U.S, with more than one third of children and adolescents being overweight or obese.
#3 - Skateparks provide a safe and legal place for Skateboarders to practice their sport. Statistics show that the majority of deadly skateboarding accidents involve a motor vehicle. Offering diverse terrain and a quality Skatepark means less Skateboarders on your streets, at your local businesses, parking lots and sidewalks.
#4 – Skateparks can provide great revenue opportunities for their communities. A destination style Skatepark attracts skaters from all over the United States, which in turns means increase in lodging, shopping, meals as well as other local recreational activities. Remember typically, it’s not just the skater coming to the area but an entire family. Depending on the Skatepark design and size, there is also opportunity to hold events, competitions, etc. drawing even bigger crowds.
#5 – Skateparks bring communities together. They are a social gathering place offering its users the opportunity to meet with other community members with similar interests. We often see entire families at the Skatepark, some users and some just enjoying the show. It is common for young skateboarders to volunteer for Skatepark cleanup and take ownership of the space.
If your City does not have a Skatepark than we can promise you it is the Skatepark.
Skatepark of Baltimore - Phase II
We are often asked what is the difference between a Skate Spot and a Skate park, the answer is size. Below is a brief description of the different categories of Skateparks.
These Skateparks range from 1,500 to 4,000 sq. ft. and are catered to that particular client's needs.
- Backyard Skate Spot
- Skate-able Pools
This is the smallest skate-able space possible. A single structure that uses the existing site, incorporating into larger park infrastructures.
These small parks (typical 500 - 4,500 sq. ft. ) offer the ease of design and engineering while providing an area for local users to practice.
- Commonly used in conjunction with a larger skate-park, to better serve the local users
- Designed to be site specific
- Incorporation of local skate-able elements
- Use of local materials
- Quality over quantity
- Limited funding solutions
Skate spots offer a refined and creative approach to small skateparks that appeal to both skateboarders and non-skateboards alike.
Smaller sites (5,000 - 10,000 sq. ft. - equivalent of a set of tennis courts) distributed around the city to provide recreational opportunities for beginners and intermediate skill level users in the neighborhoods.
Large sites (10,000 - 20,000 sq. ft. ) which will accommodate all skill levels and more users at any given time. These sites would provide more amenities (restrooms, on-site parking, spectator areas, etc.), as they will serve more as a destination than the neighborhood park.
A single large facility (20,000 sq. ft.) that will accommodate many users at once, it could be lighted and possibly serve as a venue for competitions. Regional Parks should be centrally located and will become destination points for skaters and BMX riders throughout the nation.