What do skaters skate?
Skateboard park design tries to answer that question.
Skaters skate almost anything you can imagine. A smooth flat surface and your skateboard is all you need for a good session. There is so possible in a good skate spot. Sometime keeping it simple is good. Other times skateparks can get pretty crazy.
Skateboard ramps are a basic look at some of what works for skateboarding. They are the basic pieces of thread that can be woven into a great skate spot or skateboard park.
The best skatepark design meets the needs of those who will use it most. Novice and advanced skaters have different needs. Some skaters only skate ramps and bowls. Others only hit the street obstacles. Most will skate anything that they can get their wheels on. When designing a park for each of these needs they will turn out different.
I have designed on over 40 skateparks. I have skated 100's of skateparks. The best parks are all built with these key points:
Experienced team - Design and built by companies the specialize in skateparks. Get an experienced designer and builder. This is key to making place that is good for skateboarding.
No skatepark is perfect. With so many ways to design a skatepark, there will always be room to tweak and improve any park.
Look at these steps:
1. Plan - Planning, Advocacy.
2. Fund - Getting the money can be from the City, fundraising.
3. Build - Design, Construct.
4. Manage – Keep it clean, light and serviced.
There are a few experienced designers and builders. They know how to make the best terrain you will ever skate.
Spectrum Skatepark Creations
If you want a skateboard park it will take work. They are not as easy as a standard baseball diamond or soccer field. They are all different. There is a lot to learn.
So get an overview and dive into the areas that interest you most. After a little while you will get a better idea of what you want and how to get it.