Skateparks

Skateparks are incredible works of irregular obstacles that act like pieces of a puzzle to create a whole area to use a skateboard on. For law enforcement and skateboarders, skateparks are a win-win. Law enforcement no not waste their time with chasing skateboarders from skateboarding on private property and skateboarders have a safe place to perform their passion.

How are skateparks safe? They are safe because they provide an area to skateboard that is free from motor vehicles and surface irregularities. Uneven pavement, broken wood, rusty rails, rocks, and dirt are all poor architectural factors that put at skateboarder at a disadvantage. Skateboarders frequently have to resort to low quality skateboarding areas with the poor architectural factors if their town does not contain a skatepark. It is when youth have nothing to do and nowhere to do; for example, have not been introduced to the passion of skateboarding and visiting specific skateparks, that they cause trouble and resort to negative behaviors.

Skateparks are areas where multiple skateboarders can gather to feel like a community. The busier the skatepark, the safer people feel. The vast majority of skateparks, nearly all outdoor parks, are free of charge to use which attracts many people to try skateboarding. Skateboarders gathering in a specified area leads to greater opportunities for social interaction (psychosocial benefits) to connect with something larger than themselves and their worries. It is because of a skatepark that the public can watch and learn the true nature of skateboarders, brave, athletic youth with a passion for healthy risks.

The local economy feels the benefits of skateparks since people from surrounding areas come to visit the skatepark to ride on unique features. These people eat food, buy gas, and notice local businesses in the area because of their attraction to the skatepark.

The obstacles and flow of skateparks are designed to produce different skateboarding styles called vert and street. The flow of skate parks includes the spacing, orientation, and size of obstacles. Since there are no organizing facrors in skateboard park design, the obstacles and flow serve as a platform for creativity to perform literally any trick and style of skateboarding on. Skateparks designed predominantly for vert skateboarders contain inverted ramps and pool-like walls. Conversely, a street skatebarder will stick to obstacles where they are predominantly popping their board. The eye of a vert verses a street skateboarder pictures the conditions of obstacles for their respective trick selection differently. Poor conditions of the ground and obstacles are less of a concern to vert skateboarders who ride larger sized wheels. Upon reflection, the variety in skateboarding style and obstacles contribute to individuality and creativity in skateboarding.

An individual requires a flat and hard ground to skateboard on. A flat and hard ground allows the wheels to properly roll and provides leverage for a skateboard to pop vertically for desired tricks. Even various types of concrete and cement influence skateboarding as some surfaces allow skateboarders to perform a revert trick easier due to less friction against the wheels. Angles of inverted ramps, termed banks in skateboarding, vary the approach of skateboarder. Steep banks are much different than mellow banks to pop off and rotate on. The shapes of rails, whether round or square, each demand their own respective balance points when attempting a trick. Sliding tricks such as boardslides heavily feel the corners on a square rail whereas grinding tricks such as a 50-50 are much easier to balance on a square rail compared to a circle rail. In addition, the trick selection of a skateboarder differs depending on the height of obstacles. For example, a high ledge requires more vertical force to land on which contributes to the difficulty factor for tricks. Smaller obstacles are fantastic for less experienced skateboarders to experiment with while at the same time a more experienced skateboarder can attempt more technical tricks on the same obstacles.

To learn more about phenomenal foundations that give back to communities by building skateparks, check out the links below. These foundations increase the global participation and skateboarding throughout the world.

Tony Hawk Foundation: http://tonyhawkfoundation.org/
Street League Skateboarding Foundation: http://streetleaguefoundation.org/