Social and Economic Effects of a professionally designed Community Skatepark.

Social Benefits:

  • Skateparks provide a physical activity for kids not interested in traditional team sports.
  • Community skateparks provide a safe and challenging place for skaters of all levels to develop as athletes.
  • Skateboarding and BMX  are two of the fastest growing activities in the United States with more than 14 million participants.
  • Public Skateparks help get kids “off the streets” and into a safe place. Without a public skatepark, the kids are forced to play in the streets.
  • Creating a community skatepark will help minimize damage skaters do to public and private property.
  • For example, In the City of Calgary, 75% of 24 communities surveyed after the skatepark opened, reported a significant reduction in the “street” skate problem. Eliminating the need for police and official time used to respond to and report on skating issues.
  • A great professionally designed and built skatepark acts as an extension of the local skateboarders specific needs. The skaters build a sense of ownership by participating in design conversations skatepark company.
  • Public skateparks provide healthy activity for kids and help eliminate boredom and drug use. Youth addiction services have identified the most common reason for drug use is boredom.

Economic Benefits:

  • Skateparks help create the need for quality skateboard shops. This helps bring new jobs and tax revenue to the community.
  • Skateparks help create new skateboard teaching and instructional jobs.
    •     The community should set up skateboard lessons and camps to help teach beginner through experienced riders.
    •     This creates a winning environment for the skaters, instructors and community
  • A professionally designed skatepark will attract out-of-town visitors to spend money within the community.
  • “It actually becomes a draw for your community if you have a good skatepark. Skaters want to come and try it. Never underestimate the power of a teenager to sway his or her parents’ travel plans! -Patti Ferguson, City Administrator for Armstrong, BC,
  • A public skatepark makes the community appear to be invested in the youth and active lifestyles. This will attract new residents to your community.

“The whole skatepark experience has been a wonder to skaters and non-skaters alike. Senior citizens marvel at the athleticism and imaginations of the skaters, and skaters have a new respect for how a small-town village government can work if patience and fortitude are applied. We remain indebted to the Foundation not only for the cash and vouchers, but for also the insights into the sport and the little pep talks we received throughout the process. What you did for us here in Somerset was the catalyst that made it possible.”

-David Snider, Councilman, Somerset, Ohio