How to create a fun and safe skateboarding area in your school or community
Updated: Feb 7
Skateboarding is a terrific activity for children and adults of all ages. It teaches many important lessons that extend beyond the skatepark into life in general. These life lessons include:
Everyone starts from the same point and success depends on how much effort and commitment you put into something.
You learn from both your achievements and your mistakes.
Focus your energies not on the end results but rather on making a little progress each day.
Take pride in your personal accomplishments and extend yourself with new goals.
It’s good to make new friends by sharing a common activity.
Creating a fun and safe skateboarding area is easy if you follow the steps below.
Choose the right location for your skatepark
Selecting a good location for your skatepark will be a key factor in your success. Here are some guidelines:
Position your skatepark in an area accessible to private vehicles and public transport so skaters can travel to/from the skatepark safely and conveniently.
Ensure that your skatepark is in an open area so parents and friends can easily supervise activities within the park.
Be mindful that people having fun will create a level of noise so ensure your skatepark is the right distance from residential or commercial areas.
If you are a school, consider using a basketball court or other playground area. Skate ramps can be easily moved onto these areas and then stored away when not in use.
Work out how much space you have available
Skateparks can come in all shapes and sizes. A skatepark’s design is driven by the space available. Determine how much space you have available and share this with your skatepark designer (that’s us! Skateable Spaces) so that you get the best result for the space available.
Indoor vs Outdoor
The good news is that you don’t need to have a vast expanse of space available for a successful skatepark or skate training facility. A small indoor space (less than the size of half a basketball or tennis court) can be used to place a mini-ramp and other skate elements. Indoor space can also be used in all weather conditions (e.g. when it’s raining) and the equipment will stay in tip-top condition.
Cater to a range of skills and experience
The best skateparks are designed to cater to a wide range of skills and experience levels; from beginner to accomplished skateboarders. Building a skatepark that focuses too much on only one level of skateboarding skill (beginner only or expert only) will be under-utilized. Your skatepark designer (Skateable Spaces) will work with you to create a skatepark that is well-balanced and can be enjoyed by all levels of skateboarders.
Come up with a rough budget
Building a skatepark is like building a house - you need to have a rough budget in mind before you talk to an architect or a real estate agent. If you are unsure of how much to budget for your skatepark, ask Skateable Spaces for an estimate based on the amount of space you have available.
Coaching for Beginners
Like any sport or physical activity, new participants benefit significantly from coaching. Skateboard coaching will ensure new skateboarders are taught the basics in a safe and inclusive environment. This will enhance their motivation and encourage them to continue to learn and advance. From a safety perspective, a coach will make certain that young (and young at heart) skateboarders take a measured approach to their development and acquire skills in a safe, structured, progressive manner. Contact Skateable Spaces for more information on our coaching and skills development services.
The benefits of skateboarding to your school or community are numerous. It teaches children many valuable life lessons and improves their self-esteem and overall well-being.
Skateable Spaces works with schools, government, and local communities to create successful skateparks and skate training facilities.
By following the steps in this article, your skatepark will be a success.
Contact Skateable Spaces at +91 9822162863 or firstname.lastname@example.org.