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This is Ryan's World Skatepark, a local skatepark where kids go to skate and avoid the hassles of the street.

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With bans on skateboarding in almost all public places and streets, where are these people to skate? The answer is city owned and ran skateparks which provide street-like obstacles for skateboarders to perform tricks on. These obstacles include rails, grind boxes, ramps, and stair sets. In these parks skaters lose a lot of freedom because they must abide to strict rules and guidelines and their is usually a fee for skating, however they do gain a hassle-free place to skate.

Getting a Park Started
 
  1. Establish an organization or committee, this will help you gain support for your plea.
  2. Get community involvement by getting a petition signed, or having a fund raiser. Support from law enforcement, a non-profit organization, or a business can also help.
  3. Have meetings in your committee to come up with a design for the park, and possible ideas to raise money. It is best to let skateboarders who actually know how they want the park to look, to help design it.
  4. After you have everything in order approach the city with your ideas, they will probably suggest that whatever money you raise for the park they will match or something like this. Parks can range in cost from $50,000- $250,000 depending on the size and design.
  5. If your idea is accepted, have the city help to begin building the park. Concrete is considered the best building material.
  6. Once the park is near its opening stage, liability is the biggest issue you must face. Combat this issue with laws on pads and or helmets, and waivers that must be signed by each skater before he/she can enter the park.

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These pictures show the construction of a skatepark from the ground up.

Here are some links to more information on building a skate park
 

Large Marble 1

www.spausa.org/

Large Marble 1

www.skateparkguide.com/

Large Marble 1

www.skatepark.org