The following points should be taken into consideration when planning your skatepark Different skatepark user groups have different requirements that must be taken into consideration to ensure the park’s success. Inline skaters prefer higher and larger elements, as inline skates are attached to the user’s feet, so they are typically more stable than skateboards. When it comes to height, the same applies to BMX riders. Skateboarders, however, prefer flatter and lower elements, because the board is not securely attached to their feet. The following questions should be discussed directly with skatepark users: Ability
- Have the varying abilities of different user groups been taken into consideration?
- Which groups use the park most? (Skateboarders? Inline skaters? BMX riders?)
- Is there enough space available?
- Does the area have the necessary surface?
- Has the required distance to the nearest residential building been taken into consideration? Are any special soundproofing measures required?
- Has a sign with safety instructions been planned in a highly visible location?
- Have seating, rubbish bins and possibly also a covered area (for shelter in wet weather) been taken into consideration?
- Are the skating elements sensibly arranged so they can be easily skated on?
- Is there a minimum distance of five metres between the various elements?
- Who will be responsible for the installation?
- Were potential future users involved in the planning process?
- Are the planned skating elements large enough? General rule: small elements are often more dangerous than large elements!