A good skate park has excellent flow. Flow of a park refers to how easily and fluently one can skate around features of the park and put together a satisfying ‘run’. Good flow leads to more speed and better overall skate-ability.
A skatepark may contain many features to skate over, through or along. These features challenge the ability and creativity of the skater. The features come in many forms: half-pipes, quarter pipes, spine transfers, handrails, fun-boxes, vertical ramps, pyramids, banked ramps, full pipes, pools, bowls, snake runs, stair-sets, and any number of other objects.
A typical skatepark for a neighbourhood of 25,000 people has a footprint between 8,000 to 12,000 square feet. A well-designed park of this size is large enough to serve as many as 60 users.
Benefits of a skate park:
- Reduce illicit behaviour
- Provide a safe environment for skate boarding
- Reduce damage to private property
- Has significant health benefits
- Have a positive economic impact