Why are skateparks beneficial to communities?
Skateparks provide a place for kids who aren’t attracted to traditional team sports a place to go and express themselves in an individual and athletic manner. Getting kids, particularly at-risk kids, involved in a personal and esteem-building activity like skateboarding helps them build the confidence to do well in other aspects of their lives.
Health and Developmental Benefits:
Providing recreational opportunities to young children helps them develop healthy, active lifestyles, and the growing popularity of skateboarding is encouraging more and more people to go outside and roll. On average skaters are between 12 and 17 years old. These are formative years in a youth’s life and developing a habitual desire for physical recreation is essential to a healthy future.
Public Comfort and Safety Benefits:
Skateparks are far safer than kids rolling through busy streets. In addition to the direct health benefits, research even suggests that skateboarding can help keep teens out of trouble: skateboarders are less likely to smoke cigarettes, have sex, and skip school.
When a skatepark opens, it tends to draw folks from the outlying communities to come bring their kids to the skatepark, do some shopping, maybe have lunch, buy some gas, etc. The further away the nearest skatepark is, the further people travel to visit the new park. Skateparks attract patrons to local businesses who might not otherwise be in the area.
Community Development Benefits:
When parks are built right--with local skater input & involvement
throughout the process--those youth develop a sense of ownership, pride, & community engagement.
Most communities with new skateparks are surprised to see how popular and positive the facility is and regret not making it larger.
BENEFITS OF A COMMUNITY SKATE PARK