Communities must ask right questions when planning skatepark
Planning and designing a skatepark can be a complicated and lengthy process. It’s important to know the right questions to ask before undertaking the responsibility of creating and building one for your community.
Instruction, controlled environment make for safe skateboarding
Studies indicate that one-third of all skateboarding injuries occur in a beginning skater’s first weeks of skating. Skateboarding education and proper teaching of fundamentals are the keys to creating the safest skateboarding experience possible for all skatepark users.
Skateboarding provides safe and effective skateboarding instruction and programming as well as information on building and managing skateparks. You’ll get all the tools you need to do everything from teaching fundamental skateboarding skills to designing and running a park to meet the needs of your community.
Skateboarding is one of the fastest-growing activities for youth in America and throughout the world. This fun and exhilarating activity is a great way of fighting childhood obesity while providing a practical method of transportation. The increased popularity of skateboarding has created an unprecedented demand for more skateparks, sound instruction, and access to safe opportunities for skating. Skateboarding: Instruction, Programming, and Park Design provides safe and effective skateboarding instruction and programming as well as information on building and managing skateparks. You’ll get all the tools you need to do everything from teaching fundamental skateboarding skills to designing and running a park to meet the needs of your community.
In Skateboarding: Instruction, Programming, and Park Design, author Ben Wixon, an experienced skateboarder, instructor, and skatepark consultant and advocate, provides you with
a full curriculum with progressive lesson plans and practice strategies to help you teach skateboarding safely and correctly;
guidance through the planning and design process, including an overview of the pros and cons of various skatepark styles and construction types;
information on key management issues such as supervision, staffing, scheduling, and maintenance; and
strategies for managing risk through appropriate skateboarding instruction, supervision, and park maintenance.
Proper instruction in skateboarding fundamentals is the first step in providing a safe experience for all participants. Skateboarding begins with a ready-to-use curriculum that can be implemented in a variety of settings, including schools, public parks, and camps. The step-by-step lesson plans make it easy to teach everything from basic techniques to intermediate and advanced skills. The lesson plans are educationally sound, meet NASPE standards, and can be used either in or out of a skatepark. The curriculum also includes practice strategies to help participants acquire new skills and perfect their techniques, and it even includes guidelines on safety and skatepark etiquette so students will learn that avoiding risk is an important part of skateboarding fun. The book’s glossary makes technical jargon and skateboarding slang easy to understand for administrators and new instructors and gives them insight into the idiosyncrasies of skateboarding culture.
Skateboarding also features thorough coverage of skatepark management and administration. Wixon offers expert advice on planning and designing a skatepark. He presents factors and questions to consider, information on the various types of skateparks so you can choose the one that best fits your needs, and help with budgeting for construction and maintenance costs. You will also find tools and resources to help you manage both new and existing facilities. Skateboarding covers the most essential management areas. You’ll find recommendations on scheduling and programming, staffing and supervision guidelines, and instructions on establishing a maintenance routine. The book also contains helpful forms, including participation waivers and safety and maintenance checklists, and a list of recommended vendors to make it easy to order the equipment you need. Throughout the book you’ll find tips for managing risk and promoting safety in the skatepark.
Skateboarding is the perfect all-in-one resource for administrators, youth instructors, and physical educators. It offers all the information you’ll need to design, supervise, and maintain a skatepark as well as create skateboarding programs for the youth in your community.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Skateboarding and Skateparks
Benefits of Skateboarding
The Growing Need for Skateboard Programming
Outline of Skateboarding Curriculum
Chapter 2: Safe Skateboarding
Skatepark Management and Operations
Skateboarding Safety Statistics
Chapter 3: Teaching Skateboarding
Instructional Job Descriptions
Teaching Skatepark Etiquette and Safety
Chapter 4: Skateboarding Fundamentals
General Questions Before the Beginning Lesson
Activity 1: Skateboard Orientation
Activity 2: Stretching
Activity 3: Bailing Out and Falling
Activity 4: Navigating the Skateboard
Activity 5: Tick Tacks and Manuals
Chapter 5: Beginning Skatepark Lesson Plans
Beginning the Skatepark Lesson
Activity 1: Warm-Up and Orientation
Activity 2: Walking the Park and Teaching Etiquette
Activity 3: Teaching Skatepark Skills
Chapter 6: Intermediate and Advanced Skateboarding Skills
Skateboarding’s Creative Element
Intermediate and Advanced Skateboarding Skills
Chapter 7: Planning and Designing Skateparks
Considerations for Planning a Skatepark in Your Community
History of Skatepark Design
Overview of Concrete Skateparks
Overview of Wooden Skateparks
Overview of Modular Skateparks
Factors to Consider
Planning for the Future
Chapter 8: Scheduling Skateparks
Planning for Other Activities
BMX Bikes and Skateparks
Chapter 9: Supervising Skateparks
Types of Supervision
Maintenance Routines and Procedures
Dealing With Typical Questions, Issues, and Problems
Chapter 10: Skateparks in the Community
A Skatepark’s Role in the Community
Skateboarding in School
Advocacy and Involvement in Community Skateparks
Developing a Skatepark in Your Community
A reference for recreation professionals, physical education teachers, camp instructors, youth program leaders, afterschool leaders, and others interested in teaching skateboarding. Also a reference for administrators in public, commercial, or nonprofit recreation settings interested in developing a skateboarding program or building or managing a skatepark.
Ben Wixon, MED, is a recreation leader and programming consultant for Portland Parks and Recreation and also teaches middle school in the Portland Public School District. He earned a master's of education with a focus on curriculum and instruction at Arizona State University in 2002.
Throughout his 20 years of skateboarding experience, Wixon has performed in public skateboarding demonstrations and competed in and judged numerous competitions. He has competed in several World Cup Skateboarding events as well as the 2000 and 2002 Van's Amateur World Championships.
Wixon has taught and managed both public and private skateboarding camps. He has also helped numerous organizations develop skateboarding curricula and programs, including Portland Parks and Recreation; the cities of Chandler, Tempe, and Phoenix, Arizona; YMCA of the USA; Portland Public Schools; Cartwright School District; Windell's Snowboard Camp; and Site Design Group Skateparks. He has more than a decade of experience in skatepark advocacy, programming, design, and construction.
In his leisure time, Wixon enjoys board sports (skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing), bicycling, traveling, camping, and collecting books and records. He currently resides with his wife in Portland, Oregon.