Coming to a City Near You: Skate Parks!

Source: Peter Harnik and Coleen Gentles, Parks & Recreation, May 2009

From the summary:
With a unique language, culture, and style, skateboarders are riding an urban tide that is yielding scores of skate parks and adding a new layer of excitement and challenge to city recreation systems, but it’s a layer that isn’t fully integrated into them. According to the City Park Facts survey, conducted by the Center for City Park Excellence, there are only 180 skate parks in the 75 most populous U.S. cities. On a per capita basis, only nine municipalities have more than one skateboard park per 100,000 residents — a sign that cities are far from accepting skateboarding as a mainstream recreational offering. In an article that appeared in the May 2009 issue of Parks & Recreation, the Center looks into where and how park agencies are creating skate parks. A pdf of the article can be downloaded below.

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