2003 Skatepark Report

“Whoa! No way, dude!” At least that was our reaction as we began to compile the results from our latest product survey for skateparks.

After all was said and done we compiled information from 15 companies who provide a wide array of skatepark systems, from permanent concrete parks to portable, modular systems. There’s even a company (Whitefish) that makes templates that can, in turn, be built by the user, and one polled that builds primarily BMX, mountain board and other off-road sport tracks (Hyline Sports).

To help you research the options we sent surveys out to companies who provide these skatepark options to camps.

What you’ll find is a breakdown of each company’s offerings into products and types of systems, materials used, price of the most basic system and contact information.

The entire survey — which also includes standard and custom features, pre-installation (or construction) requirements, installation (construction) services and options, routine maintenance requirements, design services offered, warranty policies and post-sale services offered — is available at www.campbusiness.com/preditProductSurveys.html.

Our goal is to give you an overview of who offers what to camps, while providing an easy-to-browse forum on our Web site so that you can pick and choose the information most important to you, and go directly to the vendors’ Web sites you’re interested in. Please let us know how this new format works for you and what we can do to make your product searches easier.

We’ll publish an annual update each year to keep you informed of changes and upgrades. Your input is valuable and we invite you to let us know if there’s any other information we can help provide.

American Ramp Company (ARC)

Products and type of system: ARC has divisions that specialize in lumber framed equipment, modular steel equipment (powder coated or galvanized) and concrete. ARC offers both portable/ temporary and/or permanent solutions.

Materials used: Surfacing includes, but is not limited to, steel, Skatelite, Skatelite Pro, SkateShield, Ramp Armor or RampX: 1″-2″ galvanized or aluminum strapping on edges, 4″ galvanized or aluminum strapping behind coping, 2″ schedule 40 pipe (coping), 2.5′ stainless steel screws.

The materials used by American Ramp Company includes, but is not limited to, the following: Steel, Pro-Line: 7 gauge (powder coated) steel riding surface (or optional riding surface), 10 gauge platform guards, 12 gauge enclosures (optional), 10 gauge stainless steel coping system (no seams) and stainless steel tamper resistant hardware. Galvanized: Hot-dipped zinc plating, SkateShield riding surface or Skatelite Pro with polyethylene substrate, 10 gauge platform guards, 12 gauge enclosures (optional), 10 gauge stainless steel coping system (no seams), stainless steel tamper resistant hardware. Lumber: HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) or pressure treated plywood templates, pressure treated 2×6 framework and pressure treated 4×4 supports. Composite: Same as above, but replacing all wood with (recycled) composite (50% wood fiber and 50% plastic) material. Concrete: Concrete and steel.

Price of most basic system: Since ARC builds using all the available methods it can sell a grind rail for as low as $100 to a skatepark up to $1 million. ARC says it will use the method that best suits the budget and needs.

Contact information: American Ramp Company (ARC), 601 McKinley, Joplin, MO 64801, (877) 726-7778, (417) 206-6888, sales@americanrampcompany.com, www.americanrampcompany.com.

Athletica

Products and type of system: RampRider Modular Skatepark Equipment includes equipment packages, half-pipes, quarter pipes, launches, wedges, humps, banks, roll-ins, step pads, manual pads, street spines, fun pad, pick trick, and grind rails, and is portable or permanent.

Materials used: High-grade composite materials, galvanized steel threshold and edging, Skatelite Pro skating surface, stainless steel fasteners.

Price of most basic system: Single pieces start at $575 and pre-designed packages start at $12,000.

Contact information: Athletica Inc., 4814 Park Glen Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416, (800) 809-7465 x 211, (952) 925-6192 (fax), ramprider@athleticainc.com, www.ramprider.com.

Dreamland Skateparks

Products and type of system: Permanent concrete skateparks.

Materials used: Concrete, steel, brick, pool coping.

Price of most basic system: Depends upon client, but for most about $100,000 for park, $15,000 for design.

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