2003 Skatepark Report

Contact information: Dreamland Skateparks, 5524 SW Cameron, Portland, OR 97221, (503) 577-9277, mark@dreamlandskateparks.com, www.dreamlandskateparks.com.

Huna Designs

Products and type of system: Huna manufactures permanent modular systems, that can be added to and can also be moved, if necessary.

Materials used: Woodward Ramps and Rails are made of all galvanized steel construction, with the exception of the skating surface that utilizes triple-layer construction, which begins with steel ribbing as the base support system. On top of that is a layer of 12 gauge steel for a solid underlayment, followed by an acoustical layer of 1/2″ polyethylene for maximum noise reduction. The top layer is Skatelite Pro. In addition, Woodward Ramps and Rails provide: Stainless steel hardware, bolt-through, tamper resistant surfacing connections, 12 gauge perforated steel powder coated sides and backs, large fully adjustable levelers, full steel edging, 2 3/8”, 10 gauge coping and 12 gauge galvanized and powder coated steel transitions.

Price of most basic system: Since these are fully modular systems built to the needs and budgets of the user, there is no standard starting system price point.

Contact information: Huna Designs, 1000 Buffalo Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837, (800) 430-7407, (570) 522-9000, www.hunadesigns.com.

Hyline Sports

Products and type of system: Design and installation of dirt tracks for Mountainboards, off road scooters, off road inline skates and BMX bikes.

Materials used: Top soil, loam with some clay and river silt soil is ideal. The river silt will give a smooth, hard surface when packed and the loam with wet clay will provide a stable basis for berms and jumps.

Price of most basic system: Inexpensive to produce, depending upon the site of the planned track. If additional soil and hardening products are needed it can be into the few thousands of dollars. Typically, for a relatively small-sized track 2,000 to 2,500 yards of dirt is required. The dirt should have a good clay content. It should pack into a ball in your hand, but it should be fine enough to be raked with a hand rake ($2-$4/yard = $4,000 to $12,500).

Contact information: HYLINE SPORTS, 110 East 59th St. #3201, New York, NY 10022, (212) 688-5600, (212) 688-6683 (fax), HYLINENY@aol.com, www.mongooseatb.com, www.hylineatb.com.

Purkiss Rose-RSI

Products and type of system: Purkiss Rose-RSI specializes in the construction of permanent concrete skateparks. When the need arises the company is able to design a park that combines the use of both permanent and portable facilities in one site.

Materials used: Constructed with concrete, galvanized steel rails, edges and coping. Some parks feature recycled plastic elements.

Price of most basic system: Construction cost of most skateparks average $25-$28 per square foot, depending on the size and complexity of the design.

Contact information: Purkiss Rose-RSI, 801 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832, (714) 871-3638, (714) 871-1188 (fax), www.skateparkdesigner.com, www.purkiss-rose-rsi.com, skate@purkiss-rose-rsi.com.


Products and type of system: Permanent, modular and mobile heavy-duty ramps designed for bike use.

Materials used: Steel.

Price of most basic system: $14,000.

Contact information: Ramp-Parts, 12637 Aspen Rd., Joplin, MO 64804, (866) 234-RAMP, (866) STEEL64 (fax), www.ramp-parts.com.

Ramptech Inc.

Products and type of system: System 1 combines common materials that were used originally to construct ramps with modern ones. Using a wood frame, composite sub-layer, and Skatelite Pro as the riding surface it’s modular/expandable for portable, temporary or permanent use. The System 2 line of steel ramps is a completely modular skatepark system that can be moved many times.

Materials used: System 1: Transition framing — ACQ treated 2×6;

transition template –- ACQ treated 3/4″ plywood reinforced with ACQ treated 2×6; sub-layer — 5/8″ HDPE (perforated for drainage); riding surface –- Skatelite Pro; enclosure –- 3/4″ HDPE (perforated for ventilation); posts — ACQ treated 4×4 post; safety railings –- 10 Ga. sheet steel, galvanized and powder coated; coping –- 2″ diameter steel tube primed and painted with enamel top coat (ends are capped and uses one continuous piece for entire width of ramp); galvanized plate for deck protection; galvanized metal edging –- 1/4″ x 2″ sheet metal; threshold -– galvanized steel plate (11 Ga./16″ wide); hardware –- tamper-proof galvanized screws, nails and bolts and nuts for structure, stainless steel screws for surfacing.

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