2004 Skatepark Report

Despite some fears that the skatepark-building craze is just a fad, the opposite appears true. Skating and biking on ramps and obstacles shows a consistent growth trend. The demand is still there, and shows no sign of abating.

Camps are always looking for innovative programming ideas, and for many, skateparks help fit the bill.

We compiled information from eight companies who provide a wide array of skatepark systems, from permanent concrete parks to portable, modular systems. These companies are actively working with camps.

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

Here, we’re offering an abbreviated version of the full survey, which is available at www.camp-business.com. Scroll down and click on Product Surveys.

What you’ll find on-line is a breakdown of each company’s offerings into products and types of systems, materials used, price of most basic system, standard and custom features, pre-installation (or construction) requirements, installation (construction) services and options, routine maintenance requirements, design services offered, warranty policies, post-sale services offered and contact information.

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 offers three distinct product lines, representing all possible construction methods available for above ground skate parks: Pro Series (modular steel framework/steel riding surface); X-Series (modular steel framework/polyethylene substrate/Skatelite Pro riding surface); and Stealth Series (lumber and polyethylene framework/polyethylene substrate/Skatelite Pro riding surface)

Materials used:

Pro Series –- 7 gauge (3/16″) steel riding surface, 10 gauge (1/8″) steel framework, all TGIC polyester powder coated, tamper resistant stainless steel fasteners.

X-Series –- 12 gauge steel substrate, 1/2″ polyethylene underlayment, 1/4″ Skatelite Pro riding surface, with same modular framework and fasteners as Pro Series.

Stealth Series — 2 x 6 lumber framing, with 1/2″ polyethylene substrate and 1/4″ Skatelite Pro.

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

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

Huna Designs

Products and type of system: Huna manufactures permanent modular systems that can be added to and rearranged, if desired.

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 formed steel beams as the base support system. On top of that is a layer of 14 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 (exposed hardware only), bolt-through, tamper resistant surfacing and frame connections, 14 gauge perforated steel powder coated sides and backs, large fully adjustable levelers, 4″ zinc plated and powder coated steel edging, 2-3/8″ 10 gauge coping and 1/4″ galvanized and powder coated steel transitions (10 gauge and 12 gauge steel plates are welded together to form a strong transition plate with a low entry and exit threshold).

Price of most basic system: Since these are fully modular systems that are 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.

Skate Concept Skateparks

Products and type of system: Skate Concept skateparks can be either semi-permanent or permanent. The modular design allows the components to be moved or added onto in the future. (This idea is incorporated into the design of the parks as well). The components are concrete so their weight restricts kids from moving pieces around, or pieces being removed from the parks. Moving these components in a semi permanent configuration will require a crane. Parks installed in-ground are permanent.

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