2002 Skate Park Survey

As one long-time camp director said recently, “The camp basics are the same, but the recreational intensity has increased.” Inundated with ESPN’s X Games, Nickelodeon’s Rocket Power and the ubiquitous extreme sports genre, American youth has become infatuated with the most accessible of the loosely-bound extreme sports, skateboarding.

Skateboarding is relatively inexpensive and the rudimentary mechanics are fairly simple. Make no mistake, scooters are a fad; skateboarding is here to stay. Besides, you can’t do tricks on scooters, but a skateboard allows you to get vertical, dude.

A sign of the extreme times is the number of camps that have added, or plan to add, skate parks to their programs. These skate parks are often versatile, allowing BMX trick bikers or inline skaters to ride the steel and concrete waves of ramps, rails and pipes.

Some camps have added a few modular components to bring a skating element to their programming. Others have decided to make skating their number one recreational priority.

Depending on the type of camp you run — from niche-focused computer camps to mammoth multi-program, multi-sport mega-camps — there is an option for everyone.

Once you start looking into it, you’ll find an entire subculture with its own language. You’ll run into terms like spines, pipes, banks, pyramids, grind rails, grind boxes, fun boxes, jump boxes, hips and wedges.

Remarkably, all these flow into a defined course, or part of a course, depending on how far you go with it. Most of the manufacturers listed below offer diagrams and photos of the various components and how they can create custom skate parks — big and small — on their Web sites.

American Ramp Co.

www.americanrampcompany.com

601 McKinley

Joplin, MO 64801

Phone: (877) 726-7778

Fax: (417) 206-6888

sales@americanrampcomany.com

American Ramp sells complete skate parks or individual components, including a bank ramp, bowl, grind box, grindrail, kinked grindrail, half pipe, half pyramid, pyramid, launch ramp, quarter pipe, spine, hip and jump box. The Web site includes sample designs, free services, safety gear, rentals, an order form and more.

Armadillo Recreation

www.armadillorecreation.com

P.O. Box 2146

Mansfield, TX 76063-2146

Phone: (817) 539-0102

Fax: (817) 539-0102

sales@armadillorecreation.com

Armadillo Recreation is the U.S. distributor for Rhino Ramps. It offers a choice of full skate parks and street courses, plus combinations and components. Components include Street Spine, Quarter Pipe, Half Pipe, Flat Bank, Grind Rail, Pyramid and Safety Rails.

Big Daddy Mfg.

www.bigdaddymfg.com

5445 Oceanus Dr., Suite 114

Huntington Beach, CA 92649

steve@bigdaddymfg.com

Phone: (714) 893-5621

Fax: (714) 893-5631

Big Daddy’s products include ramp kits (banks, boxes, ramps, wedges, spines, stairs, rails, quarter pipes, corners, bends, tables and benches), half pipes, combinations, mobile parks and mobile half-pipes. The Web site features information, diagrams, specifications and photos of its products and components, as well as an on-line store and services.

Hot Rails Inc.

51 South Jefferson St.

Orange, NJ 07050

www.hotrails.com/ramps4camps.htm

Phone: (973) 331-3758

Fax: (973) 673-8116

sk8ramps@aol.com

Hot Rails makes skate park components and modular parks, including take-off ramps, boxes, landing ramps, fly boxes, hips, spines, pyramids, quarter pipes and half pipes. There’s a section geared toward camps at www.hotrails.com/ramps4camps.htm. From there, go to Table of Contents for diagrams, ramp care information, a message board, a note to parents and other areas of interest.

Landscape Structures Inc.

www.skatewaveramps.com

www.playlsi.com

PO Box 198

Delano, MN 55328

Phone: (866) sk8-wave

Fax: (763) 972-3185

SkateWave is a division of Landscape Structures, and you can access SkateWave from the Landscape Structures homepage or go directly to www.skatewaveramps.com. Products include various obstacles, furnishings and configurations, plus consulting services. On the Web site, each product line contains diagrams and approximate pricing information. Also included on the site are photos of skate parks using the SkateWave system, links, statistics and safety.

Mojo Rails

www.mojorails.com

2042 W. 1st St. Tempe, AZ 85281

Phone: (480) 829-0412

Fax: (480) 829-3504

Info@mojorails.com

Mojo Rails product line includes practice hurdles, jumps, rails and ramps. Combinations include a Fun Box, Handrail Box, Fly Wedge and Flat Wedge. The Web site includes diagrams of skate parks, street courses and specs.

Mountain Ramp Inc.

www.mountainramp.com

6270 Arapahoe Ave. #3

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