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April 2004 Issue

The Makings of a Skatepark
Prefab modular or permanent concrete—which best suits your community's needs?
By Carol Newman

The Makings of a Skatepark
Courtesy Dreamland Skateparks

Growth in the sport of skateboarding has come in waves: waves of interest among youth, waves of protest over urban street skaters, wooden waves at community facilities, and surging waves of concrete forms on the landscape. The current wave of skateboard passion spreading across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia shows no sign of ebbing. Statistics from a Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association survey indicate that the numbers of skateboarders are growing dramaticallysince 1998, participation is up by 81 percentwhile interest in team sports is tapering.

Growth in the sport of skateboarding has come in waves: waves of interest among youth, waves of protest over urban street skaters, wooden waves at community facilities, and surging waves of concrete forms on the landscape. The current wave of skateboard passion spreading across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia shows no sign of ebbing. Statistics from a Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association survey indicate that the numbers of skateboarders are growing dramatically-since 1998, participation is up by 81 percent-while interest in team sports is tapering.

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