The Design Process for a DIY skatepark
The sketch below is the skatepark we are building, and below that the finished product.
Through a process of skateboarders talking, making models, collecting ideas from the Web and other parks, we have arrived at this seventh version of the plan. The base is powerfloated concrete, 33mtrsx17mtrs, with all the expansion joints adjusted to minimise uneveness to the surface, this gives a surface that is as smooth as glass.
The base was built by a local plant-hire company, Trodell Plant, and they included drainage and the access path in their generosity. We have tried for a design that has gentle enough features for absolute beginners, but with enough difficult bits to be challlenging to experienced skateboarders. Another idea that came out of discussions with BMXers, and also illustrates our stinginess, is that all the excavated soil will be banked at one end and sculpted into a BMX rough area.