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Skatepark Typology

Typically a city will strive to have a network of skateparks spread across the city, providing a range of riding experiences and making skateparks accessible to users of all ages. To help describe the variety of skateparks that would make up a network, a skatepark typology was established and described in the City of Calgary Skatepark Amenity Strategy 2011 (City of Calgary, 2011).

Below is a description of each of the 5 types.  Even within each type, there is a range of sizes and styles so one example of a skate spot can be very different from another.

 

Reference:

City of Calgary. (2011). Skateboarding Amenities Strategy 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2018, from City of Calgary, Skatepark Development: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Skateparks/Skateboard-amenities-strategy.aspx

 

Skatepark Typologies

Skate Spot

  • Size: 150 m2 – 600 m2 (1,500 ft2 to 6,000 ft2) eg 1/2 basketball court
  • A small-scale ‘skateable’ opportunity
  • Usually found in a neighbourhood park or along a paved pathway.
  • Features will be novice and intermediate level & have low impact (minimally noticeable) on the area
  • Usually found in residential areas
  • May be built to counter areas of conflict where unapproved skateboarding occurs on private or semi-public property.
  • Skate Spots can also be built to link larger skateparks along the route between them

McKernan Skate Spot - Edmonton

Guildford - Surrey BC

Blackfalds AB

Mouat Skatepark, Abbotsford BC

Neighbourhood

  • Size: 600 m2 – 1,200 m2 (6,000 ft2 – 12,000 ft2) eg one tennis court
  • Serves the needs of the immediate neighbourhood(s) that surround it.
  • Features often include wider range of obstacles for users of all skill levels including novice and intermediate users
  • Commonly located in neighbourhood parks or spaces in other highly visible lands, usually close to residential or small commercial areas.

Community

  • Size: 1,200 m2 – 2,500 m2 (12,000 ft2 – 25,000 ft2) eg outdoor hockey rink
  • Serves the needs a number of neighbourhoods
  • Parks of this size will typically have more amenities such as parking, bathrooms, a water fountain, shelter, or lighting.
  • WIll usually accommodate all ability levels, and will likely include a range of terrain styles.
  • Are best suited in more central locations, and in areas of mixed residential, commercial and institutional land uses.

Chinook Winds, Airdrie AB

Queensborough, New Westminster BC

Ladner Skatepark, Delta BC

Chuck Bailey, Surrey BC

Cloverdale Youthpark, Surrey BC

Regional

  • Size: 2,500-4,000 m2 (25,000 ft2 – 40,000 ft2) eg Little League Baseball field
  • Serves a region/quadrant of a city
  • Best located in an area of mixed residential, commercial and institutional land uses.
  • Will include obstacles suitable for all ability levels, feature all-terrain styles, and have a greater range of amenities, such as parking, spectator seating, and  fully-serviced washrooms

Destination

  • Size: 4,000 m2+ (40,000 ft2 +)
  • A destination skatepark draws users from the entire city, and beyond as users will travel some distance to ride the park
  • WIll likley have an expanded amenities such as parking, water fountains, washrooms, and shelter
  • Terrain caters to users from beginners to professional level.
  • Wil accommodate major demonstrations and competitiveevents.

 

Shaw Millennium Park, Calgary AB

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