2006 Skatepark Report
Whether you’re looking for a permanent concrete park or a portable, modular system, the respondents to this year’s Camp Business Skatepark Survey are going big to help turn your dream into reality.
The edited version of their answers to our extensive survey is printed here. For the complete report in all its gory technical details, visit us online at www.camp-business.com.
American Ramp Company (ARC)
Products and type of system: Portable, temporary, and permanent systems offered.
Materials used: Pro Series: All-steel powder-coated system, X Series: Steel frame, poly substrate, interchangeable surface (Skatelite Pro, Ramp X, steel, or stainless steel), Stealth Series: Wood frame, poly substrate/templates, Skatelite Pro surface, hot dipped galvanized steel.
Contact information: American Ramp Company (ARC), 601 McKinley, Joplin, MO 64801, (877) RAMP-778, (417) 206-6816, (417) 206-6888 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org, www.americanrampcompany.com
Skate Concept Concrete Skateparks
Products and type of system: Skate Concept skateparks are permanent but can be moved if designed and fabricated to do so. Parks can be constructed in stages if required. Skate Concept parks are concrete so no one can move pieces around or remove pieces.
Materials used: Skate Concept is manufactured using high strength concrete, minimum compressive strength 6,000 pounds per square inch (psi). Coping, transition plates, edge protection, and all BMX protection pieces, grind rails and guardrails are created using high-grade galvanized steel or stainless steel. Granite can be used for street or plaza configurations.
Products and type of system: Pre-fabricated, easy-to-install, modular obstacles. Our parks are designed for all abilities and can be used by all riders, including skateboarders, in-line skaters, and BMX bikers.
Materials used: All of our equipment is 100 percent steel, which is the most professional and durable construction available. Steel also provides durability, which means very little maintenance
Contact information: Sk8parks International, 660 Van Dyne Road, PO Box 549, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-0549, (877) 891-1283, www.sk8parks.com
Products and type of system: Skatewave 3.0 is a modular skatepark system with completely interchangeable skate surfaces, allowing skatepark planners to choose the surface that's right for their riders. Skatewave 3.0 is based on an ultra-modular design system that maximizes manufacturing precision and delivers design flexibility to the customer. Using this system, skatepark planners can create an enormous variety of custom-configured obstacles, multi-level platforms and skate plazas. Skatewave equipment can be moved/rearranged with a forklift.
Materials used: Skatewave 3.0 offers a choice of three interchangeable skating surfaces: TekTrak, RampX or stainless steel. TekTrak-coated steel is a super-durable, sound-dampened, corrosion-resistant, low-maintenance steel surface for long-term durability. RampX is a phenolic resin skating surface made from a durable composite material that provides wheel traction and compressive strength. Stainless steel is ultra-tough and virtually maintenance-free -- available by special order.
Contact information: Skatewave, (866) SK8-WAVE (866-758-9283), www.skatewave.com
Products and type of system: Re-configurable modular concrete skatepark ramps and steel/recycled plastic street elements.
Materials used: Ramps are made of high-tech Dom flex concrete with hot dipped galvanized steel guardrails and adjustable support legs. All other hardware is tamper-proof stainless steel. Street elements are hot dipped galvanized steel with certain elements having recycled plastic inserts.
Spohn Ranch Inc.
Products and type of system: Spohn Ranch provides skatepark equipment designed to be transportable in addition to being built from the best quality. Equipment can be set up at temporary locations then moved to a more permanent site. Choose from six different ramp systems for your community's individual needs.
Materials used: Spohn Ranch offers a wide variety of construction materials ranging from wood, concrete, plastic, steel and composites.
Woodward Ramps and Rails
Products and type of system: Woodward Ramps and Rails 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. Hardware (exposed) is made of stainless steel.
Contact information: Woodward Ramps and Rails, 1000 Buffalo Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837, (800) 430-7407, (570) 522-9000, www.playworldsystems.com