The Skatepark Project

$10M+

More than $10-million has been awarded by the The Skatepark Project to help create public skateparks.

637

637 skatepark projects in all 50 states have received funding from the The Skatepark Project.

6M+

More than six million visitors annually enjoy skateparks that the The Skatepark Project helped fund.

1000+

Thousands of skatepark projects worldwide have received guidance and advocacy training from the The Skatepark Project.

Our Mission

Our Mission

We help underserved communities create safe and inclusive public skateparks for youth.

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Skatepark Opening Protocol

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public-health crisis, The Skatepark Project recommends that official public gatherings be postponed, including grand opening celebrations, in accordance with local public health guidelines.
Skateparks are a critical resource for youth to enjoy outdoor activity, but new skateparks should be opened with no initial public announcement. Word of a local skatepark's opening will spread organically through the skate community, and attendance will gradually increase over time. Appropriate social-distancing guidelines should be shared with the skateboarding community via signage, social media, and other means.
A small, private ribbon-cutting ceremony may be appropriate, if strict social-distancing protocols are observed and it is held in accordance with local public health guidelines. This should only take place several days after the skatepark has opened, and include a limited number of local officials and individuals who were involved in the creation of the skatepark. This could replace a traditional grand opening and serve as a photo opportunity for press and official purposes.
The skatepark can be properly celebrated at a later date, when public gatherings are safe. For example, this could occur in recognition of the skatepark’s first anniversary of service to the community, conditions permitting.



COVID-19 RESPONSE

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The health and well-being of skateboarders—both in the communities we serve and in all communities—is always our top priority, but especially during these difficult times. To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we encourage everyone to follow shelter-in-place/stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, whether skateboarding on the street or in skateparks that may remain open. As an organization, we have temporarily closed our office and have asked all employees to work from home, stagger work schedules, and are follow social distancing guidelines. In addition, The Skatepark Project has canceled all scheduled events over the coming months.




BLACK LIVES MATTER

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter. The Skatepark Project stands with protestors in opposition to the brutality committed against black Americans by police and to the historic systemic and institutional racism inflicted on black communities across the U.S. We are also reviewing our internal policies on staffing, governance, and grant funding to ensure we are doing everything we can to address the social and economic imbalance by bringing quality public skateparks to youth in black communities and other underserved areas. Since 2002 The Skatepark Project has been helping create safe and inclusive spaces where kids can be active and connected. Skateboarding and skateparks bring people of every background together—skateparks are havens of racial diversity, where youth connect through the sport they love. The critical role that skateparks serve has never been so clear, and The Skatepark Project is committed to bringing new skateparks to the communities that need them most.


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The Skatepark Project offers grants to help finance public skateparks in low-income communities. See if your project qualifies.

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WHY SKATEPARKS MATTER

WHY SKATEPARKS MATTER

With 6.3-million skateboarders in the U.S., and only about 3,500 skateparks available for them to ride, the need for more safe skateparks has never been greater.

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