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Episode 17 – Municipal Equation

In this episode of The Skatepark Podcast, join us as we talk with Ben Brown about the organization of cities as they relate to skateboarding and skateparks. Alec, Ben, and Pete discuss the interaction of concerned citizens and community leaders and the decisions that get made, ultimately resulting in policies and facilities that impact skateboarders. 

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Episode 16 – Retail Skateparks

In this episode of The Skatepark Podcast Pete and Alec discuss parks that aren’t public. Learn why they used to be necessary, why some still do it, and the risks and benefits of setting one up.

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Episode 15 – Skateboarding As Emotional Therapy

In this episode of The Skatepark Podcast Alec and Pete discuss the mental and emotional benefits of skateboarding. Hear some strange science, personal stories and the broader implications of skating’s unique impact on human beings.

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Episode 14 – Miki Vuckovich

On this episode of The Skatepark Podcast, our hosts take a look at skateboarding and skateparks through the eyes of one of the most influential people behind the scenes of skateboarding and skateparks, THF Executive Director Miki Vuckovich.

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Episode 13 – Managing Your Core Group

In this episode of The Skatepark Podcast, our hosts discuss the best (and worst) ways to work with the people in your skatepark project’s core group. Learn how to save time, amplify strengths and minimize weaknesses – all while empowering yourself and your trusty partners.

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Episode 12 – Trash

In this episode of The Skatepark Podcast, Alec and Pete discuss one of the most annoying and dangerous issues plaguing skateparks across the country – trash. Learn policy and practice, and how to reach out to the local skate population authentically to activate their role in keeping things clean.

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Episode 11 – Tony Hawk

We ask Tony all sorts of questions about skateparks and skateboarding. From design and policy to trick selection and contests… we dive deep. Learn how the Tony Hawk Foundation began, and what direction skateboarding and skateparks may be going.

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Episode 10 – Shrediquette

In the first of our regular episodes, Alec and Pete discuss the do’s and don’ts of skating at a skatepark. This episode provides valuable insight into the unwritten rules that help govern an activity that has no rules.

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Episode 9 – Policy, Programming and Maintenance

In the ninth and final installment of our primary educational episodes, Pete and Alec take you through the last steps of skatepark development and past the finish line. Learn how to advocate for proper contemporary skatepark policy, how to program and activate the skatepark, and what to expect in terms of maintenance. BONUS: How to prepare your city and local law enforcement to properly respond to possible growing pains around the skatepark.

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Episode 8 – Design and Construction

In the eighth installment of our primary educational episodes, things start to take shape. Join hosts Alec and Pete as they help you understand the process of design, and how to work with skatepark design and construction firms on your skatepark project. Learn some tips about contemporary design, and how to ensure your project uses a qualified skatepark construction firm.

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Episode 7 – Fundraising

In the seventh installment of our primary educational episodes, Alec and Pete discuss one of the biggest elements in skatepark advocacy: fundraising. They’ll share some valued tactics for galvanizing your community, and some insights into getting the most funding for your time.

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Episode 6 – Site Selection

In the sixth installment of our primary educational episodes, Pete and Alec discuss the process of site selection and working with the city through the entire skatepark process. Learn about one of the biggest pitfalls in skatepark advocacy, and how to avoid it.

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Episode 5 – Message

In the fifth installment of our primary educational episodes, our hosts dive deeper into the art of communication and how to craft the right message around your public skatepark project. Learn tips and tricks for showcasing the obvious and not so obvious value that comes from creating, and maintaining, a skatepark in your town.

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Episode 4 – Community Outreach

In the fourth installment of our primary educational episodes, Alec and Pete discuss the best ways to gain support for your public-skatepark project while bringing value to your beloved community. Learn the reasons and methods behind community outreach, and how to deal with opposition to the skatepark. BONUS: How to manage your own emotions and reactions in the face of vehement opposition.

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Episode 3 – City Council

In the third installment of our primary educational episodes, our hosts take you to the first boss level: speaking at the City Council meeting. Learn some public-speaking tips, how to prep your crew, and the do’s and don’ts of discussing your public skatepark project with the public.

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Episode 2 – Core Group

In the second installment of our primary educational episodes, Pete and Alec discuss the first real step in creating a public skatepark project, assembling your core group. Learn how it works and what to expect when assembling a diverse and skilled group of people for the mighty task of skatepark development. Bonus: the mental attitude it takes to make it to the finish line.

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Episode 1 – Overview

In the first of nine educational episodes, we cover the entire process of getting a skatepark, from start to finish. Get to know our skateboarding hosts Peter Whitley and Alec Beck as they explain the basic structure of a public-skatepark project and what you can expect along the way.

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TRAILER: The Skatepark Podcast Coming Soon!

The Skatepark Podcast presented by the Tony Hawk Foundation covers everything you want and need to know about skateparks and public-skatepark development. Join hosts Peter Whitley and Alec Beck for tips, tricks, and all the insight a skatepark advocate (or skateboard nerd) needs to know to achieve a proper concrete skatepark in your community.

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