It is especially important that the rules of the skatepark do not contain unenforceable or unclear rules. These will only undermine the rules considered sacrosanct by the city. For example, if rule #1 says, “Helmets must be worn at all times,” and rule #2 says, “Be respectful of yourself and others,” skaters will make the most liberal interpretation of both rules together. Keep your skatepark rules simple and clear. Paradoxically, or maybe not, one of the most popular unwritten rules when it comes to skateboarding is that there are no rules. Vandals will arrive in the evening and mark the park, hoping that their handicrafts will be seen by hundreds of local youth. People who arrive at the park and do not skate and prefer to sit nearby and sunbathe in the social environment are sometimes called “prowlers” by snowboarders. These prowlers often smoke, scribble on furniture and leave their garbage everywhere. They are little aware of the work that has been done to create the skate park; They just see it as a place to separate from adults with other people their age. Will the skatepark need helmets? Are helmets necessary for ALL skatepark visitors when they are on the course? How is it communicated and enforced? How is the success (or failure) of the policy measured? What are the consequences of non-compliance? Will the skatepark allow BMX riders? Do the benefits of a particular policy outweigh the risks? Will the skatepark be fenced? Will there be dedicated on-site support? Are derogations necessary? Will the park be closed for routine maintenance? If so, why? Does the cost outweigh the benefits? Keep in mind that skateparks are unsupervised facilities, so know your skills and be prepared to ride at your own risk. Special guidelines that apply only to the skate park are where open public conversations must take place.
Here are some examples: Two directives are particularly difficult. Mandatory helmets and BMX bans are the two rules most often ignored by skatepark visitors. The increase in the level of compliance in these areas is discussed in detail in the respective sections; Helmet Directive and BMX and Scooter Policy. Such decisions are often made by people who will probably never use the skatepark themselves. Their administrative wisdom or ability to interpret the law or assess risk allows them to make unilateral decisions that could affect hundreds, if not thousands, of residents and set the new skatepark on the path to success or failure. It is important that these decisions are taken on the basis of transparent justification and with the most reliable data available. Achieving a high level of compliance by the facility`s customers is a goal for all skatepark administrators. However, they often face a skateboarding community that has years of maverick behavior behind it. Before the new skatepark, skateboarders are used to looking for recreational space in places that most people would find inappropriate or even dangerous. Skateboard prohibition signs are installed with or without jurisdiction throughout the city, reducing the recreational area to zero. Many skaters see skateboard prohibition signs as a beacon indicating that there may be an attractive structure nearby, and due to the ubiquity of these signs throughout the community, they are regularly overlooked. The only indication that skateboarding is really not allowed in the room is when an authority figure personally intervenes.
This routine event is exhausting for skaters and the person unfortunate enough to have an ad hoc skating attraction on their property. Each park has policies that govern its management and use. Skateparks are no exception. Most skateparks located on public land are subject to state and local laws. In most cases, the skatepark is considered a typical park facility, just like the tennis court, and most skatepark rules apply to all park attractions. The opening hours of the skate park, for example, should be the same as on the tennis court. Smoking, illegal drug use, and graffiti can be problems if the skatepark is far away. These violations are often introduced by non-skaters.
Teens are drawn to the skatepark because it`s cool and popular, but if they don`t have the opportunity to interact directly with the space as planned (they don`t have skateboarding experience, for example), they`ll find other ways to “belong” to the space. Even though many communities are finally looking for skateparks to solve this problem, it is naïve to expect that a single skatepark for a community will immediately move any skater away from inappropriate places. This is only part of the solution. After cutting the ribbon, years of learned behavior will not suddenly disappear, and local skateboarders will not immediately be transformed into obedient citizens who skate exclusively in the skatepark and nowhere else. This is often difficult for the non-skating public to understand. They should be the place where they dictate the rules, even though there are (almost) no guidelines on what to do and what not to do. Most have a bulletin board with rules that users must follow. Check out the most common skatepark rules and reminders: The skatepark`s ability to keep skateboarders away from inappropriate areas is often limited by unpopular skatepark policies. For example, one municipality will support the proposed skate park to reduce the risk to its youth by providing them with a safe place to relax, and then reduce the attractiveness of the skate park by issuing tickets for not wearing a helmet.
Skaters then simply return to the road and the associated risks. The skatepark doesn`t work as well as it could in this situation. The city may find itself in the unsavory position of unyielding political demands that are unlikely to please local snowboarders. These should be communicated openly and their non-negotiability shared. Without these clear explanations, local skaters are likely to perceive these rules as arbitrary game plans that can be arbitrarily ignored.