In recent times skateboarding has started to gain back its prominence. However, it has consistently outperformed conventional team sports such as football and baseball in terms of the growth of participants and equipment sales.
A skate park serves as a recreational and an energetic environment engineered and constructed to be used for the sole purpose of skating.
Concrete Skatepark is used by skateboarders, inline rollerblade skaters, BMX riders, and scooter riders. Such a facility’s objective is to offer a safe environment for users to converge, relax, practice, and perform extreme sports.
Several elements and obstacles that a concrete skatepark consist of are designed for riders to test their abilities as they cruise.
Let’s take you through a few interesting facts about a concrete skate park.
Concrete Skate Park Construction
The construction, design, and implementation of a modern skatepark require the expertise, attention to detail, and a thorough understanding of the skateboarding sport.
Moreso, the designer ought to have prior experience in organizing and planning, plus a long term experience in the skating sport.
However, the builders for this project must be monitored appropriately for an accurate technical implementation and work quality of each of the construction phases.
Another essential element to the successful completion of this project is site supervision.
To put the construction of a concrete skatepark in perspective, outlined below are the phases of construction:
- Choosing a suitable site
- Site Evaluation
- Site Preparation
- Concrete type
- Cold weather concrete
- Reinforced Concrete
- Concrete carbonation
- Chloride attacks
- Above Grade Drainage
- Below grade drainage
- Expansion joints
- Concrete Construction
- Form Work
Interestingly, skatepark materials continue to improve over time. In modern designs, material such as brick, boulders, concrete, granite, glass, ceramic, and marble are also used.
The completion of a skatepark typically stalls around 6 months to 4 years; however, this depends on the complexity of the architectural framework.
How Much Does A Skate Park Cost?
Placing a price tag on the construction of a concrete skate park is not entirely feasible, it’s more like asking, ‘how much does a car cost?’
Nevertheless, there are two cost associated with the construction of Skatepark, they are:
- Design and facility construction cost
- Maintenance and operating cost of the facility
These costs are referred to as TCO (total cost of ownership)
For instance, the average cost to design and build a skatepark is $45 PSF (per square foot). So a 5000 square foot spot will cost $225, 000, and this can only accommodate a handful of skaters at a time. So we will try to go for a reasonable starting point of a 10,000 square foot skatepark. This will cost $450,000.
Interestingly, several factors could affect the cost of construction, although, in its entirety, it’s quite impossible to enumerate the impact of these factors particularly;
- Adjacent Construction
- Design Constraints
- Details of the design
- Distance to construction materials and resources
- Donations from community members
- Preparation of the site
- Size of the spot
- Specialized labor
- Condition of the soil
- Number of volunteered labor
Finally, although concrete stark parks may seem more expensive to construct, they are durable and take less time to construct.