Laws for Skateboard Parks

Updated April 17, 2017

Skateboarding is a popular action sport that is not always welcomed in public. To help avoid the dangers and problems of having skateboarders riding on streets and sidewalks, many cities have created skate parks. As with any other area or business, skateboard parks must adhere to a set of laws and regulations.

Brief History of Skate Parks

Skate parks in the United States first began appearing in the 1970s as laws became more strict on skating in public places. Damage from riding and doing tricks with skateboards caused individuals to create areas specifically for the sport. Since that time, more locations are open around the country. They began as privately owned locations, but cities have built parks on their own as well.

Laws Regarding Skate Park Creation

If you are planning to open a skate park, contact your local government. With any new business, you must check the zoning laws and property tax regulations with your city. Some cities have very tough skateboarding laws, so it is imperative that you check to make sure your plans are up to code. The best place to begin would be your city's parks and recreation department. They would be able to tell you exactly what rules you must follow to complete your project.

Skate Park Insurance

All businesses must have insurance to cover possible accidents, especially those where injury is much more likely. Running an uninsured skate park makes it possible that you could be held liable for the injuries that occur and pay stiff penalties. Skate park owners usually make their patrons sign waivers before using their facilities. These waivers might state that the skater has adequate insurance to cover any injury sustained and will not hold the owner liable.

Police Support

Obtaining help and input for your local police force might help increase the legitimacy of your skate park business. Allowing police officers to develop a relationship with you and the skaters using your park might ease issues that arise. They can also help you stay within the rules and regulations regarding parks and policies within your city.

Staffed and Unstaffed Skate Parks

When building your skate park, decide if you want your location to be staffed or unstaffed. Having a staffed skate park can be more expensive because you will not only have to pay your employees, but have insurance to cover their possible injuries as well. An unstaffed skate park might be unpopular because parents and city officials would want proper supervision there at all times.

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Raphael is a refocused writer originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 2006 he earned his journalism degree from Elon University while minoring in creative writing. During his five year career his work has appeared in publications in North and South Carolina as well as national media outlet ESPN.