How to Design Your Own Skateparks

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How to Design Your Own Skateparks
Design your own skate park with the features you want. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Design your own skate park with all the ramps, pipes and ledges you could imagine and put your ideas for jumps and tricks into practice. Designing a skate park might seem challenging but it is a question of patience and co-ordination. Take your time to think of your overall goal of your skate park. Deciding on your park level will influence your design features. Sketch various ideas and angles of how you want your park to look and revise it until you have what you want.

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Things you need

  • Graph paper
  • Pencil
  • Black marker

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  1. 1

    Research skate parks online and in your area. Check the different types of materials used when building a skate park, this will influence your design. Examine the features the parks offer, the distances between fixtures, and where entrances and exits are located. Define the different types of levels of skate parks.

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    Plan the geometry of your skate park. Plan the size of your park and use graph paper to coordinate all of the features evenly.

  3. 3

    Sketch your first skate park plan. Draw the silhouette of the number eight. Create the top half of the eight larger and this will be the more advanced section of your skate park. Start by sketching a bird's-eye view of the park. Draw a sloped entrance in the smaller circular section. Draw two rectangular shapes apart from each other to create baby ramps. Draw an inner circle to create the ledge and ramps. Sketch the more advanced section of the park like a bowl with a 3-foot ramp in the centre of the park. Write 2 feet and an arrow next to your drawing to label the levels and heights of the features in your design.

  4. 4

    Design a different skate park. Draw a circle in the centre of your page to create a skate park bowl. Next to it draw a rectangle to highlight a half pipe and surrounding the half pipe draw three different types of ramps and ledges for practicing tricks. Draw a simple rectangle, a wiggled line ramp and three levelled steps Leave a lot of space in between each ramp so there is a flat space to skate.

  5. 5

    Create a simple starter skate park. Draw a rectangle. Divide the rectangle into four sections. In each section create a separate park within the park. In one section draw a curved bowl shape with edges diagonally sloped towards the ledge of the bowl. Outside of this section draw a flat surface with a staircase leading into an open plan of the skate park. Add a metal rail to the side of the staircase. In the empty sections draw simple ramps on either corner.

  6. 6

    Add details and arrows to your drawings. Colour in your park with flamboyant colours or subtle greys. Outline your park with a thin black marker and highlight all the features of each design.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep sketching your skate park designs and try drawing different designs. Once you have a selection draw your chosen park from different angles.

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