Selecting a suitable skateboarding site

When selecting a site the following should be considered:

  • Before anything else consult: neighbours and potential users
  • The area should be clearly separated (by barriers, fencing etc.) from any traditional play equipment
  • It should be of sufficient size for the facility and any associated landscaping
  • It should be easily accessible to users by bicycle, foot, and public transport (if there is any)
  • It should be separated from adjacent housing or a buffer zone provided to reduce problems of noise. (Consult supplier on this). Noise levels at surrounding properties should not exceed 55 decibels.
  • It should not be near trees (leaves of the surface can be hazardous)
  • It should clearly be identified as "their space" for users. Adjacent seating is recommended and ideally there should be toilets nearby.
  • It is essential that there is good access for emergency vehicles.
  • You may need suitable road signage and possibly crossing facilities
  • Hard surface access is desirable
  • Try to orientate the equipment so that users are not dazzled by low sun in the spring and autumn
  • If lighting is provided there should be some control on timing to prevent a nuisance to local residents.

Users should be encouraged to police and help train new users, discourage irresponsible users, and inappropriate use or vandalism.

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Playsafety Ltd *
+44 (0)1793 317470
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Unit 78, Shrivenham Hundred Business Park, Watchfield, Swindon, SN6 8TY
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* RoSPA’s activities in the area of play safety are carried out under an exclusive licence arrangement by an independent and highly experienced specialist company, “Playsafety Ltd” which trades under such licence as “RoSPA Play Safety”.