It’s time for a new Boulder skate park
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one of the first Front Range cities to get a skate park (built in 1999). The
park on 30th and Arapahoe has served us well, but compared with recently
built parks in Arvada, Loveland, Lafayette, and others, the Boulder skate
park is outdated and unsafe. With a new skate park, Boulder has an opportunity to integrate
skateboarding back into the community. Updated facilities will meet new
standards for all-ages fun, creative outdoor exercise, safety, and aesthetic.
The current Boulder skate park is outdated and unsafe for some users—relatively few parents and kids spend time at the current facilities:
- Not a good place for kids or less advanced riders—few smaller obstacles for learning and progression. Newer parks often provide separation between skill levels.
- Lacks “street style” obstacles, which have become much more popular in the last 10–20 years, especially for younger skateboarders.
- Not located/oriented for inclusion into the rest of the Boulder community. Nowhere for parents or others to sit and observe. New parks are being integrated into other public spaces.
- Isolation plus lack of supervision attracts vagrants, drug users, etc., making this an uncomfortable/dangerous place for kids, parents, or other spectators.
- Despite intermittent repairs, cracks, holes, and other concrete damages persist.
A new skate park will benefit skateboarders and the larger community:
- Provide a safe environment for kids to exercise and socialize. Skateboarding offers a unique blend of creativity, outdoor activity, and challenging progression in a non-team setting.
- Any participant can use the park 7 days a week, almost all year round (skateboarders regularly shovel snow from the current skate park).
- Skateboarding cuts across socio-economic groups, as well as generations, and includes both men and women. Skateboarding is typically tied to art and music scenes, often providing exposure to and a gateway for kids to pursue these.
- Skate parks typically show excellent participant usage for their footprints. The current Boulder skate park is often crowded.
New and improved facilities are in high demand—Boulder skateboarders are currently driving to use facilities in neighboring cities:
- Boulder skateboarders are currently driving out of Boulder to use other Front Range facilities (over 55% listed another city's skatepark as the facility they use most).
- Boulder youth skateboard programs usually shuttle kids to facilities in other cities.
- Over 600 people have signed up in support, ranging from 11 to 83 years old, and including over 150 parents or non-participants. Over 400 people signed up in less then two days.
Boulder skateboarding facilities are subpar compared to neighboring cities:
- Boulder offers first-class infrastructure and amenities for many other outdoor activities—e.g., bike park, dog parks, multi-use trails, etc.
- One of Arvada’s four skate parks is almost three times larger than the skate park in Boulder (see attached picture for comparison).
- New skate parks in Loveland, Golden, Leadville, Lafayette, among others, are also larger with better design. Fort Collins has four skate parks.
Your help is needed!
- Sign up in support: show the size and diversity of people who would appreciate new facilities.
- Fill out a quick survey.
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