With the growing population of action sports & skateboarding in western Kansas there is still a lack of acceptable facilities for kids to go. Most skateparks in western Kansas are not up to the Skatepark Association of the United States's (SPAUSA) recommended standards.
Currently the Western Kansas Skatepark Committee is working to expand the skatepark in Hays, Ks. The park was build in 1996 and has seen no improvement over the last 18 years. The skatepark is frequented on a daily basis and yet has required minimal maintenance over the years.
Its also been very underrated as a high traffic facility. According to a survey done in 2012, the average person that visits the skate park in Hays spends anywhere from 7 to over 28 hours a week (every week of the year weather permitting) using the facility. The time each participant spends at the park rivals many popular ball sports. The skate park is a very high traffic facility.
Expanding into the attached hockey court would add 10,000 sq.ft and the addition of a bowl to the west would put the park closer to recommended standards.
When a city does not have a properly sized skatepark facility that is engaging to local youth, the city itself becomes the skatepark.
Baseball, soccer, football, basketball and playground facilities are always being modernized and maintained in Hays so kids don't have to play in the streets. With the lack of size and diversity of the Hays skatepark it is pushing kids to that very place. The possibility of getting hit by a car or harassed is extremely high.
The Western Kansas Skatepark Committee's goal is to educate the community on how important it is to have a facility for action sports that is modern, safe and meets the recommended standards for action sports & skateboarding as athletic pursuits. Your support is welcome and very much appreciated! Thank you :)