August 11, 2020
The UK’s first official design and development guidance for skateboarding has been released. The guidance intends to provide councils and communities with an overview of the UK skateboarding scene, the benefits of skateboarding, an overview of skatepark facilities, considerations for procurement and case study examples. Produced by Skateboard England and Skateboard GB in partnership with Sport England, and with the backing of Skateboard Scotland and Skateboard NI, this guidance is the UK’s first official guidance in this space.
The Skateparks Project has been working with councils since 2015. One of the most common questions we’re asked is around official guidance because councils rely on equivalent support and guidance for their other sports facilities. A lack of council-digestible guidance has contributed to the abundance of poor skatepark facilities in the UK and variance in approaches towards projects across the country.
The Skateparks Project was one of the stakeholders asked to contribute to the document, along with other interested parties from councils, suppliers and the skateboarding industry. We’re delighted that we now have an official deck that can be shared with councils, adding credibility that skateparks facilities are not playgrounds and that more investment into new and improved facilities is justified.
Click here for more information and to download the Skatepark Facilities Guide.