Skatepark Sizes

The size of the park dictates approximately how many people can use it at one time. The size can also serve as a shorthand way of describing its value to the region; a smaller skatepark is generally for serving a surrounding neighborhood while a larger skatepark might intentionally draw skaters from nearby counties.

In the United States skateparks are measured as square feet. To determine the square-footage of an area, simply multiply its width by its height.

One foot = .092 meter, so a 10,000 square foot skatepark equals 920 square meters.

Size Typology

Skate spots are very small skateparks. They are usually around 3,000 square feet or smaller and contain only one distinct structure. The small size makes skate spots appropriate as additional support facilities to larger skateparks. About 5 skaters can use a skate spot simultaneously. Skate spots should never be used instead of a skatepark; they work best when they need to augment the service of a neighborhood skatepark.

Neighborhood skateparks are the most common size and will serve a whole area of town. Neighborhood skateparks are commonly between 8,000 to 12,000 square feet. Due to their size they can feature several types of terrain, (i.e., some street, some transition). About 70 skaters can use a neighborhood skatepark at the same time. A single neighborhood skatepark can serve between 25,000 to 40,000 residents.

Regional skateparks are the largest facilities and attract skaters from a wide area. Many regional skateparks are tourist destinations, and most can easily accommodate large numbers of skaters and onlookers, and are suitable for contests and events. Regional skateparks are typically 20,000 square feet or larger. Site amenities at regional skateparks sometimes include lights, restrooms, bleacher seating, ample parking, and even on-site concessions. A regional skatepark can accommodate 100 visitors or more.

When a town or city is large enough to require more than a single neighborhood skatepark, different sizes can be designed to address specific community needs.