With national health issues looming for today’s youth, it’s time to offer a greater number of healthy, athletic choices.
Skateboarding has millions of participants nationally and it’s still growing while more traditional sports are in decline. There are currently abundant facilities for these other sports.
The skatepark can be an attraction for family vacations.
The skatepark can be a place to go after school.
Neighborhood skateparks allow for younger skaters to recreate safely close to home. (Information taken from the Public Skatepark Development Guide)
Why a Skatepark?
Due to the growing population of skateboarders, safety concerns,and the need for positive healthy activities
for our youth.
• Creates a top quality regional attraction
• Strengthens community image and creates a sense of place
• Contributes to the health and physical well-being of the community
• Provides positive youth development in a safe, secure environment
• Develops new community partnerships
Each year in the U.S., skateboarding injuries cause about 50,000 visits to emergency departments and 1,500 children and adolescents to be hospitalized (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2002). According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 242,000 injuries were treated in hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and hospital emergency rooms in 2003.
Sprains, fractures, contusions and abrasions are the most frequent injuries. The majority of reported injuries were of the extremities. Among these, wrist and ankle fractures are the most common and followed by head injuries. Most hospitalizations involve head injury.
Sixty percent of skateboard injuries involve children under age 15, and skateboarders who have been skating for less than a week suffer one-third of the injuries. (Information taken from the Public Skatepark Development Guide)