Guide to building a skatepark

Skateboarders vs. BMX riders

It’s not really a case of one type of user versus another, but when designing a park it is of utmost importance to consider both BMX riders and skateboarders, and also inline skaters.

A typical ‘street’ course with flat banks, grindboxes and a rail. great for both skating and BMX.

Skateboarders generally tend to prefer street courses – flat banks, grind boxes and grind rails – this is partly because skateboards are better suited to these obstacles. While BMX riders also enjoy using the same facilities as skateboarders, a lot of BMX riders will also enjoy riding jumpboxes, volcanoes, quarterpipes and mini halfpipes, as well as wallrides, transitioned hips, bowls and sub-boxes. More experienced skateboarders can ride these things, but it is rare to see them venturing off courses designed to suit them. Many BMX riders actually prefer to ride courses that are designed to suit skateboarders. Inline skaters generally tend to enjoy average-sized transitioned ramps (around 5 feet) and grind boxes – their preferences are usually somewhere inbetween those of BMX riders and skateboarders.

To put it simply, BMX riders enjoy riding almost anything, providing that it’s big enough to accomodate their wheels. Inline skaters tend to enjoy most facilities. Skateboarders are more limited in what they can ride. A course designed with skateboarders in mind will be enjoyed by both skateboarders and BMX riders, and also inline skaters. So when designing the park, it is very important to give slightly more consideration to skateboarders than to BMX riders – this will usually please all types of user.

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