Skatepark advocates finally have the tool they deserve.

5/15/07 – For years local skatepark advocates have had to rely on sheer enthusiasm to make up for their inexperience with the intricacies of local government. The public skateparks we enjoy today are the result of individuals who had the courage and perseverance to take up the cause and effectively deliver their message to City Hall, but few skatepark efforts have been successful without their advocates making mistakes along the way.

Most skatepark advocates had little idea what they were getting into when they embarked on their quest for a public skatepark, but they learned as they went — often the hard way — and until now their individual experiences were never collected into an anthology of best practices.

The Public Skatepark Development Guide is the tool skatepark advocates have long sought. A collaboration between Skaters For Public Skateparks, the International Association Of Skateboard Companies (IASC), and the Tony Hawk Foundation, it combines the resources and experience of three organizations that have been working individually to promote the creation of quality public skateparks. The Public Skatepark Development Guide provides skatepark advocates the tools and information they need to effectively campaign for a local skatepark, overcome the challenges they will likely face, and see the skatepark of their dreams built in their community.

The Public Skatepark Development Guide covers all of the primary steps in planning, fundraising, designing, and managing a public skatepark and includes ready-to-copy information sheets, templates, and other useful data. The book will also be supported by online supplemental material that will be updated to reflect current information.

Except for the cost of shipping and handling, the Public Skatepark Development Guide is available for free from the book’s Web site at . This is the most important new tool available to skatepark advocates, and those who arm themselves with this valuable information will be much better prepared to face City Hall than their predecessors were.

Today, with the combined experience of some of skateboarding’s most effective advocates available in one volume, there is no excuse for another bad skatepark. The Public Skatepark Development Guide offers every skatepark advocate the information they need to ensure their new skateparks are the best they could possibly be.

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