Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Ask the P&Rxpert

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Ask the P&Rxpert

Article excerpt

Dear P&Rxpert:

The city of Norwich, Conn., has begun the process of designing a skateboard park. Our insurance will cover the sport, but I'm still concerned about injuries to participants and the severity of injuries. Are these legitimate concerns? Also, if you had the opportunity to go back and rethink the decision to build a skatepark, would you?

Luis DePina
Recreation Director
Norwich Recreation

Dear Luis:

Because there is an element of risk in the sport itself, even optimal conditions would not completely preclude accidental injury. Therefore, concern about injuries is legitimate. The skateboard area and ramps must be designed and constructed with a priority commitment to reducing the risk of injury to participants and spectators. It should give skaters a safe alternative to skating on the streets, sidewalks, and parking lots.

To reduce or minimize the severity of injuries, safety equipment must be worn at all times when using the facility. This equipment should include, but not be limited to, the following: appropriate skateboard in good working condition; helmet, knee, and elbow pads; gloves and wrist supports; and proper shoes. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.