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Developing new BMX and skate parks

Skate and bike facilities can provide a valuable outlet for young people. They are often too old or too young for more traditional facilities and do not always want to attend formal activities. These facilities allow young people to practise and develop their skills, socialise with their friends in a safe environment and keep fit.

Facilities can include a wide range of equipment, catering for skateboards, BMX, mountain bikes, in-line skating, roller boots, scooters and snakeboards.

Developing new facilities

We have put together a best practice guide – ‘Get Your Skates On’ on how to develop a new BMX or skate park. It is aimed in particular at parish and town councils, youth workers and community groups.

The guide covers all elements of developing skate and bike facilities, including:

  • Building a business case
  • Identifying sites
  • Consultation
  • Design and management issues
  • Fundraising
  • Insurance
  • Health and safety
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