Skateparks are a completely different kind of activity area from a regular playground. As a result, what is inspected and how things are inspected in skateparks must also be completely different. Of course, there are some standard safety items that cross over from one park type to another.
Let’s take a look at some of the basic inspection points for a skatepark!
What To Inspect In A Skatepark
The following items are high-frequency inspection items for skateparks. Keep reading beyond the list for some additional details and information.
● Look for sharp edges or points that stick out on any skating surface or rails
● Transitions between surfaces should be flush with a 3mm to 5mm max difference
● Access paths, fences, and other walkways should be in good condition
● Surfaces should be damage-free, and clear of debris like leaves and rocks
● Rails should be clean, damage free, in good condition, and have end caps
● All screws and fasteners should be flush and not projecting out of surfaces
Inspecting Surfaces, Fences & Rails
The nature of a skatepark demands that a great amount of attention be paid to ensuring that the surfaces are clear of debris. Of course this means the main skate surfaces need to be checked weekly, if not daily, to prevent the buildup of items like leaves, sticks, rocks or stones, and other material. Surface damage to the skatepark like cracks or chips should be repaired as quickly as possible.
Last, fences and rails should always be inspected on a regular basis. Rails in the skating area for ‘“grinding” should always be tested to make sure they are firmly attached, free of rust, and that attachment hardware is both secure and doesn’t protrude in such a way as to pose a hazard.
Transitions Should Be Smooth
Skateparks completely rely on smooth surfaces. If a transition from a flat section to a ramp or curve has a large jump as part of the original construction it is possible for skateboard wheels to catch, causing a skater to fall and create a potential for injuries. Ideally, these transitions should have a gap of 3mm or less, and no greater than 5mm at the largest.
Other surfaces within the skatepark should be maintained as well, like walkways. Trip hazards like uneven paving is always a point of concern.
Use the Best Tools
Inspecting playgrounds, skateparks, and other facilities and amenities can be challenging if you are still using manual processes like paper records, or even spreadsheets. Consider using playground inspection software like Park Protector, from Playground Guardian, which automates a lot of the manual work involved in an inspection and makes record-keeping and tracking of items like work orders much easier.
Still Stuck On How To Inspect Your Skatepark?
Not every skatepark is the same, and the best way to know how to perform a proper inspection is to contact the team at Playground Guardian for a consultation with our CPSI certified team. We can train your team on how to perform the inspections, or we can perform routine inspections and maintenance of your skatepark for you. Contact us today!