From Community to Completion: Why Skater Made Matters
Skateboarding, as a whole, is a young movement, and the skatepark movement is even younger. There’s no instruction manual, no path of formal training to become a quality skatepark builder. The evolution of the modern skatepark, from the logistics, all the way through to design and fabrication, has been guided by those who not only build, but ride. With Hunger Skateparks, from concept to community resource, your project will enjoy the benefits that come from a professional staff with deep roots in the skateboarding community you seek to serve, benefits that extend beyond the simple construction and completion of your facility.
A Connection to the Community
At Hunger, we are not only versed in the technical aspects of fabricating a park, but deeply invested in connecting with the end users of your facility: the skaters. For our staff, this connection and building from a community focus, comes from years of personal and on-the job experience. We understand skateboarding, and we understand skateboarders. We understand how to mediate their needs with the realities of budgets, spatial concerns, and diverse demands, and we understand when to listen. At Hunger, we know these things, because, at one time or another we were those kids, daydreaming about the perfect place to skate, and sitting patiently at council meetings, waiting to have our say. Before a single slab of concrete is poured, it is the connection to the community that can make or break a skatepark project. A skater owned firm like Hunger has all the groundwork for that connection already in place.
Designed to Ride
Unlike other recreational constructions like tennis courts or baseball diamonds, skate parks do not have standardized specs. There are no “official” sizes and parameters. Designing a good skatepark is more like creating a great playground. Creativity and individuality must be balanced with the basic needs of all skateboarders. The challenges that will satisfy experienced riders have to work alongside stepping stones for beginners, and it all has to exist in a limited space. The best way to design a park is from the “inside out”. You don’t just have to visualize the final product, you need to visualize riding that product: how it flows, how everything connects. This sort of sensibility can only come from years of skateboarding. Designers like Hunger don’t want to just build your park, they want to ride it. They know how important each park will be to each community. Once again, there’s no better way to hook up the needs of your end-user constituents with the realities of the finished project.
Skater Built to Skateboarding Specifications
A concrete tennis court or sidewalk and a concrete skatepark may share the same basic materials, but the demands put upon those materials are vastly different. With their need to sculpt concrete into curves and angles, the skill set of a good skatepark builder veers into the skill set of an artist. Decades of laying sidewalks, driveways, and building foundations do not necessarily translate into the sculptural sensibilities required to bring a first rate skatepark into existence. As builders and designers, Hunger’s staff has trained with the best skateparkbuilders. We not only see with our eyes what makes a great park, but we have felt it with our wheels. We’ve also seen what happens when parks are not built to a standard that can withstand the rigors of modern skateboarders. We can avoid the problems before they even exist.
Even the best plans often need to be altered when confronted with the realities of construction. With skaters not only designing, but building your park, your project has the advantage of trained, experienced eyes at every stage; builders that can not only gauge the realities of a build against the specifications of plans, but also adapt quickly to facilitate the creation of the absolute best park possible. From concept to completion, an experienced, skater-owned skatepark firm like Hunger can offer significant advantages, advantages you can’t get any other way.
The early years of the public skatepark phenomenon were characterized by trial and error; builders, municipalities, and even the skaters themselves were all, in many ways, making things up as they went along. Specialty builders were rare, and the skaters themselves were so desperate for public parks, any public park, that rushed, poorly designed, underfunded, or just plain substandard parks were common. A lot of them are still out there today: frustratingly underused investments of public money and skaters’ hopes. But rehabilitating these parks is often easier than it might seem. A few rails in the right place, the addition of two or three obstacles, can all transform a poorly designed park into a more-user friendly and more functional facility. With a few tweaks, the whole context of existing structures can be changed: Ramps and elements that were once impediments can become interesting accents in a revamped experience. If you have a park that is underused, under built, or badly designed, Hunger can find solutions that fit your requirements and bring new life to a dormant park. Solutions much more economically feasible than starting over from scratch.