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Episode 41: How It Happened: Texas and more with Carter Dennis

On this episode we chat with Carter Dennis. Carter’s influence on skatepark advocacy spans far beyond his city skatepark projects in San Antonio and Arlington. One of the founding directors of Skaters for Public Skateparks, he’s got stories to tell and wisdom to impart. Tune in to learn more about his experience and insights about skatepark advocacy. 

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Episode 39: How it’s Happening: Pensacola Florida with Jon Shell

On this episode we chat with Jon Shell from Pensacola Florida. Jon’s work with Upward Intuition led to the making of a world class skatepark project. Learn how he turned a passion project into civic action and what’s helped him stay the course toward his goal of bettering the community in more ways than one.

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Episode 38 – How It Happened: Detroit Michigan with Derrick Dykas

On this episode we chat with Derrick Dykas from Detroit Michigan. Derrick’s involvement with The Wig DIY skatepark evolved into supporting the local scene with Community Push before he was recruited by the City of Detroit to help create the new Riverside Skatepark (and beyond). From grassroots to grand opening, Derrick’s run the course. Listen and learn about a multifaceted scene in Detroit Michigan.

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Episode 37 – How It Happened: Skatepark of Baltimore with Stephanie Murdock

On this episode we chat with the legendary Stephanie Murdock from the Skatepark of Baltimore in Maryland. Learn how she inspired a skatepark project into being, and the trials and victories that came along with it. A truly impactful member of the skatepark advocacy community, this episode is not to be missed. 

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Episode 36 – How It Happened: Long Beach, CA with Mike Donelon

On this episode we chat with Mike Donelon from Long Beach, CA, as well as ASK Ambassadors Apinya Imon and Jose Poncho Aguilar. Mike created Action Sports Kids to serve the youth in Long Beach while advocating for proper public skate space in the area. A legend in the game, listen and learn the ropes of effective skatepark advocacy and youth programming.

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Episode 35 – How It Happened: Pine Ridge with Walt Pourier

On this episode we connect with Walt Pourier from Stronghold Society and hear the story of the Pine Ridge Skatepark. One of the more impactful and resonant skatepark projects in history, listen in to understand how this skatepark affected the Oglala Lakota tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation and the skateboarding world as a whole. 

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Episode 33 – Your Next Step

Pete and Alec are back for another season of The Skatepark Podcast! In this first episode they discuss the rhythm of advocacy and what your next step is, wherever you are in the process.

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Episode 31 – Designing for Safety

Pete and Alec discuss ways to de-danger your park. From the design itself to policy and fencing, learn to mitigate your risk and increase the probability of good, safe sessions and a longer skatepark lifespan.

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Episode 30 – Concrete VS Prefab

Learn why prefabricated skateparks are going the way of the Dodo and the distinct advantages of using concrete for your new skatepark. Pete and Alec dive into the differences between the types of “skatepark furniture” you may encounter while making your new skate-able oasis.

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Episode 29 – Frequently Asked Questions – Part 1

In this episode of The Skatepark Podcast, Pete and Alec discuss the most common questions they get regarding skatepark projects. Learn from those who wrote in looking for answers about skateparks, programming and more.

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Episode 27 – How It Happened: Ann Arbor, MI

It’s a gem of a skatepark you’ve probably seen before, but you didn’t see everything that went down behind the scenes. Learn from the person behind the park as our very own Trevor Staples tells us how it happened in Ann Arbor Michigan.

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Episode 26 – Beyond the deck

Pete and Alec dive into the (sometimes) fascinating world of what goes on beyond the deck of the skatepark. How does designing your landscape and entrances affect your session?

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Episode 25 – DIY

Pete and Alec do it themselves and discuss the proliferation of DIY skateparks. From pros and cons of a clandestine build to the unseen effects of non-traditional skatepark creation, learn all about this very unique corner of the skatepark world.

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Episode 23 – Fences

Pete and Alec discuss fencing and barriers around skateparks, what ramifications these separations have on the skatepark and our culture, and how to go about it in your neighborhood. 

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Episode 21 – How It Happened: Stoner Park

Hear the real story from the people behind the project. In the second installment of How It Happened, we get the inside scoop (from inside the building) about the famed Stoner Skate Plaza in Los Angeles, CA.

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Episode 19 – How It Happened: Boise, ID

Hear the real story from the people behind the project. In the first installment of How It Happened, we get the inside scoop from Paul Whitworth about Boise Idaho’s triumphant under-the-bridge skatepark.

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Episode 17 – Municipal Equation

In this episode of The Skatepark Podcast, join us as we talk with Ben Brown about the organization of cities as they relate to skateboarding and skateparks.

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Episode 16 – Retail Skateparks

In this episode of The Skatepark Podcast Pete and Alec discuss parks that aren’t public. Learn why they used to be necessary, why some still do it, and the risks and benefits of setting one up.

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