Skatepark Safety and Etiquette For Beginners
SKATE PARK SAFETY & ETIQUETTE
Skatepark Safety is the number one priority at Heritage Skatepark. Like any sport, Skateboarding carries a risk of injury, and that is why we ask all participants to read these tips, and take the appropriate safety precautions at all times!
By following these basic tips, you’ll have a much better chance of staying safe at the park.
RIDE SAFE TIPS
Everyone has the responsibility to RIDE SAFE in the park – look out for yourselves and your friends so everyone can have fun.
1. WEAR YOUR HELMET.
Whenever you are riding – you must have your helmet on. Helmets should be firm fitting, and sit just above your eyebrows – with the strap secured under your chin. We also recommend you wear other appropriate safety gear – knee pads, elbow pads, mouth guard, wrist guards, ankle braces and gloves.
2. LOOK BEFORE YOU RIDE.
It’s like a road, but with more options – just like you don’t cross a road without looking, you shouldn’t start riding without looking left to right, front to back first.
3. TAKE SHORT TURNS & RETURN TO YOUR STARTING POINT.
Short turns make sure everyone gets a go and helps other riders keep track of where you are in the park. Riding predictably by returning to where you started from also helps everyone know when you’ve finished your run.
4. DO NOT SIT ON THE RIDING STRUCTURES, BOXES OR RAMPS.
Sitting on the structures, boxes and ramps can get in the way of other riders in the park. Always hang back on the perimeters when you are not riding to give other skateboarders plenty of room. Make sure you are visible – sitting at the bottom of ramps, or stopping anywhere between ramps is VERY DANGEROUS as others can’t see you.
5. THIS IS A SKATEPARK – NOT A PLAYGROUND.
You need to stay on your skateboard at all times. Don’t leave your board unattended around the park, the ramps are NOT slippery slides, and the park is not a running track.
6. RIDE TO YOUR ABILITY.
It’s not a race or a competition. Ride within your limits and progress at your own pace, as you feel comfortable. Most injuries occur when you try to rush something or learn something that is a bit beyond your current level.
Remember – Everyone has the same rights to use the park. Respect all the users, and you’ll get the same in return!
If you have any questions about Safety, please ask our Staff.
If you see someone get hurt or needing help, or, if you see any damage to ramps, REPORT IT TO STAFF IMMEDIATELY.
Please note that Heritage Skatepark is NOT fully supervised. We always have staff at the front counter ready to assist you.