The Facts

Arlington, Texas Needs a Free, Public Skatepark

Here’s Why:

Skateparks Provide Safety

In 2006, 42 skateboarders were killed while skateboarding. Out of the 42 deaths, 40 occurred outside of skateparks. 17% of these deaths occurred in Texas, a state with only 8% of the U.S. population. As long as the popularity of skateboarding increases and communities fail to provide the resources to allow for alternative sporting activities, it is inevitable that these numbers will continue to rise.

Skateboarding is a Legitimate Sport

The sport began in the 1950s and has maintained and grown in its popularity for more than 60 years. With an estimated 20 million skateboarders in the U.S., skateboarding has been the fastest growing sport for the last 10 years. Skateboarding is a mainstream sport that for years has attracted big name sponsors and draws huge crowds to professionally produced events, including the Boom Boom HuckJam and X-Games.

Skateboarding also:

  • Promotes physical fitness and self-esteem
  • Ideal for those who prefer individual sports
  • Increases socialization for those that don’t have another outlet
  • Inexpensive to become involved in
  • Contrary to popular belief, boasts a low injury rate