Constructing Communities and Building Lives
Over the last two decades, a veritable skatepark renaissance has been underway worldwide, with tens of thousands of skateparks offering skateboarders a huge variety of fantastical forms and exciting riding surfaces. Different users of skateparks have also emerged, whether from constructing, operating, riding or just hanging out at skateparks. Consequently, skateparks typically offer distinct social, cultural, health and even economic advantages, and often stretching far beyond the act of skateboarding. In this chapter I explore these aspects of skateboard culture, showing how skateparks themselves can create new forms of community, and also how social enterprises can use skateboarding and skateparks to enable social change at challenging locations worldwide.