DIY Skateparks

Skateboarding has always been about making the best of your surroundings. But with a lack of possibilities or none at all, a lot of skaters took matters in their own hands and decided to build or modify their surroundings: the first DIY skateparks and spots were born. This branch in skateboarding originated back in the early 80s, when there were barely any skateparks, a lot of skateboarders decided to build their own obstacles simply in their garden.

But because a lot of skaters started skating more and more on the streets, new spots were discovered. Infrastructure built in a certain matter that they were almost ‘natural’ built skateparks. These spots were extremely fit for skateboarding and ultimately were also adjusted by the skaters, to improve them even more.

Eventually this mentality expanded more and more, where there at first was just a smal ramp built against a wall, soon expanded to a whole skatepark. Previous abandoned or isolated locations started to grow into an oasis for skateboarders, as more and more DIY skateparks started to pop up. Perhaps one of the most well known examples is the American Burnside Skateparks, located somewhere in Portland, Oregon under a bridge, which has expanded exponentially over the past 25 years or so.

We as Nine Yards Skateparks can really identify with the DIY mentality, like many other skatepark builders we started this way with our journey. Just head out with a couple of friends and start building, share information with each other and try making the scene better.   

Nowadays a lot of brand are pushing the DIY scene again, brands like Redbull are pushing young skaters by hosting competitions surrounding the design of obstacles, spots and sometimes even whole skateparks. We find the fact that big companies are supporting such a niche branch of skateboarding very important. Because if no one is going to build it, why not build it with your friends?

Perhaps the term: ‘Do It Together’ is a better term as well, in the end we all skate, build and party together anyway.