Choice of material
The choice of material for realizing a public skatepark has an aesthetic and functional value. In the history of skateboarding, the material properties and quality are decisive. For example, the choice of materials has a big influence on the amount of "pop" you can get out of a trick, the comfort of driving and the overall quality of the park.
Concrete has the basic feature that it is smooth and gives a lot of grip at the same time. This offers a great driving comfort, you can "slide" on it and it gives a lot of "pop" where you want to drop off or want to land as the most important property. Concrete is the perfect material for skating, and for creative building. Provided in a smart way, it's also good to use for modularly building. In addition, the material is also extremely suitable for use in different colors and color patterns.
Not a single material grinds as good as steel. Steel doesn't nearly wear-out and is extremely suitable to make the most creative forms.
Granite comes from the long history of "street skating" and can not be missed in a park. World famous spots such as Macba square in Barcelona and the Stalin square in Prague, have been decisive for the influence of granite for skating. In aesthetical ways, granite is a beautiful material, and contributes substantially to the "street" and "grind" feeling, but is more wear-sensitive than steel.
Out of history, parks are built in wood. It is relatively inexpensive and lends itself perfectly for an easy and quickly build, or to break it down again. Suits well for building quarters and other free forms. The comfort of riding is comparable to concrete and ensures a fine landing.
Brick applied as a wall, think of the "china wall", can contribute especially in an aesthetically way to the "street" feeling. We think it might be interesting to use brick constructively in the substructure of obstacles.
From a training point of view, plastic can be an interesting material. It's super hard and smooth, and it's durable.