Loudoun County Statistics

The numbers you need to know!

  • 295,415 : total Loudoun County population in 2008

  • 85,670 : total youth population (5-24 years old)

  • 13,707 : total skateboarder population (5-24 years old)

  • 96,000 sqft. : approximate amount of terrain needed for 13,707 skaters
    The result above were calculated from Public Skatepark Development Guide tools.

From our 2008 Skater Survey

  • 67% (9,184) skate mostly in shopping plazas, business buildings and public parks (illegal areas)
  • 15% (2,056) skate mostly in the street or in a driveway
    These high number of skaters in the results above are due to the lack of skate parks currently available.
  • 18% (2,467) skate mostly in skate parks
  • 64% (8,772) skate everyday of the week
  • 92% (12,610) said they are told to leave public property at least twice a week
  • 31% (4,249) said at least 5 times a week
  • 89% (12,199) said they would stop going to illegal skate areas, if legal skate areas were built
Popular Skate Myths
Brought to you by Skaters for Public Skateparks
Skaters are a small percentage of our athletic community

Skateboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. and has surpassed baseball and football as the healthy activity of choice.

There are about 13-million skateboarders in the U.S. with a 10% annual increase in participation during the previous 3 years.

Skateboarding is here to stay.

Related fact: Skateboarding enjoyed a 14.4% growth between 1987 and 2001 while baseball and football are in decline, with -24.5% and -17.8% respectively.
Source: Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) Sports Participation Topline Report, 2002.

Related fact: Skateboarding participation is second only to snowboarding in terms of growth percentage.
Source: National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) annual survey on sporting good sales and participation.

Skateparks are loud

Skateparks are not loud.

A properly constructed concrete skatepark generates about as much sound as a conversation between two people. Wooden parks are slightly louder but still much less than ordinary automobile traffic.

Related fact: A recent study of noise generated at skateparks showed that a typical concrete skatepark generated about 52 decibels of ambient sound at its center. This is greatly reduced by distance and standard noise abatement procedures.
An average conversation is around 59-63 decibels.
Source: Paul Van Orden, City of Portland, Oregon Office of Planning and Development Review; Noise Control Office

Skateparks attract delinquents

Any public park can attract unsavory elements, but skateparks often deter disruptive behavior and vagrancy because skaters populate the park. Parks that are remote, secluded or seldom used by the community are the ones that get abused. Without a skatepark in the vicinity, skaters are forced into the streets.

Skateparks are expensive

A world-class concrete skatepark averages $40/square foot. Even at full capacity all day, all year, a properly built park wont show signs of overuse. Compared to the relatively limited use of a tennis court or baseball field, its an efficient and popular use of public park funding. Long-term maintenance expense for a concrete skatepark is minimal. Garbage and general inspection requires only about a half hour a day and can easily be offset by volunteer programs concession sales or vending machines.

Related fact: Routine maintenance of concrete skateparks requires approximately less than an hour a day.

Source: Rod Wojtanik, project manager/landscape architect for Portland, Oregons Parks and Recreations department.

Concrete skateparks are more expensive than wooden skate obstacles

The immediate cost of a concrete park is generally 20% more than wooden or steel skate obstacles. However, the maintenance and inspection costs of skate obstacles (loosening of structures, wear and deterioration, etc.) make concrete the long-term preferred choice of city planners and skateboarders.

Related fact: 80% of skateboarders preferred skating on concrete over other materials.

Source: Rod Wojtanik, project manager/landscape architect for Portland, Oregons Parks and Recreations department.

Skateboarding is dangerous

Among the most popular sports, skateboarding is relatively safe. Safety studies show that skateboarding-related injuries fall well below other sports-related injuries.

Sporting Injuries Comparison Graph

Related fact: When compared to other sports like basketball and football, skateboarding is relatively safe. One-third of all skateboarding injuries are suffered by those with less than a week of skateboarding experience. As with any athletic activity, nobody should skate beyond their ability.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2001.

There are already skateparks nearby

Many communities continue to ignore the need for a safe, accessible place that skaters of all ages can reach. Though older, mobile skateboarders often travel to their favorite parks, younger skaters are frequently limited to whatever is nearby. Is there a skatepark in your community? If not, your community is a skatepark.