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Shred Central: Estimating the user benefits associated with large public skateparks

by Thomas Kemp a,* orcid
Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI, US
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Received: 3 February 2024 / Accepted: 6 April 2024 / Published Online: 7 May 2024


Skateparks, often called 'wheel parks,' are becoming increasingly common within communities worldwide. Despite this growth in parks, estimates show that the development of parks needs to catch up to users. Using a count data travel cost model, we estimate the adult user benefits associated with the Lauridsen Skatepark in Des Moines, Iowa – the largest in the United States. We estimate adult user benefits to be $61 per user per day and roughly $488,000 annually. This work contributes to the literature by being the first study to use econometric techniques to estimate skatepark user benefits. Second, we develop a simple and easy-to-apply method to assist municipalities in determining community skatepark needs. Third, our results support the literature showing that skateboarders are increasingly diverse.

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