Q: What is the best product line?
A: Because we offer every build method, we don’t push one over the other. We will present you with all of your options and work with you to determine the best build method for your community. However, it is noteworthy that most municipalities prefer the Pro Series and the Solo Series product lines because of their long warranty and reduced maintenance.
Q: How much do you charge for your design services?
A: We offer our design services at no charge. Because we are the largest skatepark builder in the world we are able to extend these services at no cost to our clients, saving them design fees, and allowing them to get more skatepark for their budget. Simply give us a call and one of our skatepark specialists will be happy to meet with you and your local riders to begin working on a custom skatepark layout designed specifically for your community.
Q: Does having a skatepark increase our city’s liability exposure?
A: Skateparks offer less liability exposure than many other common forms of recreation. Most government entities are protected from liability claims provided they are not deemed grossly negligent. As long as you choose to work with an experienced skatepark builder that has proper insurance coverages in place, liability should not be an issue.
Q: What insurance does ARC carry and why?
A: $10M in product and $1M professional liability insurance. Product liability covers claims that may stem from a product failure. Professional liability covers claims caused by professional negligence such as designing a park that is unsafe. It is crucial that any skatepark company you work with have both of these coverages in place with adequate limits to cover their products, themselves, and their customers.
Q: Should we use concrete or asphalt for our pad?
A: It depends on the situation. The pad is merely a means to what the skaters really want—ramps. Our first recommendation is locate an existing pad such as an unused basketball or tennis court. If an existing site can be used, all of the money that would have gone to a pad can go towards more equipment. If a new pad must be poured, concrete is preferable as long as the cost of pouring concrete does not consume so much of the budget that the skatepark ends up looking like a skate pad. In this case, asphalt can be much more economical and allow more budget for ramps and skate elements.
Q: Do you offer concrete specifications that we should use for our skatepark pad?
A: We can provide general concrete pad specifications for your skatepark. Depending on your site and region there could be some specific considerations that you should discuss with your local concrete contractor or engineer.
Q: Can ARC help with grants/fundraising?
A: American Ramp Company offers its own skatepark equipment grant and can provide assistance in securing additional grants. Contact a skatepark specialist for details. ARC also matches the Tony Hawk Grant dollar for dollar in additional equipment.
Q: Do you have local representation?
A: Yes, our factory skatepark specialists can meet with your community anytime. We are always visiting our existing skateparks and meeting with new customers to talk about upcoming projects. Doing business factory direct means better service, more knowledgeable staff, and no 20-30% mark up associated with buying from a third party. Call one of our skatepark specialists and set up a meeting—we would love to discuss your project.
Q: Skateboards only or BMX too?
A: All of our product lines are engineered for skateboards, inline skates, and BMX bikes.
Q: How much does a skatepark cost?
A: We build custom skateparks to meet any budget. From small skate spots to world class competition style parks, we can design and build anything our customers can imagine. For ideas, check out the sample designs in this catalog or on our website.www.americanrampcompany.com
Q: How does a steel skatepark compare with a pour-in-place concrete skatepark?
A: Both construction methods are going to last a long time. Here are a few things you should consider. 1) Neither poured-in-place concrete or steel is maintenance free. 2) The cost of a concrete skatepark is going to be many times more than steel. Often you can get a complete steel park installed for the same amount that a concrete design alone could cost. 3) We have visited many parks that local concrete contractors or cities have built and have seen wavy transitions, misplaced coping, and incorrect radii. If you go with a concrete park, you must go with a professional skatepark builder who has professional liability insurance and require a performance bond. 4) Concrete parks cannot be modified or moved if the need ever arises. 5) With an all steel park you can get a more versatile park, more equipment, at a lower cost and still avoid maintenance issues common with other materials.
Q: Isn’t a steel riding surface slick?
A: No. Steel would be slippery if it were painted with a standard paint. However, we use a custom MaxGrip™ TGIC polyester powder coat on all our riding surfaces to give them perfect traction, even when the ramps are wet.
Q: Isn't steel too loud as a riding surface?
A: Whether the riding surface is all steel or Skatelite Pro™, all approach plates (metal areas that join the ramps to the ground) are made of steel and this is where most of the noise is generated. Furthermore, if you desire the maintenance free benefits of a steel surface and sound is a major issue, we can add a sound dampening material to our Pro Series or you can go with our X-Series with a steel riding surface. Though the steel is not nearly as loud as many would expect, it is important to note that the quietest option of all is the Solo concrete ramps.
Q: Why should we go with American Ramp Company?
A: We regularly get calls from people who tell us how refreshing it is to find a company so in tune with skateboarding, inline, and BMX trends and whose designs and construction reflect their experience. We believe it is our product knowledge, consistent quality, competitive pricing, and dedication to customer service that has made ARC the world's largest skatepark provider.