Extreme sport for Wheelchair users
Why Should Skate Parks be Accessible?
Council Skate parks are generally free facilities used by skateboarders,
BMX and Scooter riders of all abilities and all ages. The intension being to discourage Riders from
using local footpaths and thoroughfares and instead use a safer, purpose built facilities designed by
experts in the field.
A Code of conduct is developed and set in place to reduce the risk of injury and
create a harmonious environment for Skateboarders, BMX, Scooter riders and alike where all users are given
'a fair go'
With the advancement of wheelchair sports such as wheelchair basketball and
wheelchair Rugby plus athletic achievements of the Paralympians having a positive impact upon
perception of Disability, people with disability cannot be excluded from using Skate
parks. Many people with disabilities exercise creativity with grit and determination, figuring out
ways to overcome barriers.
Young people with disabilities are being inspired by courageous Role models such as
Aaron Fotheringham (see video's below) www.aaronfotheringham.com the worlds best extreme wheelchair athlete who was
born with spina bifida and cannot walk (fly's instead)
For all the above reasons provisions should be made for Skate Parks to be accessible for
people with disabilities. Skate Parks should have an accessible path of travel from adjacent walkways
which are easily transversable for a wheelchair user, allowances for wheelchair entry on to the Skate
Park should be made especially at the design stage allowing people with disabilities the
chance to have 'a fair go' at the same time providing a safe as possible play
By John Bedwell Sydney Access Consultant for Obvius Access