Date

6-2011

Degree Name

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

Department

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department

Advisor(s)

Marni Goldenberg

Abstract

Skateboarding began in California over 50 years ago and has grown internationally. The purpose of this study was to assess the behavior of park visitors at Los Osos Skate Park. This park was fully supervised and this study can serve as a tool for park management. The researcher observed the skate park during operating hours throughout April 2011. The subjects of this study were park visitors actively skateboarding, or passively watching. The dominant demographic for skateboarders were adolescent males. This study found peak times were weekdays afterschool, adult park visitors display the most positive behavior, and middle school park visitors display the most negative behavior. This study also found that a supervised skate park may deter illegal behavior throughout park grounds. However, this study recommends that more observations be conducted both during and after operating hours, and the researcher should be unknown, all to ensure the most accurate observations.

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