1. WHERE IS KNAPP PARK DITCH LOCATED?
The ditch is located at Knapp Ranch Park 25000 Kittridge St. West Hills, CA 91307. The ditch itself runs the length of the park (south side of park) on the back side of the park along the hillside.
2. DO YOU NEED TO WEAR A HELMET AND KNEE PADS?
Knapp Park Ditch is a Skateboard at your own risk type of environment but, not a bad Idea to wear some protective gear when skateboarding.
3. SKATE-PARKS REDUCE ILLICIT BEHAVIOR
The myth surrounding skate-parks is that they are a breeding ground for crime and other illicit activities. While there will be an occasional “bad seed”, providing designated spaces for positive activities is the best way to curb unlawful behavior among youth. When youth having nothing to do or nowhere to go – that is when they cause trouble.
“It’s no secret that children who are involved in team sports don’t have the time to get into trouble, but it turns out you don’t have to be dragging them to the soccer field or baseball diamond. Activities you might not expect — like skateboarding — might be just what teens and adolescents need. Research out of the University of North Carolina found that skateboarding is among the activities that might help keep children out of trouble.
“I think that is a group we see as being a little more on the risky side, but instead of being on the risky side, they were actually protected from those behaviors,” said Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen, a researcher.”
Source: NBC Philadelphia “Keeping Active Best Way To Keep Kids Out Of Trouble” April 3, 2006
4. SKATE-PARKS PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR SKATEBOARDING
The majority of skateboarding injuries happen outside skate-parks. The most common injuries are falls due to surface irregularities and collisions with motor vehicles or pedestrians.
Skateboarding is going to happen whether skate-parks exist or not, so the best way to keep youth safe is to provide them access to safe, designated spaces to pursue their activity. If a city doesn't provide a skate-park the city becomes the skate-park.