Rules to Ride
Please exercise caution and follow all recommended guidelines. Failure to comply with all rules and regulations may prohibit your future use of the park. Your understanding and cooperation will benefit all users.
- Pursuant to Florida Statute, 316.0085, the City of Ocala designates this recreational space for use for skateboarding, in-line skating and freestyle bicycling only. No other recreational activity is permitted in this designated area.
- This is NOT a mountain bike or off-road bike facility and such uses are NOT permitted.
- No modifications to the riding surface or features are allowed.
- This is not a playground. No playing or sliding on any ramps.
Sunrise - 10 P.M.
HOW TO DETERMINE IF THE SKATEPARK IS OPEN
The skatepark may only be used when ALL of the following conditions are met:
- The gate is open
- It’s daylight (sunrise to sunset)
- The equipment and riding surface is dry
The skatepark should be considered closed if all three of these conditions are not met.
Violation of any of the posted rules or other rules for use of city parks may result in trespass or arrest.
Recommended Safety Equipment
The City of Ocala strongly urges all skaters, boarders, bikers and other participants to wear the following for their protection and to minimize injury.
- Protective Helmets
- Elbow Pads
- Wrist Pads
- Knee Pads
All parents/guardians should require their children to wear protective equipment when using the skatepark. Failure to wear protective equipment can and will expose users to bone fractures, concussion and other serious injuries as a result of falling or collisions with others.
Required Safety Equipment
All bicycle participants under the age of 16 must wear a helmet per State Law 316.2065 (D) F.S.
“A bicycle rider or passenger who is under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted and is fastened securely upon the passenger’s head by a strap and that meets the federal safety standard for bicycle helmets, final rule, 16 C.F.R. part 1203.”
FACILITY RECOMMENDATIONS & GUIDELINES
- Know your skill level and ability
- Be patient and wait for your turn on the equipment
- Be courteous to others
- Brush any dirt off bike tires before using shared facilities
- No cursing, yelling, fighting or obnoxious behavior
- Protect the site from vandalism and graffiti
- Put trash in its place
- Help us make this a smoke-free place by refraining from smoking
- Any assemblies, public demonstrations, solicitations, portable amusement devices, amplified sound and commercial operations require approval and permit by the Recreation and Parks Director
- The following activities are NOT permitted: Fireworks or firearms (unless in compliance with F.S. Ch 790), drugs or alcoholic beverages, off-road vehicles, harassing, feeding, taking or releasing animals
Children ages eight years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or another adult authorized to be responsible for the minor by the minor’s parent or legal guardian.
Use this facility at your own risk. This skatepark facility is unsupervised and users assume all risks inherent with the use of this facility. Use of this facility may result in serious injury or death. The City of Ocala is not liable for any accident or injury to persons on the property resulting from the use of the skate facility. This skatepark facility has been designed to provide users with a moderate challenge for recreational purposes and to help develop skills. It is not possible to design and build a skate/bike facility without hard surfaces. The same hard surfaces that challenge the user also pose a significant risk of injury or death if the user falls.
A History of the Skatepark
The city has been discussing the need for a skate park for well over a decade. In early 2012, staff conducted both a public survey and a community meeting to evaluate citizen interest and support for a public skate park. Those who participated overwhelmingly supported a public skate park.
A level-of-service evaluation, completed in 2014, indicated the City of Ocala needs one to three skate parks (depending on which standards are applied) just to meet city resident needs - not even factoring in non-city residents who will likely use the park.
Skateboarding is the second fastest growing sport, second only to snowboarding. It is more popular (among youth ages six to seventeen) than baseball. It is estimated there are 4,000 skateboarders in the City of Ocala and 22,000 in Marion County; generally 6.8% of the population using national averages. These statistics demonstrate a cultural shift in recreational pursuits.
Finally, after years of discussion, planning and budgeting, the City of Ocala constructed Ocala's first community skate park in Tuscawilla Park. Tuscawilla is ideally situated in downtown Ocala with easy access via automobile, foot, bicycle or public transportation.
On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, a large crowd of elected officials, CEP members, city employees, media, excited skaters and BMX bikers gathered to witness this is a moment they had all been waiting on – for years!
The weather could not have been more perfect for the Ocala Skate Park groundbreaking, where Councilman Matthew Wardell, Mayor Kent Guinn and the CEP’s Director of Business Retention Joe Reichel all took to the podium with enthusiasm and support of the new 10,000-square foot street course.
For over 30 years, Team Pain has been building skate parks all over the world and, in January of 2019, the award-winning company added Ocala, Florida to their list.
The $410,000 street course is just the first phase of the larger plan which includes a snake run, larger bowl, lighting, pavilion and other necessary amenities. Recreation and Parks Director Kathy Crile expects the community will continue their fundraising efforts to make completing all phases possible and timely.
Individual and corporate level donations are critical in continuing these efforts and can be made through Flipcause.
For more information about the Ocala Skatepark, please call 352.368.5517, Mondays - Fridays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.