A Skate Community exists In Miami
Throughout the recent history of skateboarding, there has been a significant increase in the amount of people who take it up as their hobby. Skate communities throughout the United States have been forming primarily over the past three decades. This can most likely be attributed to the rise of the internet. Prior to its existence, there was no way for people to learn tricks or test their limits without learning from another person who they knew. Now, skaters use YouTube and Google to search up tricks that they want to learn and how to do them. Skateboarding tricks have become much harder and yet proportionally, they have become easier to learn. Although the community is booming, the amount of parks has stayed the same, and in many places there aren’t enough. This can prevent new people from taking up skatboarding and unfortunately it seems to be a problem in the city of Miami. Although there are many spots and flats to skate in Miami, there aren’t that many parks. Often times, street skating proves to be too difficult for new skaters, dissuading them from even trying to improve. Most skate parks in Miami have shut down over recent years and have been replaced. One example of this was in Peacock Park, where the biggest skate park in Miami was replaced by a restaurant. Other parks like Lot 11, a flat spot under the highway, are not technically considered to be parks and therefore are illegal to skate in. This is primarily due to the cost of the upkeep and construction of skate parks. To add to it, there are no local skate shops in all of Miami because there is no established market for skateboarding. The only place to where people are able to buy skateboards is online, fearing that chains like Zumies will eventually beat out all local skate shops. The hope is that one day, there will be enough parks to consider Miami a skateboard city.