Skateboarding has been a popular sport for decades, and skate parks have become a staple in many communities. These parks offer skateboarders a safe place to practice their skills, socialize with other skaters, and even compete in local events. In this article, we’ll explore some of the best skate parks across the United States.
1. Venice Beach Skate Park – Los Angeles, California
Located on the iconic Venice Beach Boardwalk, this skate park is one of the most famous spots for skateboarders worldwide. The park features concrete bowls and ramps that cater to all skill levels from beginner to professional skaters. With its prime location near the beach and boardwalk shops, it’s also an ideal spot for tourists to take in some breathtaking views while watching skaters do their tricks.
2. Burnside Skatepark – Portland, Oregon
Built by skateboarders themselves back in 1990 under a bridge overpass in Portland’s inner-east side neighborhood of Burnside; Burnside Skatepark is known as one of the first DIY (Do It Yourself) skateparks ever built. This park features multiple levels that provide challenges for experienced riders but still caters well to newbies trying out basic moves.
3. Kona Skatepark – Jacksonville, Florida
Kona Skate Park opened its doors back in 1977 making it one of the oldest skateparks still standing today. Located just outside Jacksonville city limits off I-95 South on Emerson Street; Kona boasts an impressive collection of mini-ramps & vert ramps along with unique set-ups like “The Tombstone”, “The Full Pipe” & “the snake run”. To keep things interesting they often host contests throughout the year attracting top pro-skaters from around the world.
4. Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park – San Jose, California
Lake Cunningham is home to Northern California’s largest public skate facility which includes three main sections: The Flow Bowl section which features a combination of snake runs, bowls and small transitions; The Street course section which includes an array of rails, ledges, stairs and banks; Last but not least is the Full Pipe – one of the few remaining full-pipe structures in any skatepark today.
5. McCarren Skatepark – Brooklyn, New York
Located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn alongside McCarren Park Pool this 35k square foot park opened back in 2010 after years of lobbying for a public skate facility. Designed by Steve Rodriguez & Andre Kohn with input from local skaters it’s become one of the most popular parks on the East Coast. Featuring multiple levels including hips, stairsets and even some pool coping this park has something for everyone.
6. FDR Skatepark – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Named after former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt: FDR Skatepark was built under Interstate-95 as part of Philly’s “skateboard mecca” that also includes Paine’s Park & Pop’s Spot among other DIY spots around town. Known for its massive concrete transition style features like overhanging vert walls and cradles this place isn’t for beginners and is often cited as a bucket list spot by pro-skaters worldwide.
7. OMF (Orlando Municipal Florida) Skatepark – Orlando Florida
OMF boasts over 40k sq feet featuring every type of terrain known to man from mini-ramps to mega ramps along with street-style courses that feature rails & ledges galore! With its prime location near downtown Orlando right off I-4 East exit ramp at Amelia Street; it makes it easy for locals or tourists alike to access all year round.
In conclusion, these are just some examples showcasing what each city has to offer skateboard enthusiasts across America when looking for their next adventure-filled day out on four wheels!