Skateboarding on the street can be dangerous and at times, illegal. So stay safe (and have some fun) by taking your skateboarding to a designated skate park. Not only is the terrain more apt for your 4-wheeled ride, but communities are building skate parks with more amenities these days than ever before. I’ve rounded up five incredible skate parks that take skateboarding to the next level. Many of them offer free admission and flexible hours so there’s no reason to waste the end of summer on solid ground!
SMP Skate Park in Shanghai, China
Fabricated from locally sourced granite and stone, the SMP Skate Park is China’s largest and most notable skate spot. The SMP Skate park was originally commissioned for $25 million and later on became the home of the Showdown, an international skateboarding competition.
David Armstrong Extreme Park in Louisville, Kentucky
The David Armstrong Extreme Skate Park is located centrally in downtown Louisville and boasts 40,000 square feet of concrete playground. While most skate parks close at dusk, the David Armstrong Extreme Park never closes and can be skated 24 hours a day.
Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park in San Jose, California
The Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park was created by the California Skate Parks design firm and cost around $6.4 million to build. A must-visit for all dedicated California skaters, Lake Cunningham is about double the size of the average skate park with their most well-known feature being a 70-foot long full pipe, the largest in the world! Now that, you’ve got to try.
Black Pearl Skate Park in Grand Harbour, Cayman Islands
Often touted as the largest outdoor skate park, the Black Pearl is one skate spot we definitely wouldn’t miss! Within 62,000 square feet, the Black Pearl features skating challenges for three levels of difficulty (beginner, intermediate, and expert) as well as on-site supervision, safety gear rentals and a wave pool.
Southbank Undercroft Centre in Southbank, London
Rising in popularity in the early 1970’s, Southbank Undercroft is the only skate spot on this list that is not technically a skate park, but a community space dedicated to street culture and art. However, thanks to the success of the Long Live Southbank grassroots campaign in 2014 to prevent retail units from taking over the space, this little skate spot safeguarded its place within the London underground scene.
Did we miss any noteworthy skate parks? Let us know in the comments below!