The Best Skateparks in the US
Birthplace of skateboarding. Home to some of the greatest legends of all time. There are tons of reasons to skate the 50 states, but whatever it is, knowing where to stop is key. Whether you’re an American checking out the local area or you’re an international visitor hoping to see some of the most iconic spots in skateboarding history — there are a few major parks that you have to hit in the United States.
Burnside Skate Park (Portland, OR)
Burnside is considered one of the most iconic in the country — not necessarily for its elements but for its history. Built in 1990, Burnside was created by a group of skaters who simply wanted a place to skate. With their shovels and bags of cement, they put together a park that has since become famous for the rebellious past that it represents.
David Armstrong Extreme Park (Louisville, KY)
If you don’t go for the 24-foot full pipe, go for the 24-hour open time and no-cost entry. This Midwest gem has made quite a name for itself, even being featured in some of Tony Hawk’s video games. This outdoor public skatepark is 40,000 square feet of concrete heaven.
Lincoln City Skate Park (Lincoln City, OR)
Even if you’ve already skated this park, you need to go back and check it out. Almost every year, the guys at Dreamland revamp it with new upgrades and changes, making it one of the coolest places to skate for both locals and out-of-towners alike.
Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park (San Jose, CA)
In pop culture, this park is more commonly recognized as the location of the 2009 Aero Bubbles chocolate bar commercial with Bob Burnquist. The real reason you should go? It has a massive selection of bowls to try out and both the largest full pipe and largest vert wall in the world.
Venice Beach Skatepark (Venice Beach, CA)
If iconic is what you’re looking for, there couldn’t be a better spot than Venice Beach skatepark. Located right on the beach and surrounded by palm trees, this park’s not only the pinnacle of California skate culture — it’s also the old school stomping grounds of Jay Adams and Tony Alva.
Credits: Photo by SkateOregon and Miles Gehm on Flickr
- Outdoors Staff