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Outdoor or Indoor Skate Parks: Which Are Best?

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


Before skate parks existed it was necessary to sneak in to private places hide from security and risk to get arrested. The skate spots were worth it. Now that skateboarding culture is bigger than ever, the only question remaining is which are the best places to skate, indoor or outdoor parks? Actually that’s up you, but we can tell you the difference with each of them and the information you need to make your choice.

It is possible the first thing coming to your mind when you think about skate parks is one outside. And that isn't shocking because the first skate parks made were outside, a simple reason for that is because skateboarding started in the streets. Because of it the epicenter of the skateboarding culture was in Florida and California in consequence of the obvious connection with surfers and with it’s hot weather making outdoor skateparks a breeze to use at any time.

Indoor skate parks first started to appear in cities where skating outdoors wasn't possible through all seasons. But don’t think all skate parks are created because of the weather, actually there are now very famous indoor skate parks in both southern California and Florida. And if you are lucky to have both indoor and outdoor skate parks in your city, then you could choose based on the following.


Skate Park Price

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Some skate parks will charge in order for you to skate there. But they need money to maintain all infrastructure, lights, heat and everything else. If you don’t want to pay anything then you should look for outdoor skateparks, they’re usually public parks. City parks are equal to free parks.






Skate Park Quality

The indoor skateparks may have a cost but this means better quality ramps, rails, etc. Of course this is not the rule for every indoor skate park, but it could be the most sure thing. Indoor skate parks will guarantee you the best quality most of the times.


Crowded Skate Parks

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This is not the general rule, but indoor parks tend to be more crowded than outdoor because fo the limited space, so you will sometimes have to wait in line in order to use a ramp. If you don’t want to wait so much to skate, outdoor skateparks could be better.

So now you know a little bit about what to take into consideration before choosing either an indoor or outdoor skate park. The sure thing is that you want to skate, so as long as you decide where that's all that matters. Try to go to both parks, that is the only way you will know which one fits best with your style.


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