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The Best Skateparks in South America

By Andres Pachon

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

 

The Latin American skate scene is mostly focused on street skating due to the fact that governments are not really willing to encourage this kind of extreme sports such as skating and BMX. However, with much effort, persistence and help of those guys who were willing to listen, Latin America has come to have a fair amount of recognized skateparks visited by some of the worlds best! Lest check some of them out.

 

Los Reyes Skatepark, Santiago, Chile

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Is currently the only skatepark in Latin America listed as one of the best in the world by Complex, ranked #23 and is the biggest one in Chile. It Features Multiple bowls, ledges, stairs, hubbas, quarterpipes, manual-pad, and euro gap is also known as being one of the most scenic parks being built next to Machopo River and having night lights for evening summer skating.

 

Parque Bustamante Skatepark, Santiago, Chile

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Considered Meca of the Chilean skateboarding scene, the Parque Bustamante is known for its classic look, keeping an essence of ’70s and 80’s skateboarding. Back in the 50s it used to be an artificial pond where you could even see the birds bathing, currently empty and modified with a few rails and boxes to shred and is mostly used for flat-ground tricks and freestyle skateboarding.

 

Fontanar Del Rio Skatepark, Bogota, Colombia

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Opened in February 2017, the Fontanar del Rio skatepark is unanimously called the best by most skating scene by the locals of the capital city of Colombia, people from all over the city visit the skatepark looking for the trills it has to offer, it has 4.660 square meters making it one of the biggest track in Bogota and in Colombia. It is also one of the few parks with a dream bowl for dream drops and features everything from boxes, rails, stairs, mini ramps and everything in between.

 

La Villa Skatepark, Pereira, Colombia

The biggest and most complete skatepark in Colombia serving over 5,000 local and foreign skaters, inaugurated back in 2015 is one of the spots to go if you are looking to skate in Colombia. This kind of places are pushed and promoted by locals and have been built by the local governments who is trying to improve physical activity among the Colombian youth and prevent kids from getting into the wrong footsteps to reduce delinquency and violence stats in the country.

 

Causete Skatepark, Causete, Argentina

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Being the biggest park in Argentina and South America, this park has turned into a milestone for the Argentinian skating scene. Finished in February 2018 it is one of the biggest projects for Causete’s local government, having fields and tracks not only for the practice of skate but also BMX and rollerblading. The promoter of this particular project thanked in tears for all of the help they received to complete the parks, this is projected to be one of the most important spaces for Argentinian youth since those who practiced such sports were kicked out from all places and got in trouble with the police, creating a hostile environment for this scene that did nothing more than having fun and practice physical activity.

 

 

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These are just some of the few spots South America has to offer, skateboarding culture is huge but still lacking support and it cant be compared to what you find in more economically developed countries such as the US. Most skateparks are built thanks to the effort and requests of various skatings communities in each country and also thanks to governments social developing entities that promote culture and sports.

Skateboarders are a growing community and we are pretty sure we will be seeing more development in the future!

 

 

 

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