By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
There are plenty of skate parks to visit in U.S., but here we are going to show you about the ones you absolutely must go and skate. This is our top 7 so if you don’t agree, please leave a comment below with your list of preferred places! Let’s not waste any more time and get right to it.
7. Rob Dyrdek/DC Shoes Foundation Skate Plaza (Kettering, OH)
It may seem like no ordinary skate park, with it’s landscaping and art it appears like it's just another public place with a multi-use park for no skaters. It is the first major public skate park made by pro skater Rob Dyrdek from DC Shoes. Rob Dyrdek-DC Shoes Foundation Skate Plaza is perfect for street skateboarding with the urban elements necessary for this style (benches, rails, ledges and vert ramps).
6. Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park (San Jose, CA)
If we focus on what's unique, Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park is definitely first to be mentioned. With its 68,000 square feet that make it the largest skatepark in California and enough bowls for you to choose anyone you want to ride. It has the world’s biggest cradle of 70 feet long, alongside wide pipes, thimbles, pools, bowls, street obstacles and a huge mega wall. This is a bit extreme, so if you want to feel the extreme within you, this is the right park for you.
5. Vans Skate Park, Orange, CA
Here you can try indoor and outdoor skateboarding. Vans Skate Park is the place to see pro skaters like Jeff Grosso and Christian Hosoi. In 1999 Vans decided to make a Premium skate park in California. They reformed the famous Upland combi-bowl and a huge wooden street course. Trust us when we say this park will not dissapoint you.
4. FDR Skate Park, Philadelphia
Created by some skaters that wanted some cool concrete so they could skate in Philly. Trasher magazine said this park is “a Skateboard Paradise”. It is just beneath an overpass of interstate 95, with a 4-foot “Dome” and a 60-foot long “Bunker”. If you have played skate videogames, you may see it in Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground.
3. Lincoln City Skate Park
This park is one of the largest you will find in Oregon. Lincoln City Park is always improving. It has group of five mini parks designed by Dreamland Skate Parks. You will never now what the park looks like right now, because it upgrades every year with a new concrete design.
2. Denver Skate Park
Located in the Platte River, north of Downtown Denver, Denver Skatepark has an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains. This park is perfect for every kind of skater, with its multitude of different obstacles. What’s even better, the park will be open until very late hours.
1. Burnside Skate Park, Portland
You will find this Skate Park under the east end of the Burnside Bridge in Portland. This park is considered by many a real classic, featured in lots of skater magazines and videogames. It was created in 1990 and it have the coolest wall rides, quarter pipes, hips and bowls. It has expanded and developed through the years, and many skaters love to make DIY videos here.
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