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Best Skateparks Near Me – The Greater Los Angeles Area

Best Skateparks Near Me – The Greater Los Angeles Area

Best Skateparks Near Me – The Greater Los Angeles Area

Skateparks are a good place for people of all ages to have fun outside, socialize, and get better at skateboarding.  Stix Skate Academy is beginning soon!  Enroll now to learn to skate the best skateparks near me!  

How to Find Skateparks Near Me

The best way to find local skateparks in Southern California is to select your area on SocalSkateparks.com.  There is information about the size of the park, whether it has lights, and has resources like images and reviews.  Socal Skateparks is the most legitimate and comprehensive way to find local skateparks.  There are other similar websites that can definitely be useful like California Skateparks.  These websites are the best because they are dedicated to finding skateparks, but there is always searching your city name or the name of a surrounding city followed by “skatepark” to see if anything comes up on Google.

 

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Skateparks Near Me

The greater Los Angeles area has expanded its skateparks from few to too many to name.  Different areas have different styles, depending on the designer and what company actually builds the park. The city of Duarte and Belvedere skatepark in east Los Angeles were both designed by the same person, and have similar features like a lot of flow, which is a term for intertwined ramps that allow the skater to take many routes through the park’s obstacles without stopping, and spine ramps.   Local skateparks often imitate obstacles in their city like how the city of Duarte made a stair set and rail to give skaters what they like to skate while keeping them away from city buildings.  There are waves of skateparks throughout Los Angeles as cities followed the trend of building skateparks. The san Gabriel Valley went through a skatepark building boom in the 2000s, and nearly every city in the area has a skatepark. 

The Best Skateparks Across the Board

There is no way to determine the best skatepark for everyone, but there are some things that make a skatepark better in general.  

Street & Transition: Progression

In general, the best skateparks are big and have a wide variety of obstacles for progression.  It is important for a park to cater to a wide variety of skill levels for skaters to learn on the easier obstacles before taking tricks to the more difficult features.  Skateparks are usually a mixture of street and ramps, but the best skateparks usually have all kinds of features.  Stix Skate Academy is the newest program we are offering to the younger skaters to learn to skate before going to crowded skateparks. 

Pad Nannies

Skateparks sometimes have employees, and this can be a good or a bad thing.  Skaters call them pad nannies.  A skatepark staff is there to help you fill out a liability waiver so you can’t sue the city if you get hurt skating.  They are also there to sweep and keep the park clean.  They usually enforce the strict use of safety equipment like a helmet, and pads.  These duties often force the skatepark to charge skaters money to cover the salary of the employees.  Even though the parks are cleaner, often have lights to skate at night, and are more likely to have restrooms, many skaters are deterred from paying to skate or wear pads.  Some skateparks like Glendale allow local residents to skate for free, while charging non-residents a few dollars per day.

 

How it is

Although a park might be the biggest and have all kinds of features are not the best because riders are required to wear safety gear.  Skateboarding is an extreme sport. Everyone knows that injuries are common. Unfortunately some cities are worried about getting sued by skaters or their parents, so they have staff or law enforcement patrolling the skatepark to kick skaters out who are not following the rules, and even give them citations.  The most common thing skaters get cited by police for is not wearing their safety gear in the skateparks. Unfortunately, there is usually a huge difference area between what is common and what the rules are. It is rare that skaters wear all of their safety gear in skateparks. That’s just how it is.

Skaters who skate ramps taller than they are wear knee pads and helmets-sometimes elbow pads and wrist guards, but street skaters don’t wear any safety gear.  Some parks only require a helmet and you can get away with wearing pants and a long sleeve shirt instead of wearing pads. Some parks have the rules in place, but don’t bother with enforcing the no pad rule. It just depends on the city and the individual police officer. The best way to find out this information is to ask the local riders about how it is at that specific park.

A History of Skateparks

Grassroots

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Skateboarding began in southern California and became a widespread activity thanks to skateparks.  In the beginning, skateboards were makeshift boards built by kids attaching their metal wheeled roller skates to 2’’x4’’ pieces of wood.  They played with them outside in the neighborhood and rode their boards on sidewalks or down hills. They built jump ramps out of plywood to launch off of like they did with their bikes.  These were the first signs of what would become skateparks as we know them today.  Eventually, the jump ramps people had always built were taken to the next level.  People built much taller and wider ramps, creating what were known as half pipes.  Backyard ramps would be some of the first skateparks. Skaters of all skill levels flocked to hang out and skate at the local ramp.  The skate scene grew a lot from backyard ramps by getting more people to skate. It also created bigger and better obstacles which led to to doing more awesome tricks.

 

Surf Influence

Skateboarding was heavily influenced by surfing.  Surfing had already existed for thousands of years.  Fishermen used to ride wooden planks to get their catch to shore.  Surfing had also already progressed into something done for fun way before anyone had thought of removing roller skates from shoes to attach to wooden decks.  Skateboarding immediately became something to do for fun.    

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Because riding a skateboard was similar to riding a surfboard, skaters looked to skate on obstacles that resembled waves.  Skaters went from riding around their neighborhood to searching out empty pools to ride because these resembled the waves they surfed.  Skateboarding became popular in empty pools and also water drainages. The walls that curved into ramped embankments were ideal for skateboarding.

Local communities took note of the grassroots movement and built early skateparks to resemble the features that skaters like to ride.  Early skateparks favored the swimming pool and ramp style features that resembled waves.  The original Pipeline skatepark in Upland is a prime example of this, with its “full pipe” built to resemble a tubed wave.  Skateparks began building half pipes and offered ramps of all shapes and sizes.   

Street Skating

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While this was happening on backyard ramps, some skaters stayed in streets, also progressing the sport.  These skaters advanced the tricks themselves. This allowed them to skate on more obstacles in the street. Rodney Mullen made some of the biggest if not the biggest contribution to street skateboarding by figuring out how to ollie.  An ollie is how skaters jump the board off of the ground by hitting the tail of the board on the ground, or popping it. Ollieing the board off the ground allowed for the whole street style of skateboarding to progress. Larger ledges than the slippery red curbs that skaters like to grind and slide on could be ollied into.  More tricks were invented.  Eventually, skaters would do flip tricks down large stair sets and grind handrails.

 

During the 90s, street skateboarding became more popular than ramp skating. Eventually skatepark builders saw this trend and built skateparks with more street obstacles.  Most skateparks have a mixture of street obstacles and ramps.  Some city parks were built entirely to get skaters off the streets because skaters were seen as delinquents.  This view has changed in recent years and now people are searching the internet for “skateparks near me”.  There are tons of skateparks to ride today.

 

Local Favorites Near Stix Rideshop Monrovia

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Monrovia Skatepark (Oscar Garcia Skatepark)

Has a good mixture of street and ramps.  Has lights until 10pm.  Free to the public. Skaters have been known to be cited for not wearing safety equipment. 

 

Duarte Skatepark Mostly transition ramps and flow.  No lights.  Free to the public.  It is seldom that skaters get cited for not wearing their safety equipment. 

 

Arcadia Skatepark (Bonita Skatepark)

Mostly street. Has lights until 10pm.  Free to the public. Skaters have been known to be cited for not wearing safety equipment. 

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Local Favorites Near Stix Rideshop Claremont

Claremont Skatepark

Mostly street.  Has a small bowl.  Free to the Public.

 

Montclair Skatepark

Mostly pools and transition ramps.  Has a small flow section and a set of stairs.  Has lights until 10pm.  Free to the public.  Skaters have been known to be cited for not wearing safety equipment. 

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Big Chino (Ayala Skatepark)skateparks-near-me-chino-ayala

Mostly transition ramps. Has lights until 10pm.  Free to the public.

It is seldom that skaters get cited for not

wearing their safety equipment. 

 

 

Little Chino (Chino Hills Skatepark)

Mostly transition ramps. Has lights until 10pm.  Free to the public. It is seldom that skaters get cited for not wearing their safety equipment. 

 

Best Skateparks Near Me – Los Angeles

 

Belvedere Skatepark 

Mostly transition ramps. Has lights until 10pm.  Free to the public.  It is seldom that skaters get cited for not wearing their safety equipment. 

 

Diamond Plaza (Hazard Park)

Mostly street.  Has some transition and pool coping.  Free to the public.  Plaza style, so no safety gear required at all.skateparks-near-me-hazard-diamond-park-street-skateboarding

 

Hansen Dam Skatepark 

Awesome flow bowl.  Plaza street section.  Free to the public.

Best Skateparks Near Me in the greater Los Angeles Area

Vans Skatepark in Orange County

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Skatelab in Simi Valley

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Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest

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Go skate!

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