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America’s Best Skateparks

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Skateboarding has gone through a number of cycles. In the late 70s, it was quite popular and skateparks sprung up all over the place. But, when the 80s entered the scene, people started complaining about skaters and the parks began to be shut down. This left skating as an underground, subversive cultural behavior. Now, we have seen a resurfacing of love for skating, and that’s why we can tell you about America’s best skateparks.

No matter what kind of board you like to use, you can learn a good deal about the best longboards for beginners in 2017 at that site. Longboard skating is different than your typical skatepark style. Instead, it is all about the deep slopes and speed. Those who love the feel of a 41 inch maple deck beneath their feet will probably not find as much joy in a skatepark as they would a neighborhood with lots of hills. But, if you can skate on a longboard, you can probably use a regular one too.  And, that means a skatepark can be tons of fun. Keep reading to find the best one near you.

America’s Best Skateparks

7 Incredible Made-in-America Skateparks

You might not be too shocked to discover that several of these parks are located in Florida and California. Skating in warm climates is like skiing in cold ones. Keep that in mind as we reveal 7 incredible made-in-America skateparks:

  1. Kona– Located in Jacksonville, this one has been standing since the late 70s. Its original concrete snake is still being used today. There’s a concrete pool, vert ramp, and several x game and street courses. Learn more.
  2. Vans– Another Florida based park, this one is in Orlando. Professional skaters helped design this park and it caters to those of all skill levels. There are a number of skill specific inclusions, but there’s also the popular staples.
  3. Woodward West Camp– Southern California lays claim to this park. However, keep in mind that this is indeed a skate camp so you will have to know someone, or enroll, to get in.
  4. Encinitas YMCA- Bet you didn’t think the Y was going to be on this list. But this one, located in Encinitas, California, is home to one of the most famous vert ramps of all time. It even has a floating platform. You’ve seen it in a bazillion ads. Watch this.
  5. Trinidad– Colorado isn’t just for skiing, apparently. This park is free and covers 15,000 square feet. It’s only been open since 2003, but people seem to love it nonetheless. Did we mention it’s free?
  6. Louisville Extreme Park– Yes, Kentucky is in on the action too. With 40,000 square feet of skate surface, including a full pipe, this is a park to see. And, they are adding indoor skating areas too. They intend to cater to skaters and bikers, to become somewhat of an x-park.
  7. Skatepark of Tampa- It could use a more unique name perhaps, but this park is the home to two world-renowned skateboarding competitions: Tampa Am and the Tampa Pro. This is a well-loved park for street skaters, boasting an 8,000 square foot street course that is indoors.

If you didn’t find a park in your neck of the woods, you might want to read this. And, if you are still considering longboarding, there are some more great reviews located at the Top Sports Brands site. You can get all the info you need there.…

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