Today, newly minted collections of rails and ramps can be found in every major city and in many suburbs and small towns.
A few of these concrete paradises stand out above the rest, risen to iconic status, because of sheer size, extreme features, unique skate architecture, legendary tricks performed there and the famous skaters who have skated there. Take a tour of the best skateboard parks on earth.
BLACK PEARL SKATEPARK, GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS, CARIBBEAN
The Black Pearl Skate Park is the world’s largest outdoor concrete skate park in the world. It’s massive with over 50,000 square feet of ramps, jumps and half pipes. Next door is also the world’s largest wave pool!
BURNSIDE SKATE PARK, PORTLAND, OREGON
Featured in every skate magazines and even in Tony Hawk video games, Burnside was created in 1990 by a few Portland skaters with a hunger for a proper park in their town. Arguably the most famous do-it-yourself skatepark, the park has expanded and developed over the past 20 years and is now recognized by skaters all over the world.
FDR SKATE PARK, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Similar to Burnside in Portland, FDR skatepark was created by a few enthusiastic skaters. Famous for its July 4th jams, FDR is a regular stop for skateboarders traveling up or down the East Coast.
FLOATING RAMP, LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA
Professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist built this floating skate park on the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe.
IPANEMA’S ARPADOR BOWL, PARK GAROTA DE IPANEMA, BRASIL
To enjoy an amazing view while skateboarding, Ipanema’s Arpoador Bowl offers two secluded bowls high above Parque Garota de Ipanema, close gallery of surf and skate shops on Rua Francisco Otaviano.
LAKE CUNNINGHAM REGIONAL SKATE PARK, SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Lake Cunningham is the center of San Jose’s skating scene – the largest skate park in California. It boasts the world’s tallest full pipe, as well as one of the tallest vert walls and largest cradles on earth. A number of bowls and street features are also on the menu, and the park is designed so you can skate into different sections without losing your flow.
LAKE HAVASU SKATEPARK, CALIFORNIA
A flow course with a helmet style cradle, in honor of a Havasu veteran who died in action, and an heart shaped pool.
MARSEILLE SKATEPARK, MARSEILLE, FRANCE
An urban skatepark that is as well known for its graffiti art work as for its iconic layout. The set up is perfect. There are a hundred lines, a few killer hips, bowls, and fast steel coping everywhere. In addition, it sits on one of the most scenic coastlines in the world, and has floodlights that allow all-hours skating.
PIER 62 SKATEPARK, NEW YORK
Pier 62 Skate Park is designed for some serious flow skating. With the smooth cement, variety of obstacles, and abundant transitions, you find yourself lacing the whole park in one run. It’s located on the West Side Highway, which is close to several of NYC’s most famous street spots…
SHAW MILLENNIUM SKATE PARK, CALGARY, CANADA
Like many other parks, its most noticeable feature is a towering full pipe. Shaw also boasts rails, transitions, stairs and bowls.
SMP SKATEPARK, SHANGHAI, CHINA
Everything’s big in China these days, and the SMP park is no exception: with the world’s biggest ramp and the biggest concrete bowl.
STOKE PLAZA, STOKE-ON-TRENT PARK, HANLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
This is the biggest Skate Park in England and has some really cool ramps and grinding areas for every level of skater. It hosts all sorts of competitions for amateur skaters throughout the year.
VENICE BEACH SKATEPARK, VENICE BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Skateboarding has gone on in Venice Beach for decades, and it’s the former stomping ground of Jay Adams and Tony Alva. Venice Beach Skate Park sits on the edge of one of America’s most legendary beaches. It has two bowls, a snake run and a large street course. Venice draws serious skaters, and spectators are on hand most of the time.