Skateboarding is booming! Over the last decade, skateboarding has gone from a street sport to an international industry. The best skateparks in the world are those that stand out from the standard parks ones designed to reflect the innovation at the heart of skateboarding.
The best skateparks in the world are each distinct, whether in structure and style or creativity and cultural impact. It’s not only about the size of the park or the surface of each obstacle. Community involvement, aesthetic appeal, and creativity in design are all are carefully considered to create this list.
Whether you choose to travel to Europe, the US, the Middle East, or Asia, you’ll find quite a few of the gnarliest skate parks scattered across the globe. The challenge will only be in deciding where to go first. Without further ado, let’s get to the best skatepark across our pale blue dot (in no particular order).
- 33 of the Best and Most Innovative Skateparks in the World
- 1. Black Pearl Skatepark, Cayman Islands
- 2. S.M.P. Skatepark, China
- 3. Marseille Bowl Du Prado, France
- 4. Burnside Skatepark, USA
- 5. The Level Skatepark, UK
- 6. Downtown Skate Plaza, Canada
- 7. Skatepark Los Reyes, Chile
- 8. Skatepark Amsterdam Zeeburg, Netherlands
- 9. LES Coleman Skatepark, USA
- 10. Micropolis Skatepark, Finland
- 11. Pietrasanta Skate Park, Italy
- 12. Skate Park Galit, Israel
- 13.Venice Beach, USA
- 14. Tetuan Skatepark, Spain
- 15. Stapelbaddsparken Skatepark, Sweden
- 16. Amazing Square Skatepark, Japan
- 17. Hyeres Skatepark, France
- 18. Mellow Park, Germany
- 19. Skatepark of Tampa (SPOT), USA
- 20. Skate Agora, Spain
- 21. Area 51, The Netherlands
- 22. ‘Livi’ Skatepark, Scotland
- 23. Lincoln Park, USA
- 24. Stoke Plaza, UK
- 25. Guangzhou Skatepark, China
- 26. Hastings Park, UK
- 27. Spring Skatepark, USA
- 28. Skatehalle Berlin/Nike SB Shelter, Germany
- 29. House Of Vans, UK
- 30.Dave Armstrong Extreme Park, USA
- 31. Lai Chi Kok Skatepark, Hong Kong
- 32. North Brigade, Germany
- 33. Bondi Beach Skatepark, Australia
- What Makes a Skatepark the Best?
- More to Explore in the U.S. and U.K.
- Final Thoughts
33 of the Best and Most Innovative Skateparks in the World
Sometimes the best skatepark is the biggest. Other times, it’s the one with the most innovative design or the most creative use of materials. Here, you’ll find a bit of both, spanning the globe.
This list is in no particular order, and it’s definitely not exhaustive. Still, with each of these, you’ll no doubt have an amazing opportunity to experience something that few can say they’ve achieved. I’m sure I missed a few parks, just let me know and I’ll check out your suggestion.
1. Black Pearl Skatepark, Cayman Islands
Black Pearl may very well be every skateboarder’s dream. What’s better than one of the best and biggest skateparks in the world situated right in the midst of the Caribbean?
Just don’t forget your beach gear, and your surfboard, because there’s an enormous wave pool right to the left of this massive, 62,000-square-foot park.
The park was designed by the SITE Design group and opened in 2005 by pro skater Tony Hawk. Most professionals have this one on their list as a must-see and key skate destination.
The park is for every level, beginner, intermediate, and advanced so there is certainly something here for everyone, regardless of how long you’ve been skating.
There are quarter- and halfpipes, rails, stairs, concrete bowls, and several lines that create seamless transitions for every level. It’s also one of the largest concrete skateparks in the world.
Black Pearl is open seven days a week at limited hours, and prices range depending on your preferences. You can purchase a pass for a single day or grab a monthly pass if you are lucky enough to stay that long.
You need to wear protective gear though, and if you for some reason forgot to bring your board, you can rent one. If you choose only one park from this list, this is definitely one to consider.
2. S.M.P. Skatepark, China
S.M.P. (Shanghai Multimedia Park) Skatepark in Shanghai used to be one of the largest in the world at just under 45,000 square feet, but the next one on our list, also in China, has since overridden S.M.P. in size.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not one of the best. You will find some of the biggest bowls and longest vertical ramps, alongside a monstrous full pipe, handrails, and hubbas angling down large sets of stairs.
The project was a huge undertaking. In just about 18 months, the vision the creators had for this larger-than-life skatepark came to life. Professional skaters from Australia worked with translation teams to bring S.M.P. to life, sharing ideas and plans before taking on a 300-person construction crew.
The first riding surface was poured in only eight weeks, and the rest was soon to follow. You’ll also find a yearly international skate competition at S.M.P., “The Showdown,” and its name says it all. If you can manage it, it’s a good time to go.
3. Marseille Bowl Du Prado, France
France’s most famous and largest urban-style skatepark is located near to the Plage Du Prado Beach. Built in 1991, it was also once the ultimate skatepark in the world. But with so many others popping up since, it now shares the title with a few others.
Marseille Du Prado featured in many bowl rider competitions, as well as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 skateboarding game and the latest THPS 1-2 remake (I’m now considering to play the game or keep writing). There’s a variety of ramps, vertical walls, and some scary bowls displaying gorgeous graffiti art.
If you’re a good skater you’re gonna have a great time, beginners might have a harder time though. I visited this park in 1998 during a skate camp and all I can remember was the heat, and me having a hard time riding the bowl (and perhaps a few guys getting mugged within our of leaving the bus). There are more, but I only share them with friends ;).
If you’re good or at least know how to ride well, this is a great park to skate. The light stays on at night and my most fun experience was actually riding along the beach and boulevard in a cool summer breeze. ah, the memories.
4. Burnside Skatepark, USA
This list is in no particular order but if there’s one park you have to visit, it’s Burnside. Originally the park was built illegally but stood the test of time. Still to this day it is maintained by locals and doesn’t receive public funding.
Burnside is a public park and featured in a number of Tony Hawk Pro skater games (including the remake). No entry fees and a great park for a rainy day as it’s situated in an abandoned parking lot. Burnside is iconic, infamous, and paved the way for other skateparks like Grindline and Dreamland Skateparks.
5. The Level Skatepark, UK
The Level Skatepark is located in the middle of Level Parl, a beautiful massive open park with Elm Trees and greenery as far as the eye can see. It’s a great place to bring your kids (if you have any) with lots of play areas. Dad or mom can go skating while the other watches the kids.
The center of the skatepark consists of a large bowl divided into 3 sections. One (north) is great for beginners as it’s pretty mellow, the second part is a rectangular bowl that is a bit more challenging, and finally, the south part is the gnarliest.
Street skaters can enjoy themselves on the street plaza for weeks and has everything you need. Curved and flat ledges, banks, stairs with rails and ledges, a pyramid, hips, rails, etc.
6. Downtown Skate Plaza, Canada
In existence since 2004, Vancouver Skate Plaza covers over covers over 21,500 ft² and is a popular spot among locals for good reasons, and it is well known as one of the top skate parks in the world, specifically for street skaters.
The plaza is much like an urban square you’d find in the downtown section of many of the world’s largest cities, and its design and aesthetic appeal is what draws visitors from all over.
Renovated in 2011 and sized at just about 26,000 square feet, it was the first street plaza skatepark in Canada, boasting a plethora of handrails, replica rails, ledges, and stairs to keep you busy for a while.
The park is mostly outdoors, though there are covered sections as well. It’s free to skate and in a perfect location to explore the heart of downtown when you need a bit of a break. And, during peak hours in the summer, there is a skate host onsite to help with maintenance and even first aid should you need it.
The future of Downtown Plaza is uncertain at this moment but as long as it’s open, street skaters should visit this iconic park.
7. Skatepark Los Reyes, Chile
Los Reyes is the largest outdoor skatepark in Chile and one of the most scenic in the world with plenty of greenery and trees. It’s also located right next to the Machopo river.
Here, you’ll find a large street-skating area with a bowl that progresses into the shape of a snake, beginning with a more gentle design for novice skaters before growing more vertical and more challenging. The street zone consists of a large bank area with handrails, ramps, and four separate stair sets.
There are many objects in this park and you might want to stay for a couple of days to skate all the pyramids, ledges, quarter pipes, wall rides, spines, banks, hips, and more.
Los Reyes does get pretty busy, so keep an eye on your belongings while you are here, especially if you go on a weekend.
It’s open year-round and free, but keep in mind that the rainiest seasons in Chile are between May and September. Also a great place for a night sesh during the mild Chilean summers.
8. Skatepark Amsterdam Zeeburg, Netherlands
This park is one of the biggest outdoor skateparks in Europe and has almost over 43055 square feet of bowls and street (4000m2).
The city of Amsterdam hired the best architects (Glifberg+Lykke ) to design this impressive park and was built by Skateon. As of August 2020, the highly anticipated park is finally open.
The exquisite design details and modern construction is something you don’t see often every day. When it comes to design and aesthetics, the Dutch seem to know their stuff.
The park offers (other than friendly locals) snake runs, many street obstacles, and bowls for days. Amsterdam is now on the international skateboard map and ready to host professional skateboard and BMX competitions.
Other than the park, there’s plenty of room for sports and exercise combined with greenery in the middle of an urban area. If you’re in Amsterdam, you have to visit this place, props to Skateboardbruh for the amazing edit and cinematography, and of course, the guy that initiated the project: Stan Postmus.
9. LES Coleman Skatepark, USA
Les Coleman skatepark consists of a half-acre of ramps, rails, and slopes. LES was funded by Nike SB in 2012 and turned into a legendary skatepark underneath the Manhattan Bridge.
If you want to witness some gnarly skateboarding be sure to visit this park, it’s quite popular among NY’s gnarliest skateboarders and appears in many skate videos and Insta clips.
Many popular events like Go Skateboarding day, Harold Hunter Day (since 2007), Come Up Tour, and contests are held at Les skatepark. Open every day from 7 am to 6 pm.
10. Micropolis Skatepark, Finland
Micropolis Skatepark is located in the central part of Helsinki, and the design and aesthetics are unique. The size might be a bit underwhelming compared to the rest of this list, but it’s an award-winning design definitely needs to be here.
Designers of the space, including local architect and professional skater Janne Sarrio, had a vision of arranging the sections so that it would preserve the trees and grassland. It’s a street plaza for sure, and some say it is more an “architectural phenomenon”.
Each section is arranged in geometric form, you get a clear view of the park from every angle to give you lots of time to plan your line. The park is mixed with already existing greenery including a metal box with flowers and steps surrounding the trunk of a tree.
The spaces between obstacles culminate in a snake-shaped bowl, and the concave surface is protected by a zinc-coated metallic profile that allows for a smoother sliding surface. You’ll also find pyramids, ramps, uniquely curved ledges, manual pads, spines, banks, and hips.
Micropolis has been deemed a “garden” skate plaza, and its floor — with the exception of concrete elements — has been constructed with a material that dries out more quickly provided the amount of rainfall in the area, so do keep that in mind if you’re planning to visit given it is outdoors as well.
11. Pietrasanta Skate Park, Italy
Pietrasanta Skate Park in Italy is undoubtedly one of the most notably unique parks in the world. There’s even a documentary you can, and should, watch about its inception and construction.
The park was built piece by piece, creating obstacles made from wasted pieces of white marble that have been left over from local workshops, and it is abundant in the surrounding area.
What makes this one of the best is not only it’s uniqueness and the obstacles scattered throughout, but the drive to use what has been deemed useless to create something beautiful. While slight in size, there are banks, ledges, smaller transitions, and benches — and it’s a unique place you won’t find anywhere else.
It is open from daylight until about 11:00 p.m. daily.
12. Skate Park Galit, Israel
Skate Park Galit is the first concrete skatepark in Israel, built by a local skater in communion with local architects.
It is the largest skatepark in the ME, covering just around 28,000 square feet, and what makes this one of the best is the mere fact that, prior to its inception, skaters needed to board a plane to find a good bowl or pool to skate. With a thriving skate scene blooming in Israel, something was missing.
With that in mind, it’s designers and architects wanted to create a park that was not only a proper skate spot, but something that answered long-held dreams for frustrated local skaters.
Galit is overflowing with bowls, steep banks, a seven-foot quarter pipe, rails and stairs of concrete, as well as Euro gaps, boxes, and three tiers of obstacles, leading to a central pyramid. At the center of the park, you’ll also find a beautiful seascape scene painted by New York tattoo artist, Yoni Zilber.
The growth of the community since the creation of Skate Park Galit has been instrumental, and its impact certainly noteworthy.
13.Venice Beach, USA
Even if you’re not into skating Venice Beach is a great park to visit. Not at this moment as it’s covered by sand because of the crisis we’re currently in, but as soon as things get back to normal this is a spot that should be on your list.
This is the perfect opportunity to skate in paradise, locals advise to go early in the morning because of the heat but you also don’t want to miss skating during sunset. This area is the birthplace of skateboarding and there’s something for everyone.
Lots of obstacles such as rails, ledges, stairs, and transitions for days. It’s a great place to meet the strangest people but be aware of pickpockets and watch your belongings at all times.
14. Tetuan Skatepark, Spain
Constructed in 2009, Tetuan is often called “Tetu” by the locals and is situated in the heart of the Spanish capital — truly an authentic skater scene.
Tetuan boasts a large central manual pad, unlike the traditional pyramid design, giving the park a unique street-style feel. The designers mastered the idea of creativity and authenticity in planning and design and built something that stands out from most other parks you’ll find, whether in the U.S. or abroad.
With 11 stairs, handrails of all different dimensions, banks, ramps, a Euro gap, and a quarter pipe, the obstacles are plentiful. It does get pretty busy during the midafternoon, so your best bet is to get out there early, especially if you are traveling during the summer months, from March to October.
The park is open 24 hours, and it is free.
15. Stapelbaddsparken Skatepark, Sweden
The name alone is fun to say, so it’s no surprise that, according to many, Stapelbaddsparken is one of the best skateparks in the world. It is outdoor, so you’ll want to plan accordingly because Sweden’s winter temperatures can be pretty frigid — and by frigid, we’re talking negative numbers.
The park began with an idea from a handful of local skaters, including John Magnusson, who ultimately partnered with Stefan Hauser of “Placed to Ride Inc.,” one of the masterminds behind the world-famous Burnside Skatepark in Portland, Oregon.
The intention behind Stapelbaddsparken was to create a unique public park with inspiration from the sport’s beginnings. Situated close to the heart of downtown and adjacent to the sea, Stapelbaddsparken is also close to one of Sweden’s best indoor parks, Bryggeriet — also worth visiting if you are in town.
The 3,000-square-meter park is home to Quicksilver’s Bowlrider Cup and is designed utilizing a bowl landscape amid a street arena. There are also a series of skateable sculptures in an open square with a cradle, stairs, and quarter-pipes.
This skatepark is a true collaboration between the city and local skaters, each feeling a strong sense of responsibility to this scene, and it shows.
Stapelbaddsparken is also free, making it an even better experience.
16. Amazing Square Skatepark, Japan
With a name like “amazing square,” the expectation is high, and there’s no need to worry, you won’t be disappointed. Located in Tokyo, Amazing Square is home to an impressive variety of both street and transition obstacles. It is also a 24-hour park with what many call an “obscene four-meter vertical ramp”.
If you are a beginner or you are not quite ready for such a feat, don’t worry, there’s also a smaller-scale flat area for you to work on your skills.
You’ll find street-skating courses throughout the wood-floored indoor area, as well as an outdoor area with equally impressive stairs, rails, and a rather imposing halfpipe.
Japan’s skate scene isn’t huge, but you’ll be surprised to see that it’s lively and something you need to experience for yourself. In particular, Amazing Square is a haven for skaters and one of the best in the world.
17. Hyeres Skatepark, France
One of the top destinations for street-style skating in France, Hyeres is located on the sunny beaches of the southern part of the country, though many say the park itself is so good that you’ll practically forget that there are beaches nearby.
Renovated in 2009, there are no less than 15 obstacles, and it’s completely free. It’s known to have everything you’d expect, covering just over 40,000 square feet. There are pyramids and lots of ledges, handrails, flat bars, banks, double and single stair sets, and quarter-pipes, plus more.
Hyeres is open daily from about 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. — if you aren’t skating, the best part is that the beach is only a few steps away, so don’t forget your surfboard, too.
18. Mellow Park, Germany
Mellow Park Germany is a bit different than the other parks on this list so I thought it would make a nice addition. If you look at their website, the park looks a bit like an organized mess where parts of the park seem to be slapped together. It has a lot of history and is one of the biggest outdoor parks in Europe but with a twist.
There is an indoor skatepark, an outdoor halfpipe, an outdoor street park, and even a part designed for BMX which includes a track and a section for dirt jumping. It’s interesting how this park came to be, a lot of volunteering went (and still does) into it. Not the time to go into this right now, but Mellow Skatepark is really an interesting park to visit when you’re in the Area.
19. Skatepark of Tampa (SPOT), USA
SPOT is both an indoor and outdoor park intended for beginner and pro skaters and famous for the annual Tampa Pro contests.
The street course is changing constantly and there is something for everyone. Pyramid, rails, and lots of transitions for skilled skaters and smaller ramps and rails for beginners.
SPOT requires an entry fee but you can get a discount on some days if you’re a paramedic, firefighter, cop, or in the military. If you’re an older skater you only pay $3 after 5:30pm on ‘Old Man Tuesdays’. Girls can actually skate for free!
20. Skate Agora, Spain
Barcelona seem slike the place to be for skaters over the past years and it’s no wonder California Skateparks was allowed to build a Street League certified skatepark.
Almost 54000 square feet of skatepark Walhalla can be found in Barcelona which is suitable for beginners, intermediate, and pro skaters. Skate Agora is also the first certified Street Leauge park in Europe and as a bonus, you get to view the ocean in the background.
Beginners can shred a 4-stairs, low handrails, a hubba upslope, low flat rail with a manual pad, and a handrail and platform.
Intermediate skateboarders aren’t left out and can enjoy longer stairs with handrails, a wide bank to bank with a gap, and several types of handrails.
Lastly, advanced and pro skaters are catered with obstacles that have the measures and dimensions of professional competition. A hubba with 2 handrails, 7-stairs, a spine, several quarter pipes with hops, and a bank in the center.
21. Area 51, The Netherlands
This skate park is made entirely out of wood and one of the best parks in the Netherlands. I personally love skating wood as is doesn’t hurt as much as concrete (well most of the time).
Anyway, Area 51 has a huge street/park parkour with various ledges, rails, banks, transitions, you name it. The bowl is separated from the park and riding it is just pure bliss. Even though Area 51 isn’t a massive park-like some of the skateparks on this list, it will keep you entertained for a long time.
22. ‘Livi’ Skatepark, Scotland
Livi was built in 1981 and this oldschool park played a huge role in UK/Scottish skateboarding history. One of the longest-running events in skateboarding is the Livi Pure Fun Skate Party (since 1984).
People from all over the world visit and over the years it became the cornerstone of skateboard culture in the United Kingdom. The future of Livi is uncertain as the original park is falling apart and locals trying to save this once state of the art skateboard park. Check out the documentary Long Live Livi.
The old gnarly part of the park is still intact but new stuff was added over the years including two extensions with bowls and hips. There are three bowl sections that should get you going for a while. Leave the gnarly parts to the pros but as there are a few areas beginners can ride.
23. Lincoln Park, USA
Perhaps the gnarliest park in the world (according to Thrasher magazine), Lincoln Park skatepark is designed by former Bones Brigade member Lance Mountain.
Lincoln Park is about 9,000 square feet and is built on a hill. It’s very beginner-friendly because of the mix of obstacles in different sizes and the beginner area is placed in a way you won’t clash with experienced skaters. You can start slow and build-up to the more advanced transitions and ramps and don’t forget to ride the snake run
Actually this park is great for every type (and level) of skater. Experienced skateboarders will love the other half of the park where you can skate several stairs with handrails and ledges and a large flatground section.
24. Stoke Plaza, UK
Stoke Plaza is one of the biggest parks in Europe with over 34,000 square feet of concrete transition, bowls, rails, stairs, etc. This skatepark is every street skater’s dream. The massive flat section features flat banks, stair sets, rails, hubbas, manual pads, and ledges.
Bowl riders won’t be disappointed and have their own section at the side of the skatepark. It’s not a huge bowl and perhaps a bit too challenging for skaters that are used to less gnarly stuff.
25. Guangzhou Skatepark, China
A second notable skatepark in China, Guangzhou, has taken the crown to become the biggest skatepark in the world at 182,000 square feet. Nobody is enjoying it though, the park is closed due to some accidents and poor construction materials, that’s China alright.
It is situated amid 10 universities with hundreds of thousands of students, and it is part of one of China’s extreme sports complexes.
The designers of the park wanted a big skatepark, close to epically sized to cover all the aspects of skateboarding. It’s not exactly around the corner but it certainly has the potential to become a legendary park if it ever opens again.
China’s skateboarding scene is in its infancy, most of the citizens haven’t seen a skateboard or even heard of it. Perhaps Guangzhou and S.M.P. will lead to an influx of gnarly professionals, time will tell.
26. Hastings Park, UK
Hastings skatepark (not to be confused with Source park) is a huge bowl park and offers a smaller street section and the first of its kind in the UK.
The huge bowl section consists of an old school bowl with a small gap, next you ride into a more beginner-friendly bowl section which is a level up, and lastly an open bowl which is a level down. At the back, you’ll run into a volcano and a section with bumps, corners, and a cradle
The basic street park is beginner-friendly and great for learning new tricks but also for more experienced riders. It features a quarter pip on both ends where you run into a flat bank, manual pads (plus rail), 4-stairs with a ledge and rail, and several transitions with ledges.
27. Spring Skatepark, USA
Spring skatepark is one of the biggest skateparks in the world with over 78,000 square feet of street, transition, verts, and bowls. This skatepark has everything, even a full pipe.
The park was designed by Seattle firm Grindline and is a family-friendly skatepark (yes there are restrooms!). Skaters are courteous and always willing to help out less experienced skaters and share tips. Don’t forget to bring your helmet and you need to sign a waiver before you go out and shred.
28. Skatehalle Berlin/Nike SB Shelter, Germany
Our next stop takes us to Berlin, Germany, with Skatehalle Berlin, which was recently renovated and renamed to the Nike SB Shelter. It is mostly an indoor street park with a small outdoor area and has more features than you’ll be able to wrap your mind around or accomplish in one trip.
There are pyramids, wall rides, plenty of blocks, hubbas with both four- and seven-stair sets, handrails, and other unique obstacles you’d likely find on the streets of Berlin. There was also an indoor halfpipe, the biggest in Germany where one of my best friends proposed to his girlfriend. The half-pipe is gone now to make room for the new street park.
The park is made of concrete and outside you’ll find a mini ramp and a small bowl. The hours here can be a bit limited and differ depending on the day, so be sure to plan accordingly.
This is one gnarly indoor park you don’t want to pass up.
29. House Of Vans, UK
The House of Vans is a rather unique skatepark buried under stone-walled railway arches. Good food, great staff and if you break your board you just walk into the Vans Shop and get a new deck. It’s located in central London and the park has a great concrete bowl and a mini ramp. Not everyone is impressed with the street part but it does have a few interesting features.
You can get food, drinks, and even secure your stuff in the lockers. If you get a little tired, visit the Vans art gallery. This place is also visited by lots of street artists and there are regular events like concerts, arts and crafts, concerts, photography exhibitions, movie screenings, etc.
It’s a small park so it can be a bit crowded on rainy days which might put beginners off. House of Vans is all about skateboarding and its culture and should really be on your bucket list.
30.Dave Armstrong Extreme Park, USA
The Dave Armstrong Extreme Park is over 40,000 square feet and opened its doors on April 5, 2002. The park became well known After Tony Hawk put in on the map during his Gigantic Skatepark Tour. The park is still one of the most popular skateparks and the massive 24-foot full pipe that is hard to miss.
Thruthfully, most of us mortals won’t be looping through a massive full pipe, but with a huge skatepark like this, there is something for everyone. Not only are there 8 pools of different sizes, street and park skaters will love the many rails, stairs, and fun boxes galore and they also have 8 different pools of various sizes.
In 2015 part of the park was demolished to make room for a road but fortunately, rebuild in 2015.
31. Lai Chi Kok Skatepark, Hong Kong
So @wzahk contacted me and requested this park to be added to this list. Lai Chi Kok Skatepark was built by CA skateparks and it is the first (and only) SLS Certified skatepark in Asia.
Over 17222 square feet of street obstacles, great for skilled skaters but probably a bit of a challenge for beginners. Just take a look at the video Warren made, lots of quarters, mini ramps, stairs, rails, etc, and a medium bowl. Lai Chi Kok is open every day from 7 am to 10 pm.
32. North Brigade, Germany
Ein extreme geiles Park according to a German on Youtube, and he’s right. North Brigade is an extremely cool park for both street and pool riders. Renovated and reopened in 2015 North Brigade offers something for everyone.
Unique shapes you won’t find in many places, mellow to advanced open and closed bowls, and a great street section for all levels. This is a great place for beginners who want to get better but there are also lots of sections for skilled and pro skaters. Totally worth checking out.
33. Bondi Beach Skatepark, Australia
Let’s end this with a skatepark in paradise. Bondi Beach is famous for its surfing spots but also has a great skatepark. Skate in the morning, surf in the afternoon, and dine in one of the many restaurants in the area.
Time to call it a day, perhaps I’ll add more parks once I get around to it.
What Makes a Skatepark the Best?
With innumerable skateparks scattered throughout the world, it’s tough to narrow it down to a simple list of the best.
What makes a skatepark great is not just about the size or even the design — it’s about the outside-of-the-box thinking that goes into planning. It’s also about the people behind it and what it means to the community.
Still, in general, skatepark design matters. Its functionality and usability, including flow, difficulty level, style, capacity, aesthetics, safety, and even budget, all go into creating a skatepark that exceeds users’ expectations and combines the highest level of appeal with the least amount of imperfection.
Unlike other sports facilities, skateparks are used for long hours by legions of riders — quite the contrast to a baseball field that empties after a game except for a few lingering spectators.
When design comes into play, one of the most significant considerations includes how large the park is as well as its capacity to create space for all users during peak times. It’s not merely about the obstacles, though they are indeed crucial.
It’s also about redefining space so that every section of a skatepark reaches max capacity and creativity simultaneously. Further, when we talk about separate sections of a park, there are both positives and negatives in this design aesthetic, and both depend on personal preference.
There is value in creating different areas of a park that are not necessarily interconnected but act as stand-alone mini-parks. On the other hand, this sort of design can sometimes feel as though there is little to no flow and interconnectedness.
Most skaters prefer — though again, this is subjective — a design that allows for the ability to traverse and transition to separate areas of the park with some continuity. One challenge lies in creating both a spacious feel while also addressing movement from one section to the next.
Skatepark Style and Terrain
There are, of course, different styles of skating, and no particular park is one-size-fits-all.
Often, you will find an outstanding park that caters to a particular style, such as a large street plaza section for street-style skating with handrails, stairs, and other urban-style obstacles, or transition terrain, which caters more to vert-style skating, with bowls, pools, and ramps.
Most more modern parks create a combination of the two terrains, offering something for everyone.
Skateparks range from small to large, and whether it is a skate spot meant for a small number of users or a destination-style skatepark that draws skaters from all over the world, each has its own unique appeal, and one is not necessarily better than the other.
What makes a skatepark the best in the world comes down to quite a lot of planning by individuals from differing backgrounds, including architecture and professional skating.
It also involves community engagement and investment, character, design, aesthetics, safety, and signature elements that all work together to create a park as unique as the individual riders that frequent it.
And with that, below you will find a few of the world’s best skateparks — those that seem to have mastered the concept and are unique in either size or style or both.
More to Explore in the U.S. and U.K.
I did mention a few skateparks in the UK and US but there’s more the explore as I dedicated 2 articles already.
If we get out of the current mess I hope this post helps you to plan your global skatepark trip but I’m sure I missed many. It’s just impossible to get through them all in one article, at some point I have to stop.
If you’re looking for more to explore, you’ll want to check out these: “The Best Skate Parks in the U.K.” and “The Best Skate Parks in the U.S.”
One aspect of putting together a list of the best skate parks in the world is that, while it is somewhat subjective, the options are endless. And having too many to choose from is not so bad after all.
No matter what skate spot you choose, whether in the U.S., U.K. Europe, Asia, or somewhere else in the world, stay long enough to experience the culture, the community, and the amazing people you’ll no doubt meet while you’re there.
I could have added 100 parks and kept going, but this is by far the biggest post I ever wrote and it’s time to call it a day.
Sources used (and a big thank you!)
I’m an aged skateboarder and I still shred responsibly. I started skateboarding 25 years ago but also love surfing, snowboarding, or anything that involves a board.