Pop an ollie or kick a flip at any one of these top-notch skate parks in Virginia. With indoor and outdoor options, and parks frequented by skating legend Tony Hawk, the only question is, which park will you go to first?
The 24,000 square-foot skate park is a favorite for skateboarders, inline skaters, and BMX bikers. The aboveground, seven-foot-deep bowl is composed of treated wood with a Skatelite Pro skating surface. Tony Hawk won many competitions at the park, and as such has attracted new and old skateboard aficionados from far and wide.
The MEKOS Skate Park is a 20,000-square-foot indoor facility with ramps for all levels of skater. Scooters, roller skates, and BMX bikes are welcome, too. “The Mission of MEKOS Invert Youth Outreach is to provide children, youth, and young adults access to a safe and friendly environment where they can shred, skateboard, BMX, in-line skate, and other action sports.” As a non-profit organization, their goal is to welcome at-risk youths, minorities, and other those with special needs.
The McIntire Skate Park has boxes, jumps, rails and ramps. Open Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. until dusk and noon until dusk on weekends, the McIntire Skate Park requires helmets, knee and elbow pads. This outdoor park is perfect for anyone in the Charlottesville area.
This skate park is just beneath the Wasena Bridge. It offers a tabletop, a 12-foot quarter-pipe and half-pipes, as well as a street course with ramps. The park is unsupervised, but safety equipment is required. Get ready to shred.
The outdoor Laurel Skate Park offers 6,700 square feet of free skate area equipped with ramps, rails, a half-pipe, and bowl. Skateboards, in-line skates, and freestyle bikes are most welcome. Admission is free, and staff is onsite to ensure participants wear the proper safety equipment. After you’re done skating, make sure to stop by the athletic fields and picnic shelter.
This 15,000-square-foot facility took seven years to complete. It started with a media awareness campaign. To raise funds, donation jars were placed all over the county until large donations started coming in to help make it possible. Today, the park is open to the public. Unique features include “an Amoeba style pool, a pole ham that resembles a Civil War cannon, a flow bowl with spine and small dish bowl, and an eight-foot-tall free standing quarter pipe.”