If skateboarding is your sport of choice, there's no better place than Bay Area skate parks for some ramp time. So bust a grind at these super skate parks...and be safe! This is a sample list of local skate parks.
SAN FRANCISCO: The city now has two official skate parks, and one approved for development.
- Crocker Amazon Park (corner of Moscow and Italy): Muni lines 9, 14, 43, and 54 will take you there.
- Potrero del Sol Park (25th and Utah Streets): Muni lines 14, 27, 33.
- Coming soon is Waller Street Skateboard Park (off of Stanyan where Haight hits Golden Gate Park on the westernmost end).
ALAMEDA: The skate park is located in the old naval base. From the City, take the Bay Bridge to 880 South and exit 5th Street. Turn left at Broadway toward Alameda. You'll take a slight right and enter the Webster Street Tunnel. Stay on your right into Ralph M Appezzato Memorial Parkway. Turn right on Main Street and take a left into the shipyard. Stay on the right and you'll see the skate park on Redline Boulevard.
BERKELEY: Remodeled in 2003, the 18,000-square-foot park located at Harrison Park contains a large oval bowl and a section for beginners. Located at 1100 4th Street at Harrison Street, it's an easy drive from the City. Take the Bay Bridge to 80 East, exit at Gilman and turn right. Turn left on 4th Street and drive all the way to the end of the road.
BRISBANE: This new little skate park is good for the beginner skateboarder (think early elementary school). Take 101 South from the City, exit Brisbane, and follow the signs into Downtown Brisbane. The road veers to the right. The park is across the street from the post office.
CORTE MADERA: The skate park is located at Corte Madera Town Park and is open every day from 9am–dusk. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and exit at Tamalpais Drive toward Paradise Drive. Turn left at Tamalpais Drive and turn right at Pixley Drive. The park is next to the tennis courts.
DALY CITY: The park doesn't offer much beyond a mini ramp about 5 feet high and about 24 feet wide made of steel. They offer a few street obstacles. There is a sign requiring skaters to wear helmets. Located at 92nd Street and Sullivan Avenue, a block or two north of the Krispy Kreme and In-N-Out Burger corner.
MENLO PARK: A 15,000 square foot "state-of-the-art" skate park located at 700 Alma Street (Burgess Park) next to the Recreation Center. Call (650) 330-2200 for more information.
MILL VALLEY: The Mill Valley Community Center has a skate park at the east end of the middle school parking lot at Sycamore Avenue. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and take the Stinson Beach exit. Continue on Almonte Boulevard, which turns into Miller Avenue. Turn right at La Goma Street and a slight right at Sycamore Avenue.
NOVATO: Includes a 15,000 square foot skating area that features stairs, bowls, walls, curbs, rails, and ramps. The park was designed for beginner and intermediate skateboarders; located at 1200 Hamilton Parkway, one block from Nave Drive in Sports Court Island; hotline: (415) 493-4753.
PACIFICA: Take Highway 1 South to Pacifica and take a left onto Crespi Drive. The park is at 540 Crespi Drive. You can see it from the highway. Also check out the Log Shop nearby that has an indoor bowl.
REDWOOD CITY: This park has many challenging lines as well as a huge vert. Take 101 South, exit at Whipple and head west to El Camino Real. Go South on El Camino until you hit Jefferson. Go right on Jefferson until you get to St. Francis Street and turn left. Go straight into the Red Morton Community Center parking lot and follow that all the way to the left. The skate park is on the right hand side.
SAN RAFAEL: The peanut bowl is the highlight of the park going from 7 to 10 feet. From 101 North take the Lucas Valley/Smith Ranch Road exit and continue to follow Smith Ranch Road. You will see a big sports complex and follow the signs that say skate park.