Denver-Area Skateparks: 5 Places to Ride the Concrete Waves 1

Denver-Area Skateparks: 5 Places to Ride the Concrete Waves

With Colorado’s mountains and open plains, wave riders may experience ocean withdrawals in the beautiful landlocked state. But the Denver area offers an alternative sport experience. Boarders can trade surf for skate and head to the local skateparks for a day of riding the concrete waves.

Here are five parks that will push even the most established thrasher or offer a fun skateboard ride.

Boulder Skatepark, at Scott Carpenter Park
1505 30th St., at Arapahoe Avenue, behind the firehouse.
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This skater’s paradise, filled with half pipes, wall rides and pyramids to make a rhythm section of endless combinations, is great for intermediate to advanced skaters. The unsupervised, 16,000 square foot park, is tucked into the back corner of the facility, the three-leaf clover bowls combine steep walls, smooth transitions and a spin transfer that make this section enticing to skaters of every skill level.

Open from dawn to dusk; the park is free and open to all skateboarders. No pads are required, although highly recommended by the city of Boulder. Boarders can make it a day at the park, which is equipped with coin-operated snack and soda machines, a water fountain, shade and bathrooms. The park is next to Scott Carpenter Pool, so during the summer when the sun reaches its peak, riders can cool off in the pool.

Louisville Skatepark
Located east of South McCaslin Boulevard and Via Appia Way, at the Louisville Senior Center
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Louisville Skatepark
The Louisville Skatepark has something for every skater.

This small yet fun park is perfect for the developing rider. Whether doing new tricks, dropping in on the short walls or getting that first air, the Louisville Park is a great place to learn the ropes. It features a snaking rhythm section, multiple half pipes, a separate kidney bowl and a street section.

Amenities include water fountains, cool shade and bathrooms. Lights kick on in the evening, extending the play time into the cooler hours of the day. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year-round. This is an unsupervised facility. The park strongly recommends helmets and other protective gear.

Denver Skatepark

2205 19th St. (near 20th Street and Little Raven Street, exit 212c from Interstate 25)
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This is one of the Denver Skateparks that is truly a gem. This park is a veritable wonderland for skateboards. Curls, ripples, walls, railing and multiple bowls in a variety of sizes will captivate every skater of varying abilities.

The Denver Skatepark is the most extensive on the list, and is easily identified by the red pavement. Skaters should use caution because the red cement can be slick.

You can think of this as a huge skatepark as it offers 60,000 square feet of skate-able terrain. The street course is located on the south side of the park while the entire north side offers challenging bowls. These bowls range from micro to a 7/10 feet kidney. It is great because it has something to offer at every skill level. If you visit the east side, you will discover the recently opened Phase 2 area. Here you can find huge banked hips surrounded by ledges and rails.

The facility is open seven days a week. It opens at 5 a.m. and, with the aid of stadium lights, stays open until 11 p.m. The park has multiple shady areas, a water fountain, bathrooms and street parking.

Hyland Hills Skatepark
8650 Zuni St., Westminster, at the Hyland Hills Sports Complex, the “Zuni Skatepark” is located next to Water World.

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Check out the terrain at the Hyland Hills Skatepark.

Another of Colorado Skateparks is located at 8650 Zuni St., Westminster, at the Hyland Hills Sports Complex, the “Zuni Skatepark” is located next to Water World.

Split into three sections, this skatepark is a great place to learn some new skills. The east end is the beginner section. A small pyramid and one foot wall, with plenty of space to practice ground tricks, make up the area.
The other two sections make up the other side of the park. They sit at a slight decline, incorporating the natural slope of the lot, which creates a flow through each feature for a fabulous rhythm section.

Smaller street-style features line the perimeter of the park’s larger features. Bowls and half pipes occupy the deep end of the park, in addition to the two pipes divided by a spine for aerials and transfers.

Hyland Hills is open from dawn to dusk; bikes are welcome. The park is open year-round, weather permitting. A pavilion provides shade; bathrooms and water are available near the batting cages, and there is ample parking across the street.

Sandstone Ranch
2525 E. Highway 119, east of Longmont
www.ci.longmont.co.us/parks/park_list/skate.htm

This is the deep end of skateparks, made up of three sections – a street section with a 10-foot quarterpipe, a kidney bowl and a rhythm section, making the park good for intermediate and advanced skaters. The park is not regularly staffed or supervised. No attendant is on duty, and you use the park at your own risk.

Equipped with stadium lights, the park is an ideal way to spend a late day. The best skaters come out when the kids go home for dinner, but bring your mosquito repellent.

The park is open from dawn to 11 p.m., and BMX bikes are welcome (but no pegs allowed). Facilities include shade, ample parking, bathrooms and water fountains. Other park options include soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a playground and miniature golf course.

Colorado Skatepark Locations

Boulder Skatepark, at Scott Carpenter Park
1505 30th St., at Arapahoe Avenue, behind the firehouse.
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Louisville Skatepark
Located east of South McCaslin Boulevard and Via Appia Way, at the Louisville Senior Center
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Sandstone Ranch
2525 E. Highway 119, east of Longmont
www.ci.longmont.co.us/parks/park_list/skate.htm

Denver Skatepark
2205 19th St. (near 20th Street and Little Raven Street, exit 212c from Interstate 25)
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Hyland Hills Skatepark
8650 Zuni St., Westminster, at the Hyland Hills Sports Complex, next to Water World
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