The Top 16 Best Skate Parks In The World

Thanks to an increase in skateboarding′s popularity around the world, skate parks are now a familiar part of the urban landscape. Want to know where the top skate parks in the world are? Check out our handy guide.

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Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park, California, USA

If you are looking for unique design or a park which pertains to audacious and varied skating look no further than the LCRSP California. With smooth bowls, thimbles, cradles, a mega wall and its own dedicated street section, this skate park is superb and extremely varied, with something for everyone. However, the piece de resistance of this park has to be its huge pipe, the biggest in the world at 70ft (21m) long and 22ft (6.7m) wide. LCRSP is up there among the top skate parks in the US and the world.

Amazing Square Skate Park, Tokyo, Japan

Amazing Square is probably Japan’s premiere skate park. It is quite frankly huge and offers massive variation for both street and vert skaters. The park is open into the evening making for a fantastic night skate spot. It has a massive tunnel pipe that has a sphere shaped end that you can ride in if you desire - we recommend you have a little experience before going here!

Kona Skate Park, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Kona is a skating icon and one of the oldest skate parks still operating. Its pastel coloured concrete bowls and ramps make it pleasing to the eye as well as the board. With a more traditional design Kona is great to skate offering plenty of different obstacles. Its best features include a few hardcore bowls and an old school snake run. Kona is a really friendly park and offers a skate camp for newbies.

VANS Skate Park, California, USA

Built and run by the popular shoe makers, Vans Skate Park is two dimensional with a nice indoor section dominated by quality wooden ramps and a large outdoor area covered in concrete bowls, pools and verticals (verts). The park is extremely varied with obstacles ranging from indoor and outdoor street to the huge “Combi Pool” a 12ft (3.6m) deep concrete bowl with wild transitions. There is also a pee-wee section for new skaters and an area of the park which has moveable obstacles so that skaters can find their own lines.

Venice Beach, California

With its old school style snake run, excellent pool and a variety of street skating features situated on one of the most world renowned beaches, this park is an absolute must - with every major American pro coming to visit for years and years, its beach setting and location makes this our number one destination, however it is recommended that you take a helmet to the concrete oasis. And the best part is, it’s completely free from sunrise to sunset!

Marseille ‘Le Bowl De Marseille’ Skate Park, France

France’s largest outdoor skate park. MSP is visually stunning. Its bowls and pipes are adorned with vibrant graffiti and artwork which makes it aesthetically unique and sets it apart from others around the world. As a park it’s pretty good too! With plenty of variation among the verts, the park is designed to offer skaters of varying skill levels the opportunity to skate for long periods. MSP is a great place to skate and attracts a good crowd that comprises skaters from all over Europe.

SMP Skate Park, Shanghai, China

China’s largest park and home to the international competition “The Showdown”. Spanning nearly 45,000 square ft (13,700 square m) with a 12,000 square ft (3657 square m) viewing area for non-skaters, the SMP is massive. The park is simply incredible with almost any obstacle you can imagine but including some interesting bowl sections like the “double cup” and the “mondo bowl”. You will struggle to find a more fantastic park for vert skating.

Louisville Extreme Park, Louisville, Kentucky

This park is a rapturous concrete maze of bowls and ramps and is one of the largest skate parks in the US weighing in at a mighty 40,000 square ft (12,200 square m). It boasts a 24ft (7.3m) full pipe and seemingly endless bowls. Up there among the best in America and certainly the East Coast, Extreme Park is open 24 hours for endless riding ecstasy.

Black Pearl Skate Park, Cayman Islands

Black Pearl is colossal and encompasses a 62,000 square ft (18,900 sqaure m) of skateable area. The park has three specific courses tailored for different levels of ability all of which offer a flow and street section. As a further plus it is well lit during the evening to allow for great night skating. Add the location into the equation and Black Pearl must sit at the top of any skaters spots to hit list.

Burnside, Portland, Oregon, USA

Burnside is the epitome of the skate mentality. Originally built illegally by a group of skaters the park was sanctioned retrospectively by the city of Portland due to its popularity. Situated under the Burnside Bridge the park is a hidden urban gem which is free and has no pad or helmet rules. This park is for hardcore skaters and when skating you take your safety and behavior into your own hands. The city can choose at any time to close the park so behave yourself and enjoy this unique thoroughbred of skate spots.

Klamath Falls Skatepark, Oregon, USA

Far off the beaten path of the classic Portland scene in Southern Oregon is Klamath Falls, where it's rumored that the employees of Dreamland had this skate park commissioned for them as it was their most loved sport. There are numerous bowls and runs here, including an insane anaerobic bowl that is not for the newest of beginners, but is especially good if you have been practicing for just enough time to maintain your balance on a slight gradient - no tricks required!

Denver Skate Park, Colorado, USA

Located right on the Platte River just north of Downtown Denver, Colorado - an excellent place known for its counterculture scene and rocky mountains. this huge and scenic park has bowls for every style and skill level. The added bonus is that plus an extensive street course with ledges, hubbas, banks, and hips. It's open from 5 in the morning to 11 at night, with lights to illuminate the rockies - an unforgettable tourist experience that you don’t want to miss. Plus it was featured as one of the main parks in the Tony Hawk series from the gameboy right up to the Playstation 4, you know you want to be here.

Zumiez, Belgium

There are no super-imposing features to be found here, just a very well-built, well-maintained indoor park.  it is an excellently diverse park 60 miles (approx 96km) west of Brussels in Wevelgem. It can get crowded at times, but if you have the spare coins, it's available for private sessions after hours. Skate this park frequently with its  Hubbas, quarterpipes, vert ramp, flatbars, pyramids, ledges, euro gap and banks and you’ll be on the fast-track for improvement.

Stoke Plaza, Stoke-On-Trent, England

This $500,00 (over £348,000) skate park has the uniqueness of the urban landscape – handrails, steps and so on. There’s also a bunch of ramps and grinding areas, so it’s pretty much perfect for all levels of skating prowess. With its 34,000 sq ft (10,363 sq m) you know you’re in for an adrenaline fueled fun time in this hub located in the north of England.

Hyeres Skatepark, France

This is an amazing skatepark in the south of France, with its scattered palm trees you’ll feel as though you’re in the sunny climate of California - and who doesn’t want to be in California? With a street course that underwent a redesign in 2009, Hyeres will make you forget that beaches are nearby (but you may want to visit them).

Skatehalle Berlin, Germany

Set in the heart of Germany, with its Pyramids, hips, wallrides, hubbas, manual pads, euro gap, vert ramp, bowl, outdoor tight-tranny bowl/mini, banks, ledges, handrail and fire hydrant. It has the attractive feature of being both indoor and outdoor, wereas most of the parks mentioned above are one or the other, so if you want to mix it up in mainland Europe, this could be the place for you.