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A guide to the city’s most notable skateparks.
California, and particularly Los Angeles, has a long history of skateboard culture. The city was the first to host the Skateboarding Championship in 1963 and introduced us to Dogtown surfers and legendary skateboarders like Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta. L.A. is also home to over 21 skateparks, including those recently featured by Discover Los Angeles here:
Venice Beach Skate Park
A quintessential oceanfront skatepark, Venice Beach Skate Park is always packed with skateboarders young and old, rookie and seasoned. While the views outside the park are pretty amazing to behold, the ones you catch in the park will often take your breath away. With a variety of features like concrete stairs, snake runs, and deep pools, this 20,000 square-foot park is just calling out for skateboarders to perform all kinds of tricks. Best people watching place around. If you want to try your hand at skateboarding, just don’t forget your helmet! You’ll find skateboarders like Matt LeMond, Blake Johnson, and Leandre Sanders practicing here. Stop by for a ride so you can watch them live instead of on YouTube.
Skatelab makes you feel like you just stepped into one of Tony Hawk’s Underground video game series, but it’s actually real life. The park, which opened its doors in 1997, was originally designed by Team Pain and built by local volunteer skaters. It’s now one of the oldest skateparks in the region, and home to the Skateboard Museum, the Skateboard Hall of Fame, and an indoor skatepark with four fun and unique sections for skateboarders to explore. Get inspired to hit the park by perusing the museum’s 5,000 vintage skateboards and learning about the sport’s legends. Located in Simi Valley, the park offers day passes for $17 and annual passes for $49. All safety gear is available for rent.
At first glance, Belvedere Skatepark may not seem as impressive as the iconic parks of Venice Beach or Santa Monica. But this East L.A. community skatepark has some tricks up its sleeve. Upon skating it, skateboarders realize the joys of wide wall rides and playing on the ample street course sections. If you are looking to improve your transition game, this is the spot. It’s a fun concrete jungle and one of the best skateparks in East L.A.
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