Not too long ago, the idea of Seattle having its own skateboard park was just a far off dream. Today though, they can be found everywhere in every community with more springing up all the time. One of the best things about these parks is that no two are completely the same. Some are more challenging while other cater more to beginners. Some are open for long hours thanks to special lighting and some are better suited for when the weather is bad. The best part of these five locations is that they are free!
Jefferson Park
3801 Beacon Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108
www.seattle.gov/parks

Built in 2012, Jefferson Park is one of the few outdoor parks that has lights so skaters can skate for as long as they want. It was designed to meet the needs of skaters of all levels. The most popular section is the big bowl that borrows down to an incredible 11 feet. Alongside the big bowl are a few shallower bowls for those not quite ready to take the plunge. The park also has a hexagonal dish that “appears to float in the air” according to Seattle Parks and a few streetscape features.

Delridge Skate Park
4458 Delridge Way S.W.
Seattle, WA 98106
www.seattle.gov/parks

Built in 2011, the West Seattle Delridge Skate Park spans about 13,000 square feet and was built with skateboarders of every skill level in mind. Highlights include a 10 foot deep egg-shaped bowl and flow bowl with depths that range from four feet to seven feet. The park is partially covered with shade and there is a picnic area nearby and a playground for children nearby.

Lower Woodland Park
5201 Green Lake Way N.
Seattle, WA 98103
www.seattle.gov/parks

This 17,000 square foot skate park near Green Lake was designed by Wally Hollyday and features a deep clover-shaped pool and flow bowl with hips and various dips and pockets. “Red Tricycle” has called the park “bowls and bowls of fun for young skaters and observers alike.” The lighted park also has a street course and features the beauty of Green Lake.

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Marginal Way Skate Park
S. Hanford St. and E. Marginal Way
Seattle, WA 98134
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The Marginal Way Skate Park has a sordid history as it was the previous home of prostitutes and drug dealers. The underused city property was cleaned up by local skaters, though they didn’t have permission to do so at the time. Today, the park makes smart use of land under the viaduct. It is a cool location for hot summer days and a respite for rainy days as well. The park does have a few drawbacks in that it doesn’t have lighting and because it is located right across from the Port of Seattle, it can be noisy.

Walter E. Hall Park
1226 S.W. Casino Road
Everett, WA 98201
(425) 257-8300
www.everettwa.gov

The much-praised skate park at the Walter E. Hall Park is about 25 miles north of Seattle, but worth the visit for avid skateboarders. The 14,000 park features a large tilted bowl with a couple of hips and flows into a street course. It also features quarter pipes, tight trannies, a pyramid with ledges and other obstacles. Local skaters like it because you can get a good speed from anywhere in the park and the surface is very smooth.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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