Park Spotting-Houghton Skatepark

Where is it?

The park’s located within Houghton Park in Long Beach, California.

Directions?

From the 91 Freeway, take the Atlantic exit and make a left. Turn left onto Artesia Boulevard, and then make a right onto Myrtle Avenue. Houghton Park’s down the street a little bit on your left-hand side.

What’s in the park?

The 25,000-square-foot all-concrete park with one main bowl surrounded with street obstacles. The shallower pocket is five feet deep, while the other pocket cascades to six feet deep-both are separated by a spine. At the opposite end, the bowl waterfalls to a seven-foot-deep, rounded square with an eight-foot-wide tombstone to get gnarly on. The street area is adjacent to the bowl section and features many sets of stairs-a big three, a four set, and a set of ten with a rail alongside. There’re plenty of rails and ledges sprinkled throughout the street area.

Who designed it?

It was designed by Purkiss-Rose.

Hours?

The park is open from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Does it have lights?

Yes.

What’s good about it?

The park is spaced out nicely and has plenty to skate for all ability levels. It’s good for the street dog or the tranny hog.

What’s bad about it?

Bikes are allowed on certain days, but since the park is unmonitored, you might find flying metal on any given day. Bike collisions are no fun.

What pros skate there?

Since it’s in the LBC, you might spot any of the Long Beach locals on any given day.

Any admission fees?

No fees.

Do you have to wear pads?

Of course-pads are always required in California. But since the park is unmonitored, it’s up to you.

What about cops?

Shouldn’t be a problem, but you really never know when they might need to get their ticket count up.

When does it get crowded?

Probably after school and whenever too many bikers show up.

What are the chances of getting beat up?

It’s up to you-don’t be lame and have an attitude.

One to ten rating.

Somewhere around a 6.5 or seven. The park isn’t perfect, but it has many good things to talk about.-Eric Sentianin