Park Spotting – Glendale, California

by Sean Peterson

Where is it?

In Glendale, California-about ten miles north of Los Angeles, south of the 210 Freeway, and north of the 134 Freeway off of the 2 Glendale Freeway.

Directions?

Exit Mountain Avenue and head west. Pull over immediately and drop off your passengers so they can grab their skateboards and bomb this avenue. Put your pads on unless you’re a dagger, and be aware of the two lanes of traffic that may follow you down this incline-there’s no runaway truck ramp, but there should be. Pick up your passengers at the bottom of the hill, and take a right on Verdugo. Stay in the left lane, and when the road forks, follow Ca┬žada Boulevard. Just after the pedestrian bridge, look to your left and you’ll see the crashing concrete waves. Take a left into the park entrance for Verdugo Park.

What’s in the park?

This 15,000-square-foot park is designed for the hardcore transition enthusiast. It has a kidney pool with blue tiles, pool coping, and a deathbox, as well as a massive clover bowl with mostly metal coping but has an oververt section lined with pool coping. The snakerun is a mix of elements with a clamshell oververt pocket and is squashed between the other two bowls. There’re some small ledges and a rail around the park, but the street elements are really lacking.

Who designed it?

Site Design.

Hours?

Ten a.m. to ten p.m.

Does it have lights?

Yes.

What’s good about it?

Though it does suck for street skating, it rocks for rock ‘n’ rolls, so don’t deny it the love.

What’s bad about it?

The park’s major downfall is that Site Design didn’t simulate much street skating in the design. This is reasonable considering the space constrictions S.D. was given. A bowl can have many angles and provide an endless variety of lines, while street courses are logistically a more challenging endeavor.

What pros skate there?

Most likely it’s the tyranical veterans trucking around the park at 50 miles per hour.

Any admission fees?

No.

Do you have to wear pads?

Yes. Check with the pad nanny on duty.

What about cops?

Maybe.

When does it get crowded?

The park is busy at the typical times, like after school or in the afternoon. But one thing you’ll notice is there aren’t that many kids. I think it’s the massive transitions and pool coping that intimidates them.

What are the chances of getting beat up?

If you’re afraid you might get beat up, don’t worry. The park nanny will be there to hold your hand when you cry.

One to ten rating.

If I had to rate it on the fun factor, I’d have to give it a nine. As far as diversity, a five. This is based on the fact that there’s no Hubba-shame. An overall rating would have to be a six.