20 Of The Best Skateparks In The World

Through the years, skateparks have come and gone, but the abundance of skateparks that have sprouted up within the last decade is beyond impressive. Skateboarding continues to take over the world and we love it! And in a time where less baseball fields and basketball courts are being built in public spaces due to the demand for skateparks, we figured it was time to give a nod to some of our favorites. Might be a DIY park or a 75,000 sq. ft. dreamland… regardless, there’s a flavor for every skateboarder out there.

Now, before you all get too riled up, understand that this list of ours is simply based off of opinions through research, travels, personal experience and word of mouth. There are literally thousands and thousands and thousands of skateparks in the world and the majority of them are incredible. But this is our list. Ya dig?!

*Comment your favorite park below

Burnside


Portland, Oregon
Address: SE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Christened in 1990 under the east end of Burnside Bridge the project set the template for renegade DIY skatepark construction worldwide. Burnside remains one of the most culturally important, ATV influential, and gloriously difficult skateparks to master on the planet. —Mackenzie Eisenhour

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Washington St.


San Diego, California
Address: Washington Street, Pacific Hwy US 101, San Diego, CA 92101
A true DIY success story, in the vein of Burnside, Washington Street was built by hand over several years by San Diego skateboarders. It's big transitions and rugged coping are unforgiving, but it's an awe-inspiring work of concrete and function. No bikes, no blades, and close the gate behind you. —Blair Alley

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Black Pearl


Cayman Islands
Address: Grand Harbour, Cayman Islands
The largest skatepark in the Western Hemisphere when it opened in 2005—the Cayman Island's Black Pearl combines sheer size and flow-ability with one of the most desirable travel destinations and one of the coolest names ever coined. While new larger parks have popped up in China and even San Jose, CA the Black Pearl stays high on anyone's list. —Mackenzie Eisenhour

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LES


Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City
Address: 62 Monroe St & Pike St., New York, NY 10002
In 2012, Nike SB invested in the Coleman Oval Park and transformed it from a lot full of rocks and boxes into the world-class skatepark it is today. Every event in NYC (Go Skateboarding Day, Harold Hunter Weekend, Das Days, Come Up Tour) goes down here. If that's not enough, NY's finest skaters film insane IG clips here daily. —Blair Alley

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Grant Park


Chicago, Illinois
Address: 1135 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago's Grant Park sits conveniently in the heart of downtown Chi-town. It's the preferred location for Damn Am, Boardr Am, and any other contest rolling through town. It's long and spacious with tons of ledges, flat bars, manny pads, and even a bit of transition. —Blair Alley

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NOORD


Amsterdam
Address: Aambeeldstraat 12, 1021 KB Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam's uber fun park on the north side of the city. Simply take one of the free ferry's across the water and petal your rental bike along the docks and waterways until you find this oasis kitted with an outdoor patio, bar, lounges and observation decks. The Dutch know design, and this park is one of the most fun to cruise in all of Europe. —Blair Alley

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Venice


Venice Beach, California
Address: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Located right on the sand in the heart of Dogtown, the Venice park is as much a lifestyle as a place to skate (just ask the locals). It has it all: A snake run, good transition, proper pool, stairs, ledges, rails, boxes and a few little hidden gems for those with the right eye. If you’re ever in Venice, it shouldn’t even be a question. Stop by and check it out. It’ll be crowded but the people-watching is fun too. —Brian Blakely

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Glenn Rhodes Skatepark


Boise, Idaho
Address: 1555 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702
This place is insane. Home to X Games the past two years and originally designed in 1992, then Glenn Rhodes skatepark is a prime example of how big skateboarding is getting. It was redesigned by the Grindline crew in 2015 from wooden/metal ramps and a few flatbars and boxes into the impressive beast it is today. 40,000 sq ft of skateable space makes this park a number 1 contender for largest skatepark in the NW (rivaling only Lincoln City)! If you’re ever in Boise, this place is a MUST SEE! —Brian Blakely

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Kona


Jacksonville, Florida
Address: 8739 Kona Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32211
Having opened its doors in June 1977, Kona is the oldest surviving privately owned skatepark on the planet. Boasting the legendary snake runs, bowls, ramps and street sections and credited with conceiving the modern "vert" ramp in the late '70s Kona is prerequisite pilgrimage for any and all skateboarders. —Mackenzie Eisenhour

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City Heights


San Diego, California
Address: Park De La Cruz, 3603 38th street San Diego, CA 92105.
One of San Diego's newest parks, Kanten Russell and Stantec nailed the design with a nice flowing street section bookended by bowls at both ends. City Heights is a neighborhood that's not quite gentrified yet, so it's great to see that community get an awesome skatepark. There's never a dull moment there with the locals! —Blair Alley

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Linda Vista


San Diego, California
Address: 6893 Osler St, San Diego, CA 92111
The largest skatepark in San Diego county at nearly 35,000 square feet! It's got everything you could possibly want to skate, and probably a lot you don't! That full pipe is gnarly! It's so big there's a bridge going over the whole thing to get across and for spectators. It's worth visiting just to get your mind blown. —Blair Alley

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Skatepark of Tampa


Tampa, Florida
Address: 4215 E Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33605
What more can be said about the most notorious skatepark and contest series in the history of our culture? Hats off to Brian Schaefer for keeping things fun and sweaty in Tampa since 1993. When the contest is in town, this place is like skating's Thunderdome. Add in the moat race, Ybor City, and the concrete course out back and SPoT should be on your bucket list. —Blair Alley

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Stoner


Los Angeles, California
Address: 1835 Stoner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Inaugurated in 2010 as a replacement for the West LA Courthouse, Stoner Skate Plaza—immediately recognizable for it's telltale smooth colored ground and obstacles and located in the heart of Dogtown—quickly became one of the most visited and famous skateparks in the world. —Mackenzie Eisenhour

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Volcom Brothers Skatepark


Mammoth Lakes, California
Address: 1390 Meridian Blvd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Nestled in the mountains of beautiful Mammoth Lakes, California, the Volcom Brothers skatepark should be on every skateboarders bucket list. In true DIY fashion, this park has super-smooth concrete uniquely built right up to the boulders that claimed the land decades before anything was built. There’s a giant cradle, a Burnside wall, lumps, humps, a big ass bowl, a loveseat wall, and zillions of different transfers and trannies for those looking for a different line. Don’t worry, there are plenty to find! It’s like nothing you’ll ever see… until you get there. —Brian Blakely

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Sunnyvale


San Jose, California
Address: 540 Fair Oaks Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Made famous from enjoi Skateboards’ film, Bag of Suck, the Sunnyvale park is located right off the 101 North in San Jose, California, and lies in the shade of broad-leafed trees and Old English charm in the 18-acre Fair Oaks Park. It has a bit of everything for skaters young and old; pros and beginners and everyone in between. It might get a little crowded on the weekends but don’t let that stop you! Can’t you hear the song now? “I want a Sunday, kind of love…—Brian Blakely

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Spring Skatepark


North Houston, Texas
Address: 12351 Kuykendahl Rd, Houston, TX 77090
Beyond anything I can say, this park is genuinely huge. There’s an “everything’s bigger in Texas” cliche floating around here somewhere but I’ll spare myself. What’s important is that this park literally has it all and then some. I’m talking 75,000+ sq. feet of bowls, full-pipes, ramps, rails, banks, stairs, hips and plenty of nooks and crannies to keep you entertained for hours. To say the least, it’s an overwhelming skateboard paradise. Alright, fuck it: Everything is bigger in Texas! —Brian Blakely

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Derby


Santa Cruz, California
More hallowed ground from the '70s skatepark golden age—Derby was designed in 1974 by Ken Wormhoudt—opened in '76, had the platforms added in the late '80s, and got a full makeover/resurfacing in 2012. With the original design still largely unchanged, Derby is today one of the oldest still standing public skateparks in the world and still one of the funnest to BBQ at. —Mackenzie Eisenhour

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Prado


Marseilles, France
Address: 197 avenue Pierre Mendès, 13008 Marseille, France
As the early-to-mid '90s skatepark resurgence got under way, Marseilles' Prado skatepark—five connected bowls, ranging from 6 to 11 feet on a topless beach were pegged as the gold standard. Opened on July 12th, 1991, Prado quickly became a coveted destination for visiting US pros and hosted the legendary Quicksilver Bowlrider series for half a decade. —Mackenzie Eisenhour

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Oslo Skate Hall


Norway
Address: Stavangergata 28, 0467 Oslo, Norway
The skatepark of the future. Completed in January 2017, Oslo Skate Hall looks more like a modern art museum than a skatepark. State-of-the-art infrastructure and cutting edge architecture are just about the last things anyone could have expected to be applied to skateparks back in the '90s, but if this is what the future looks like, count us in. —Mackenzie Eisenhour

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Lynch Family Skatepark


Boston, Massachusetts
Opened Nov. 15, 2005 the Lynch Family Skatepark in Boston is 40,000 feet of skateboarding heaven spearheaded by the Charles River Conservancy. Amongst nearly endless obstacles and terrain, the park contains nods to many of Boston's most famous historical skate spots--most specifically, Copley Square, where the artist Nancy Schön initially saw skateboarders interacting with her sculptures and decided to help them find more outlets. —Mackenzie Eisenhour

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*Honorable Mention:

Poods


Encinitas, California
Address: 429 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
If the Transworld staff had to agree on one park in San Diego county being the best, it would be the Encinitas Skate Plaza, aka Poods Park (check our own Mike Fitzgerald and Keegan Callahan in the edit!) Designed once again by Kanten Russell, with input from the TWS staff, several iconic San Diego skatespots were recreated. The whole place flows, it's butter smooth, and it's close to the beach and our office. Rest in peace Ian "Poods" Barry. —Blair Alley

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