If you often life-or-death ollie onto the sidewalk in front of traffic, use words like "schralper," are decidedly not over Toy Machine gear, and frequently listen to the Faction, there are plenty of places to drop in throughout metro Phoenix.
While you'll find many concrete skate spots across the Valley, there are also several skate parks in town – even a skateboards-only park. So set your camera lens to fish-eye, and check out 13 skate parks from Chandler to Peoria.
Chandler Skate Park at the Snedigar Sportsplex
4500 South Basha Road
Open since 2000, the Chandler Skate Park at the Snedigar Sportsplex is located in south Chandler along Alma School Road between Riggs and Queen Creek roads. The Chandler Skate Park features two concrete bowls, decks, blocks, quarterpipes, pyramids, and rails – all designed by SITE Systems Design Group. This free skate park covers 35,000 square feet, and is a skate-at-your-own-risk facility. Summer hours are 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and winter hours are 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Chavez Skate Plaza
7858 South 35th Avenue, Laveen Village
A skate-at-your-own risk park, the Chavez Skate Plaza is a 10,000-square-foot street-style skate area within Cesar Chavez Park, established in 1971, at the southwest corner of 35th Avenue and Baseline Road in Laveen Village. The Chavez Skate Park is actually a grouping of five colorful concrete pathways intersecting over about an acre of grassy land. Features include floating hubba ledges, a bench with a flat bar, stairs, and rails. Around since 2011, the park is public and free, and open from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. – but there are no lights at the park for night skating.
Desert West Skateboard Plaza
6602 West Encanto Boulevard
Known locally as the Encanto skate park or D-west, Desert West Skateboard Plaza is located at the northeast corner of 67th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard between McDowell and Thomas roads. Covering 25,000 square feet, this park only allows skateboards (maximum length of 34 inches, like most skate parks), and offers everything from curbs, bumps, and hips to a fun box, steps with steel ledges, and three bowls. Desert West also plays host to the PhxAM Skateboard Tournament, and has been seen on ESPN. This skate-at-your-own-risk facility is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dust Devil Skate Plaza
10645 West Camelback Road, Glendale
Joined with Dust Devil Park in Glendale, the Dust Devil Skate Plaza is located at the southeast corner of 107th Avenue and Camelback Road. The Dust Devil Skate Plaza consists of 9,000 square feet of cast (not concrete) surface constructed by California Skateparks, and features rails and benches, plus four individual ramps. There is also lighting for night skating, drinking fountains, and shade trees. This free, skate-at-your-own-risk facility allows in-line skates and skateboards, and the park is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Freestone Skate Park
1045 East Juniper Avenue, Gilbert
Located at Juniper and Lindsay roads in Gilbert, the Freestone Skate Park is a free, unsupervised skate court open to skateboards, in-line skates, and scooters in Freestone Park. The Freestone Skate Park was opened in 2001, and spans 22,000 square feet across three sections, and includes a large street course with a pyramid, small bowl, and hips, plus a sizable spine bowl, and large boomerang bowl. Designed by Site Design Group, the Freestone Skate Park is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and is closed every first Tuesday for maintenance.
Goodyear Skate Park
3151 North Litchfield Road in Goodyear
The Goodyear Community Park and skate court is located northwest of Litchfield and Indian School roads in northern Goodyear. The Goodyear Skate Park is open to skateboards, in-line skates, and RipSticks, and though the Goodyear Skate Park is unsupervised, helmets are required at this facility. The 30,000-square-foot concrete skate park opened in 2009, and features a massive bowl, cradles, and a semi snake designed by Site Design Group. The free Goodyear Skate Park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the summer, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through the winter.
Hermoso Skate Plaza
2030 East Southern Avenue
A gem of Hermoso Park, the Hermoso Skate Plaza is located at the northeast corner of 20th Street and Southern Avenue in south Phoenix. This free skate park yields steel, above-ground features, including a pyramid with grind boxes, grind benches, a grind rail, a fun box, and two ramps. The Hermoso skate park is skate-at-your-own-risk, and available to in-line skates and skateboards. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. – and features lights for after sunset.
McDowell Mountain Ranch Skate Park
15525 North Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale
Located southwest of Thompson Peak Parkway and McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, the McDowell Mountain Ranch Skate Park is part of the McDowell Mountain Ranch Park & Aquatic Center in north Scottsdale. The skate facility spans 16,000 square feet, and is open to skateboarders and inline skaters from sunrise to 10:30 p.m. Features include tables, benches, planters, and ledges, plus a 10-foot-deep bowl. A skate park access system is in place for Scottsdale skate parks, meaning there is a $1 a day drop-in rate, or $26 for lifetime access, after filling out a waiver and purchasing a pass.
Paradise Valley Skate Park
17402 North 40th Street
Open to inline skates and skateboards, Paradise Valley Skate Park (you’ll find it on Google maps as Helen Wilcox Skate Park Plaza) is located on 40th Street north of its intersection with Bell Road. This Phoenix skate park was established in 2001 with 26,000 square feet of concrete, and features like kidney, spine, and kinked snake bowls, a street plaza, a lengthy funbox, and flatbars, pump bumps, grinding ledges, a banked alley, and ramps. This skate park is free and skate-at-your-own risk, and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Pecos Skate Park
17010 South 48th Street
Found at the northwest corner of 48th Street and Pecos Parkway (you have to enter from 48th Street by way of Chandler Boulevard) in southeast Phoenix, the Pecos Skate Park is a free skate plaza allowing in-line skates and skateboards. The 30,000-square-foot skate court opened in 1999, and features a street plaza, flatbars, some grinding ledges and blocks, pump bumps, sloped ramps, and beginner and advanced bowls. The park is skate-at-your-own risk, with safety gear recommended but not enforced, and open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Reed Park Wheels Court
1601 East Broadway Road, Mesa
“Open to bikes, boards, blades,” and kick scooters to boot, Reed Park Wheels Court is found in the middle of the 19-acre Reed Park in Mesa, just southwest of Broadway and Gilbert roads. Established in 2000, the concrete skate court is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., and features quarterpipes, ledges, and rails within a large, sunk-in basin, a microbowl, and a donut or “O” bowl complete with spine in the middle. Reed Park also offers parking, shady picnic spots and ramadas, public restrooms, and lights for night skaters.
Rio Vista Skate Park
8866-A West Thunderbird Road, Peoria
Also known as the Peoria Skate Park, the Rio Vista Skate Park is located within the 52-acre Rio Vista Community Park – open from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. – at the northwest corner of 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road. The 32,000-square-foot concrete court is open to skateboards, in-line skaters, and scooters, and features an amoeba or pool bowl, spines, rails, ledges, stairs, and a launch ramp. Rio Vista Skate Park has hosted events like the Volcom Stone Wild in the Parks Championship and the Desert Dog Bowl Jam.
Wedge Skate Park
7650 East McDowell Road, Scottsdale
Set just west of McDowell and Hayden roads, the skate-at-your-own-risk Wedge Skate Park is found within Eldorado Park in south Scottsdale. The Wedge is a 20,000-square-foot facility featuring curbs and rails, plus a fun box, amoeba bowl, launch box, quarterpipe, and pyramid, for skateboards and in-line skates from sunrise to 10:30 p.m. Plans began in 1994 when “the Skate Park project was initiated by City Council direction, after several teens approached the council asking for a facility to skate in Scottsdale," says Erin McKallor-Quill, City of Scottsdale Parks and Recreation operations supervisor, in an e-mail. “We continue to talk with the skate community and hear from skaters that skated here.”