If I was planning a trip to Southern California to go skateboarding then these are the skateparks that I would make sure and visit. Due to traffic on any given day it would be pretty hard to hit them in a day but you could do it in two. Day One would be Vans Skatepark, Costa Mesa Skatepark and Etnies Skatepark. Day Two would be Chino Skatepark and then drive down to the Encinitas Ymca Skatepark.The best case scenerio would be a week vacation and you spend a day at each skatepark.
#1 Etnies Skatepark Lake Forest, California
Location: Lake Forest Drive and the 261 Toll Road
Address: 20028 Lake Forest Drive
A 40,000 Square Foot cement skatpark with something for everybody. Big Street course, a pool and a big flow section for the transition lovers
#2 Costa Mesa Skatepark Costa Mesa, California
Location: Arlington Drive and the 55 Freeway.
Directions: 405 to 55 South
Exit Baker Go Right
Bristol Street Go Left
Newport Blvd Go Right
Arlington Drive Go Right
Costa Mesa Skateboard Park is located inside Tewinkle Park.
This is a great skatepark. It has a small bowl that is very fun about 4 feet tall, a big bowl with a big long face wall and a good street course. The best part about this park is its layout. You don’t have boards shooting into the big bowl as your about to drop in from some kid that ate it on the street course.
#3 YMCA Magdalena Ecke Skatepark Encinitas, California
Location: 200 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
Check out our updated street course! In addition to our multiple ledges, rails, boxes, and mini ramps, we added a new four stairs designed for both beginners and experts.
Looking to go big? Drop in on our 120’ vert used at the 2003 X-Games.
We have two of the best cement pools in the country. One is a backyard style kidney pool the other is a multi-tiered clover bowl. Both pools have smooth transitions, flawless coping, and perfect tile.
For the beginners, mini land is the perfect place to learn. With gradual transitions and smaller ramps, mini land will help you learn proper techniques and maneuvers.
#4 Vans Skatepark Orange California
Location: 20 City Blvd W, Orange, CA 92868
The skatepark for the most part has a good vibe and has a solid mix of both street, transition, and vertical skateboarding. Highlights of the park include a remake of the Upland Pipeline Skate Park Combi-Bowl, an X-Games style vert ramp, a 2’ mini –ramp, a 5’ to 6’ mini-ramp with deathbox, a large tranny/street style skate plaza, a mini tranny/street style plaza, and an outdoor old school type skate area with large cement banks and a pyramid.
#5 Chino Skatepark Chino, California
Location: 14225 Central Ave, Chino, CA 91710
Features of the skatepark include a 3 leaf clover bowl with tile and pool coping, a 9′ square bowl, a huge endless flow section with banks and bowls ranging from 4′ to 7′, and a decent banked street section. This is one of those skateparks you will want to skate again and again. The skatepark is layed out well and the lines are endless.