Summer is starting to melt away the slight chill of spring, so that means it’s time to grab your skateboard and get outside. Atlanta and the surrounding areas have several outdoor areas dedicated to skating. Check them out:
McKoy Skate Park (1000 Adams Street, Decatur, GA 30030): This is a rather small public skatepark in the Oakhurst Village area but well-kept. It is free, but keep in mind that there are no lights, so going before sunset is a good idea. The park has a few ramps with few obstacles. It is next to a park, so expect to see families around.
Little 5 Points, Atlanta, GA: Not officially a skate park, but skaters have been taking over this area for many years. It’s free to the public. Just watch out for tourists.
Swift-Cantrell Skate Park (3140 N. Main St., Kennesaw, GA, 30144). Not every one lives in the city, and this park is far OTP (Outside the Perimeter). However, it’s open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., is free, has half pipes and ramps, and is great for kids. Because this is a family park, expect lots of kids. It can get pretty packed on weekends.
Hazard County Skate Park (393 McDonough Pkwy., McDonough, Ga 30253): Take a drive for 30 minutes south on Interstate 75 to get to this massive indoor skate park. This park has different prices depending on how long you are there — $5 for an hour, $8 for two hours or $20 for all day – and generally follows the school schedule during the week (because school is cool, kids). It has more hours during the weekend and holiday breaks. If you are a frequent visitor, you can get a membership for $75 a month. Hazard County has something for every level of skater, and being indoors this might be the best park to visit during our sweltering summers.
Fourth Ward Skate Park (766 Willoughby Way NE,Atlanta, GA 30312): Many local skaters await this new park outside downtown Atlanta, which will be opening in June 2011. The park was funded by the Tony Hawk Foundation to help the Atlanta BeltLine project to revitalize area public spaces. It is still under construction but looks very promising with ramps and bowls throughout the park. It will be open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.
If you’re tired of skating in your neighborhood, check out one of these parks today.