Despite some local opposition, skate parks have been working their way on the scene in the San Francisco Bay Area. None of these are indoor skate centers but are still great on any day it is not raining too much. If you have a skateboard and want to try your luck, here are some prime choices.
Alameda Skate Park — 1431 Redline Street — Located on the old Alameda Naval Base, this park was built with local efforts. Covering 15,000 square feet this cement park has bowls, city scapes and lots of jumps. Free to users; closes at sunset.
Hayward Skate Park — Located in Tennyson Park off Tennyson Road. Full of bowls that flow together nicely. Park is not too deep, but still fund. Includes some rails and city type stairs. Park has lights and is open after dark. Busy once school lets out, but great to skate during the morning any day.
Berkeley Skate Park — Situated in North Berkeley on Harrison, this park has a huge double bowl and excellent trannie areas. Large at 18,000 square feet this is one of the most popular parks in the area. Some of the concrete through areas have become a bit bumpy over the years, but this is what a skate park should be.
Livermore Skate Park: Found on South Livermore Avenue, perhaps a park less traveled. Mainly a bowl with some trannies this park is still fun. Closes at sunset. Has some city scenes; can be busy on weekends.
Dublin Skate Park: Built into the sports park on Gleason Drive, this park also fills up on the weekend. Built by the same company that build Livermore, some of the transitions are a little steep and the spines are not even. Has lights. Not bad local park once you master the trouble areas.
Palo Alto Skate Park: Located off Colorado D
rive. Outdoor park that is designed for skateboard experts. Filled with smooth ramps and transitions this park is all about staying in motion. Loaded with pools, this park is great for the city surface lover. And yes, that school around the corner is Stanford.
Sunnyvale Skate Park — Located off of Duane in a large grassy area. This park is one of the highest rated in the area. Full of bowls, and unique trannies, you can keep riding until your legs pull up from exhaustion or you make that small error. A much loved park. Free; closes at sunset.