For the past 25 years, I have had many good reasons to keep up with local skateboarding culture. Mainly, I am a fan of the sport and advocate skateboarding as a sustainable transportation solution. For these reasons, I make it my business to know where the best local skate parks are in San Francisco.
In general, when it comes to skate parks in San Francisco, most people just head for the hills. However, on a skateboard, some of the hills fall into the ‘extreme’ category. On days where you aren’t feeling as brave, you will want to know where the local skate parks are.
Unfortunately, there are not as many skate parks as there need to be and they are often crowded. Nonetheless, this is not a reason to lose hope. If you show up, and it is too busy to skate, the best local skate parks will always have people that can tell you where else to go.
Are They Really The Best Local Skate Parks in San Francisco?
When you have at least five skate parks to choose from, you can always choose the top three. The problem in San Francisco is that there are only two official skate parks (and one more on its way). For the sake of keeping informal skate parks hidden, we will stick to the top three official skate parks that are available (as opposed to which ones are the best).
Potrero Skate Park Is The Best Local Skate Park in San Francisco
Built in 2008, the Potrero Skate Park is popular for several reasons. Mainly, the Potrero Hill neighborhood contains many hills and alternative structures for skating. That means that you do not need to worry about showing up and it is too busy to skate. If you need to take a break from the skate park, you can roam around the neighborhood for a while without there being too much traffic.
The park is officially known as the Potrero Del Sol/La Raza Park and it resides at 25th St and Utah. For a look at some photos to check out the park before you visit, consult the Sunny Days photoshoot by SFWeekly.com’s Photographer Joseph Schell.
Crocker-Amazon Is Popular Local Skate Park For Pool Skaters
While Crocker-Amazon is the best local skate park for pool skating, it is small. This means, if you go out of your way to skate there, you will find that it is busy on a sunny day. However, it is part of the Crocker-Amazon Playground and that means you can hang out until it is less crowded.
Crocker-Amazon Skate Park is located on Geneva Ave between Brookdale Ave and Moscow St. In the middle of the park on the Geneva St side is a parking lot. At the end of the parking lot is where the skate park is.
The Best Local Skate Park In San Francisco Coming Soon: Duboce/Waller Central Freeway (Spring 2012)
Due to the lack of skate parks, the city of San Francisco has promised to create an official skate park in the Hayes Valley/SOMA/Duboce neighborhood. The Central Freeway Project that includes the new skate park is referred to as Market/Octavia or SOMA West Project by the local government. You can see the designs that the city chose for the new skate park at the SF Department of Public Works website. This skate park will open in the Spring of 2012.
In order to be a part of ensuring more skate parks are built in San Francisco, join the SF Skateboarding Association.
For More Information:
SF Skateboarding Association
SFGoKids.com – Northern California Skate Parks
CaliSkatz.com – Informal Skate Spots in San Francisco
SkateSpotter.com – User Ranked Skate Spots In San Francisco