Best Skate Parks in Washington, D.C.

June 5, 2015 8:00 AM

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Skateboarding made a major comeback in the past decade or so, but it was never really gone. Skate parks present the perfect opportunity for skaters to hone their craft while getting to know other riders in the community. Whether you are a seasoned skateboarding vet or are looking for a place for your kids to skate, there are plenty of great parks all around the city.
Powhatan Springs Skatepark
6020 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22205
(703) 228-7529
www.parks.arlingtonva.us

Right over the river in Arlington is the Powhatan Springs Park, which is home to the Powhatan Springs Skatepark. It is one of the best, if not the best, skateparks in the area. The well planned skate park is almost 15,000 square and features a long list of skating options that include flat rails, round rails, vert extensions, bowls, half-pipes, a grate gap and more. But don’t go to this skatepark if you just want to watch; no spectators are allowed. So get your board, head to Powhatan Springs and practice your kick-flips.

Rockville Skate Park
355 Martins Lane
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 314-8620
www.md-rockville.civicplus.com

Run by the City of Rockville, this community skate park is open and free to the public. A special skate park, it was created, designed and decorated with suggestions and donations from local artist and skaters. Because it was specifically designed for skaters, bikers and boarders, it is a favorite amongst people in the city. Some of the features include funboxes, hubba ledges, ramps, rails, a Euro-gap and more. Boarders of all ages and skill sets can enjoy this park, but if your little boarder needs a little more instruction, they offer summer camps for kids from the ages of six to 14. It’s a great way to keep your kids active and away from the television for awhile.

Maloof Skate Park
2400 E. Capitol St. N.E
Washington, DC 20003

Designed after Freedom Plaza near the White House, Maloof Skate Park was opened a few years ago near RFK Stadium. Maloof Money Cup built the park as part of their initiative to bring skateboarding to communities, and to promote the sport. Although there were some issues with the park, it is currently open for skateboarders. Everyone from advanced to beginner skaters can enjoy the park, with its many features including a vert wall, rails, steps, a quarter pipe and more.

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Woodside Urban Park
8800 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 495-2595
www.montgomeryparks.org

Woodside Urban Park is not one of Montgomery County’s most talked about parks, but it does offer a number of activities for the Silver Spring community. The 2.3 acre park includes a playground, basketball court, handball court and a skateboarding area. With 3,500 square feet of space, there is plenty of room to try out your tricks. Check out this urban park for a day of skating.


Schuyler Hamilton-Jones Skatepark

3540 Wheeler Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22066
(703) 838-4343

A great park for beginners and intermediaries, the Schuyler Hamilton-Jones Skatepark is designed for children and adolescents. The rules allow for a safe and fun environment for your children to skateboard, which includes the enforcement of elbow pads, knee pads and helmets. The street course offers high quarters, a half pipe and plenty of rails to grind on. And if your children are looking to take skateboard lessons, there is a school that offers them at this park.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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