If your child is dreaming of being the next big thing in the world of skateboarding, San Diego has a lot to offer! Skateparks can be found in almost every area (there are over 30!), and with some practice and a few falls, your child can turn into a rad little ripper (and hopefully spare you too many heart attacks!).

gingeranderson-cvskatepark Carmel Valley Skate Park photo by: Ginger Anderson

City of San Diego Skateparks

The City of San Diego operates five parks at no cost to the skater, all open 365 days of the year. Each one unique; it’s worth the drive to new parks to experience the different tricks and features. City skateparks are for skateboards, roller skates and in-line skates; bikes and scooters are not allowed although we’ve found this rule isn’t usually followed. Rob Field Skatepark in Ocean Beach is one of San Diego’s first skateparks and also one of the largest, at 40,000 square feet.

Locations: Logan Heights, Carmel Valley, City Heights, Rancho Peñasquitos, Ocean Beach
Online: sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/skateparks
Hours: 10 a.m. – dusk
Cost: free

In addition to the city skateparks, there are 30 other parks to check out around our amazing town! A comprehensive list can be seen here; a few of our favorites for the younger crowd:

Krause Family Skate & Bike Park

Rumor has it that many pros stop by to skate here regularly, but we love it because it’s San Diego’s only supervised skatepark! Unlike other parks where you can drop in and stay as long as you like, this park has three sessions each day, so be sure to plan your visit accordingly.

3401 Clairemont Drive
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 246-6731
Open skate sessions: 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 2-5 p.m., 5-dusk
Cost: YMCA membership or Day Pass required ($10/child)
Online: ymca.org/missionvalley/facilities/skate-park.html

skateboard kidphoto: Incase via flickr 

Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA Skate Park

If your little shredder is a bit nervous about hitting up a skatepark for the first time, head to the Magdalenda Ecke YMCA for your first adventure. The park features a Mini Land, for those who want a safer environment to test their skills. For four local schools, they offer an after-school program, which includes pick-up, snack, homework time and free skate.

200 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-9622
Open skate sessions: Varies by day; check website for details
Cost: Skate park members: $5; Non-members: $10
Online: ymca.org/ecke/programs/skate-park.html

Aura Skatepark

Aura is an in-door facility location in Vista, and is way more than just a skatepark. In addition to lessons, they offer training, after-school programs, birthday parties and even Autism Skate Clinics. Another perk is the family lounge; with free wi-fi, pool table, arcade games and toys for the little ones.

1074 La Mirada Court
Vista, CA 92081
(760) 542-0232
Online: auraskateboarding.com

Note: Aura Skatepark is currently remodeling their entire park! They will open late October 2016; be sure to check it the website for exact dates and then head over to check it out!

flickrminiskaters-bigdprender605x540photo: miniskaters via flickr

Stay in line!

You’ll find most parks abide by a set of golden rules:

  • Children under 12 must have an adult with them!
  • Safety first! Helmets and proper padding (elbow, wrist & knee) is a must.
  • Some parks are for skateboarders only, while others also allow bikes and scooters.
  • It’s a blast to watch the talent, but do so in the designated areas rather than in the actual park with the skaters.
  • Teach your child to yell “board!” if they lose control over their skateboard. That gives others a heads up for safety purposes.
  • Please help keep the skate parks clean!

Tell us, which San Diego skatepark does your family love?

— Ginger Anderson