If your Nyjah Huston in training needs more space to land his tricks, it might be time to stop surfing the sidewalk and head over to one of San Diego’s coolest kid-friendly skate parks. From a Mini Land that caters to beginners to bowls where local pros practice, read on for six skate destinations for your little shredder’s next adventure.
Krause Family Skate & Bike Park
Don’t be surprised if your little one rubs elbow pads with a few local pros at Krause Family Skate Park since many of San Diego’s best skaters practice here regularly. That said, there’s nothing to be intimidated by since all ages and skills are welcome. Just have your dude or dudette pad up and get ready to enjoy the rails, jump boxes and quarter pipes in a fun and positive environment.
3401 Clairemont Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92117
Open skate sessions: 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 2-5 p.m., 5-dusk
Cost: YMCA membership or Day Pass required ($10/child)
Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA Skate Park
Easing into the skate park scene? Try Magdalenda Ecke YMCA for your first adventure. The park features a Mini Land so small skaters can test their skills in a safe environment. They also offer skate lessons, birthday parties and after school skate. While your little one is learning the ropes, keep an eye out for pro skater Brighton Zeuner, who at the age of 12 is the youngest female competitor in the history of the X games and winner of the Vans Park Series World Championship–– and just so happens to call Encinitas home. Open skate sessions vary by day so be sure to check the website for details.
200 Saxony Rd.
Encinitas, Ca 92024
Cost: Skate park members: $5; Non-members: $10
Photo: Todd F. via Yelp
Alga Norte Community Park
There’s so much to love about this gem of a park in North County and the state-of-the art skate park is at the top of the list. Kiddos will be stoked to work on their kick flips and catch some air on the half pipes. The park offers something for beginners to advanced boarders and if you’re looking for an evening outing, it’s one of the few skate parks in San Diego county that has lights. Roll don’t walk, the whole family will love this place!
6565 Alicante Rd.
Carlsbad, Ca 92009
Photo: Lincoln Ueda via Facebook
Poway Skate Park
This kid-friendly skate park allows boards, blades, scooters, skates and bikes. So, if it has wheels — you can ride it here in Poway! It’s designed for beginner level to advanced boarders. Just note that it’s on the smaller side, so it can get crowded at peak times. Helmets, knee pads and elbow pads are required and kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
13090 Civic Center Dr.
Poway, Ca 92064
Carmel Valley Skatepark
The Carmel Valley Skate Park opened in 2008 with the design help of pro skater Chris Miller. The main feature of the park is a challenge course in a concrete bowl. This park also offers restrooms, a shade structure and seating and observation areas so parents can watch their daredevil land his next trick. Full safety equipment is required at all times.
12600 El Camino Real
San Diego, Ca 92130
Photo: Taylor M. via Yelp
Rancho Penasquitos Skate Park
After a full renovation in 2014, this skate park is now brimming with all the bells and whistles or should we say, grind boxes, bank ramps and multi-height quarter pipes? Whatever trick your pint-sized skater is hoping to perfect he can work on it at this 22,000-square-foot concrete skateboarding facility in Rancho Penasquitos.
10111 Carmel Mountain Rd.
San Diego, Ca 92129
Do you have a little one who loves extreme sports? Tell us their favorite local skate park in the comments.
––Aimee Della Bitta