If you’ve lived in Seattle for a long time, you probably know all of these parks like the back of your hand. But if you’re new to the city, it can actually be a lot to navigate, which is a good problem to have—it wasn’t so long ago that even a city the size of Seattle would funnel its entire population into one crappy park. Indeed, while it produced a lot of legendary skaters (Yoshi Obayashi, for example), the original Sea Sk8, Seattle proper’s only skate park in its day, was just a haphazard assembly of metal ramps in a parking lot. The concrete version, where I wasted the majority of my youth, wasn’t much better, though I still miss it dearly.
Now, we almost have too many rad parks to choose from, and more on the way. This list is intended to get you started on your journey through the city’s cornucopia of publicly sanctioned skate spaces. While getting out there and hitting the streets is ideal, sometimes you just need to get an hour of undisturbed practice in. (Or skate a massive bowl, which isn’t exactly something that appears naturally in urban architecture. )
“Best” is subjective, of course, but I genuinely tried to step outside of my own skate preferences and include parks with a little bit of everything. Because there’s nothing wrong with a tall can or two after—or during—your session, I’ve also included info on nearby corner stores, bars, and eateries, as well as where to go when you’ve got to get rid of all that Rainier.
Get out there, try not to get snaked endlessly by a million little kids on razor scooters, and get some!Read More