As wonderful as skate parks are, modern skateboarding was founded on a radical rethinking of urban architecture. Using parts of the built environment that were not meant to be played on as playthings is an incredibly freeing experience. This is what skateboarders reverently refer to as “skating street.”
This map is for practitioners of that not-quite-lost art (the Olympics aren’t here yet, baby!), especially those who are new to the city. There’s no better way to get to know a new place than on your board, and there’s no tool for meeting new people. Skateboarding is an international language. While you can have a blast anywhere that’s got smooth ground and a bit of space to roll around, all these spots have something extra to enjoy, be it a really good granite ledge to grind on or just a solid vibe. Many of them also have a special place in Seattle’s rich skate history.
Because skateboarding is still a crime, we’ve given you an idea of the likelihood of encountering angry security or concerned citizens at each spot. We’ve also provided info on where to find the things that are essential to a successful street skateboarding expedition: water, public restrooms, convenience stores, and cheap pints. Grab your board, cajole your friends off their couches, and get out there.Read More