Great Skate Parks Near Washington, DC for Kids and Families
Got a young skater looking to work on their ollies, kickturns, or heelflips? There are plenty of skate parks near Washington, DC that welcome everyone from newbies to experienced skateboarders. Some of them are strictly skateboard parks, while others allow in-line skates, rollerblades, and/or bicycles as well. Most of these skate parks near DC require helmets (but even if they don't, your kiddo should totally wear one), and many require elbow pads and kneepads as well.
The Best Skate Park in Washington, DC
Maloof Skate Park at the RFK Campus was designed by a pro skater. Photo courtesy of eventsdc.com
Pro skater Geoff Rawley designed this 15,000-square-foot, one-of-a-kind skate park for skaters of all ages and skill levels. The park, which includes a replica of DC's famed Freedom Plaza, is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Skateboards, roller skates, and in-line skates are welcome, but scooters and bikes are not permitted. Parents can watch the action from the built-in bleachers.
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2. Wakefield Skate Park — Annandale
This skate park next to the Audrey Moore Rec Center welcomes both beginners and more experienced skaters ages 6 and up. There's a freestyle course with bank ramps, a four-foot quarter pipe, grind rails, and more where beginners can practice. The competition course has more advanced features. Parents can relax at one of the picnic tables in the viewing area. Note: Some features will be unavailable throughout 2022 while the skate park is renovated. Hours vary by season.
3. Powhatan Springs Skate Park — Arlington
After this 17,000-square-foot skate park was beautifully renovated in 2019, it received an award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. The skate park features a huge variety of both old-school and street elements, including two bowls, a snake zone, rails, and more. The street area is perfect for younger skaters to practice. Skateboarders, in-line skaters, and BMX bikers of all ability levels are welcome at the skate park, which is open daily from 7am-10pm.
4. Lake Fairfax Skatepark — Reston
This plaza-style skate park offers 15,000 square feet of skating area with obstacles including a shark fin, a manual pad, and a euro gap with low to medium rails. The bowl has three sections at four, six, and eight feet high, offering a safe area for beginners to practice their tricks. The skate park is open daily from 8am-9:20pm, and kids under 6 are not permitted.
5. Trailside Park SkatePark — Herndon
Trailside Park's concrete skate park offers 4,200 square feet of skating area with both bowl and street elements. Skateboards, rollerblades, and bikes are allowed, but bicycles must have their pegs removed or taped. The skate park is open from dawn to dusk.
Don't forget the kneepads! Photo courtesy of Isiah Bekkers, Unsplash
6. Scott D. Eagles Skatepark — Woodbridge
Skateboarders and in-line skaters of all abilities are welcome at this skate park located in Veterans Memorial Park. It includes a spacious kidney bowl and a 6,300-square-foot open-flow course with stairs, ledges, jumps, ramps, and grind rails. Kneepads and elbow pads are required, and kids 12 or younger must be supervised by an adult.
7. Van Dyck Park Skate Park — Fairfax
This skate park is small and fenced in, making it perfect for beginner skateboarders. Bicycles, scooters, and rollerblades are not allowed, and elbow and knee pads are required. The skate park is open from 9am to sunset.
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8. Rockville Skate Park — Rockville
This 15,000-square-foot concrete skate park has plenty of features for skaters of all ability levels. There's a kidney bowl, quarter pipes, a rainbow grind rail, a grind ledge, and more. Limited loaner helmets are available. All types of wheels are permitted, but Sunday mornings from 10am-12pm are only for BMX bikes. Kids ages 6-15 can even sign up for skateboarding lessons at Rockville Skate Park. The park is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 3-9pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-9pm, and Family Skate takes place Saturdays from 10am-12pm.
9. Bowie Skate Park — Bowie
More experienced skaters will love this 10,000-square-foot, lighted skate park with lots of rails, quarter pipes, built-in jumps, and more. There are also bleachers for parents to sit on to watch the action. Bowie Skate Park is open to skateboarders and in-line skaters only; bicycles and scooters are not allowed. The park is open from sunrise until 10pm, though lights go off at 9pm.
10. Poolesville Skatepark — Poolesville
Planners worked with local youth to create this 6,000-square-foot skate park that opened in 2010. The park is perfect for beginners because there aren't many obstacles, but there are just enough ledges, stairs, rails, and more to practice on. Elbow, knee, and wrist pads are required in addition to helmets, and no bikes or scooters are allowed. Poolesville Skatepark is open from 8am to dusk.
11. White Plains Regional Park Skatepark — White Plains
This 15,000-square-foot skate park features various size concrete bowls for skateboarders and in-line skaters of different abilities. It also has a challenging street course. Skaters under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The skate park is open 8am through dusk from March 1 to November 30.
Kids can show off their unique boards at Charmcity Skatepark. Photo courtesy of the skate park on Facebook
12. Charmcity Skatepark — Baltimore
Charmcity is the only skate park on the list that is indoors, making it a great choice when the weather is bad and your kiddo just has to skate. It does cost a fee to get in, though. Charmcity's wide variety of features and obstacles are changed often to keep things fresh. The park is open Monday through Saturday from 12:30-8:30pm and Sunday from 12-6pm.