Skateboarding in public areas has sometimes become an area of controversy. But as skateboard culture becomes more mainstream and accepted, many cities have been known to openly embrace the skateboard culture.
Some of the top skater friendly cities include:
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
Most of these cities, except for perhaps Albuquerque, are not surprising. The other cities are large metropolis’ that have the space and resources to accommodate and embrace skaters. Their unique urban landscapes provide plenty of challenging environments for skaters to try out tricks and practice their craft.
Portland has many great skate parks, and is a mecca for skaters. It is also the home to several established and famous skate parks. Portland’s small town environment is perfcet for the growing skate culture in the Pacific Northwest. However, Portland has only a few skate parks in comparison to the fifty that exist in Los Angeles.
For many visitors of Los Angeles, checking out the skate parks is a tourist attraction. These skate parks are ground zero for famous skaters and the visual iconography that has been created around them. Young boys (and girls) can be seen everywhere in Los Angeles repping their favorite skateboards on city streets and sidewalks.
Further South in California, San Diego is another great skater friendly destination. Although not quite as large as Los Angeles, there are twenty skate parks in San Diego, and proves once again how hospitable California is to skaters. The ideal San Diego weather makes every day a perfect day to go skating. With an average temperature of 72 degrees you can skate nearly year round in San Diego.
Albuquerque is the smallest city on this list. But per mile, it still boasts of a vibrant and thriving skate culture. In fact, one of the skate parks that exists is 26,000 feet. This is an amazing amount of land dedicated to skaters, a testament to how great of a city Albuquerque is for skaters. If you think Albuquerque isn’t the perfect environment for skating, you need to check out their scene.
And, finally, the Midwest gets some shine, in the windy city of Chicago. Chicago has been known for gangsters and deep dish pizza, but it also the most skate friendly city in the midwest. Chicago has over a dozen skate parks, and Wilson Skatepark has been built into the urban landscape of Lakeshore Drive.
Skaters regularly congregate in various skate parks across the city and the suburbs. So Midwestern skaters should take a trek to Chicago, preferably in the summer or spring to avoid the harsh winters.
While the west coast seems like the place to be for any serious skateboarders, cities like Albuquerque and Chicago prove that a skater can find a place to lay his head anywhere in the United States. The wonderful thing about being a skater, is that all he needs is his favorite skateboard and he can start his adventure in any city in the world.