I have featured local skate parks on Free Fun in Austin before, but always with teenagers in mind. It never occurred to me to take my own sons, ages five to 11, who have not yet mastered the art of staying upright on a skateboard. This winter break, however, I loaded the car with boys, bikes, scooters, and helmets to give the skate/BMX park at Northeast Metropolitan Park a try. From my kids’ excitement level, you would have thought I was taking them to Disney World. They had a blast navigating the hilly concrete terrain, made some new friends, and came home with all limbs (and heads) intact.
If you have kids with energy to burn, they may enjoy one of the many free skate and BMX parks in Austin and beyond. I would like to note, however, that if you have younger kids, a morning visit might work best. We returned to the Northeast Metro Park early one evening this week and didn’t have as much fun as our initial visit. At 5 p.m., the park was crowded with older, more seasoned (and salty mouthed) skaters and I worried that my kids were in their way. We did witness some amazing stunts, but we didn’t stay long that second visit.
Have you been to any of the skate parks listed below? Please feel free to share feedback in the comments!
Austin BMX & Skate Park – Opened in 2011. This 30,000-square-feet facility features a skate bowl, large plaza with streetscape elements, shade structures, unisex restroom and skateable public art piece. 1213 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin.
Mabel Davis District Park Skate Park – Opened in 2005. The 12,000-square-feet concrete skate park includes a skate bowl, streetscape elements, and a grass seating area.Mabel Davis District Park, 3427 Parker Lane, Austin.
Duncan Park BMX Trails – For the past 25 years, the south side of Duncan Park has been used as a BMX bicycle jumping/trail spot. It was hand built by local riders. Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 9th Street, east of Lamar, Austin.
Walnut Creek BMX Flow Track – This one was shared by a reader on our Facebook page. You can see Youtube video of the track here. There are reviews of the track here and here. 12138 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.
Jackson Tyler Norris Memorial Skate Park (Buda) – Skate park opened in December of 2013, in memory of Jackson Tyler Norris, who lost his life while skating. Open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. 480 S Loop 4, Buda.
Northeast Metro Park (Pflugerville) – Open daily, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. New in 2012. Great for kids because there is also a playground, sandbox, splash pad, rock wall, and restrooms nearby. You can read Catherine’s review here. 15500 Sun Light Near Way (at the back of the park), Pflugerville.
Skate Spot (Pflugerville) – This brand new skate spot just opened in April of 2014. Bohls Park, 200 Immanuel Road, Pflugerville.
The Skatepark of San Marcos – Concrete park by Grindline with large street course, Flow Bowl, and backyard style pool. 625 E. Hopkins Street, San Marcos.
Brushy Creek Skate Park (Cedar Park) – The custom designed concrete in-ground skatepark is approximately 15,000 square feet and includes a mini bowl, large bowl, modern street course with coloring, textures, shade and landscaping. Brushy Creek Sports Park, 2310 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park.
Benbrook Ranch Park (Leander) – Opened in summer 2008, Leander’s newest park features soccer fields, a non irrigated softball field, pavilion, hike and bike trails, a BMX track, skate park, disc golf course, playscape, drinking fountain, BBQ grills and restrooms. Benbrook Ranch Park is located at the corner of Bagdad Rd. & Halsey Dr. approximately 1 mile north of FM2243, Leander.
Shaylah Dame Skate Park (Round Rock) – The 14,000 square foot park is located at 1600 Gattis School Road behind the Clay Madsen Recreation Center. There is a bowl and and street component.
San Gabriel Park (Georgetown) – The skate park is located behind the Georgetown Community Center. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. The park offers skaters ramps, grind boxes, rails, half pipes and quarter pipes. San Gabriel Park, 449 E. Morrow, Georgetown.
Boerne Skate Park (Boerne) – Opened in 2010. 524 Adler St. (across from Curington Elementary School), Boerne.