Now that spring is here, it’s time to come out of hibernation. From casual to competitive, novice to notorious, this is where you can go to shake it loose and drop some moves. The list below shares the top skate parks and explains what each one offers. Whether you’re wanting to go back to the roller rinks of your youth or kick it up a notch, there is a choice for you.
Skate King
6025 Natural Bridge Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63120
(314) 382-1166
www.myskateking.com

For a fun night out on wheels, families flock to Skate King. With a traditional floor and hours geared toward family outings, this is a great choice for anyone who wants to loosen up or enjoy a few laps. Fun for kids of all ages, Skate King provides several sessions per day to accommodate any schedule, and a fully stocked pro shop to make sure everything rolls smoothly. The rink is available to rent for special occasions and parties. A full schedule and list of reserved times is available on the website. With dollar skate rentals and reasonable session prices, this 1970s classic retains all the charm that have made skating rinks a favorite for generations.

Ramp Riders
2324 Salena
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 776-4025
www.rampriders.net

Skateboarders and BMX riders of all experience levels can enjoy a spin around Ramp Riders. Offering indoor ramps and a selection that can be previewed online, skaters and riders can make sure they have just what they need to improve their stunts. Ramp Riders also offers private lessons for all experience levels, with instructors who can work with any age to help them improve their ability and knowledge. The pro shop is well stocked to support bikes, boards and inline skates, and their experts will help place an outside order to make sure customers have just what they want. The park is available for rent for special occasions. Multiple session times mean just about everyone can make it over for a quick run to stay on top of their game.

City Of St. Charles SkateBoard 
3850 Huster Road
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 949-3372
www.stcharlesparks.com

Rain or shine, from 10:00 a.m. until dark, skateboarders and inline skaters can practice their tricks at this outdoor park. Thoughtfully laid out, the park is ideal for competition level skaters who want to run drills and experiment with new routines. Three bowls give plenty of variety and are suitable for all skill levels. There are plenty of ledges and banks for a novice to work on the basics, and dedicated skaters will appreciate a layout that is creative yet familiar. There is plenty of rail for practice, and numerous obstacles and features make it a unique experience. The smooth, clean concrete is well maintained and open to the public. It cannot be reserved for parties or events, though groups are allowed to use the park during normal operating hours.

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South City YMCA Skatepark
2736 Southfork Road
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314) 849-9622
www.ymcastlouis.org/southcity

Open to the public and free for members, this skate park is in development but has become a go-to for local talent. Primarily concrete, this park offers several quarter pipes and rails to hone skills. It has both concrete and wood surfaces for variety, and is carefully maintained. The park is ideal for all ages and skill levels, and is located adjacent to the YMCA main building. It is a great place to bring friends or groups, and is large enough to handle birthday parties or special events. The park is not available for private use, but is large enough to accommodate many skaters.

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Bon Tindle is an author from Springfield, MO. She writes fiction and nonfiction for several publications, and can be reached through her website (www.bontindle.com) with comments or questions.
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