From the physical and mental health benefits of skaters to the positive economic impact on communities, skate parks are essential. All levels of skateboarding skills are welcome to these skate areas. Often, these areas are located in public parks, allowing the family a variety of activities for those who don’t grind the rails, including dog parks, grill areas, and playgrounds for the smaller children. Here are the top five best skate parks in the Sacramento area.
Granite Skate Park
Ramona Ave. and Power Inn Road
Sacramento, CA 95812
www.portal.cityofsacramento.org

This skate park features a three-quarter pipe that feeds into a large round bowl on one end and an oververt pocket with a square bowl on the other. This is just a sampling of what this park has to offer Sacto skaters. This park is the real deal, and has earned its place at top of NorCal skate parks. Hours of operations are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Robertson Park
3525 Norwood Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95838
(916) 808-5200
www.portal.cityofsacramento.org/RobertsonPark

A world class skate park in Natomas, Charles Robertson Park has an adventure play area, a tot play area, and sports fields to go along with this skate park on over 9 acres. Adjacent to the Robertson Community Center, the park has all the bells and whistles of a top notch community center fit for all ages.

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28th And B Skate Park
20 28th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 494-8724
www.cityofsacramento.org/parksandrec

This park is an indoor park that features eight different bowls from easy to expert, a long street course, a three-quarter pipe, and plenty of rails. The park is shielded from the rain, heat and other elements. Just three bucks gets you into one of the most comfortable parks in Sacramento. Plenty of instructionals go down here, and the general public is welcome Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 6 p.m on Saturday and Sunday.

Tanzanite Park
2220 Tanzanite Way
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 665-2777

This Natomas park is another all-purpose park. The skate park features high drops and deep bowls for the skateboarded in your family. There are also grill areas and a dog park. Parking can get rough, so get there early. Various area sports teams practice in this dog-friendly park.

James McClatchy Park
3500 5th Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 808-5200
www.cityofsacramento.org/parksandrec

Also known as Oak Park, this project is an incredible example of positive urban renewal. The 7,000 sq. ft, skate park used to be home to drug dealers and criminal activity. Now, the park in an all-inclusive facility, with baseball diamonds, basketball courts, kid-friendly play areas and yes, of course, some of the best skating in NorCal. Happy shredding.

These parks contribute to the foothold that skating has on our fair community. Skaters throughout the state come through to visit our parks, and they’re in your very backyard. Don’t stand on the sidelines – come feel these parks. They’re yours for experiencing.

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Christopher Millard is a freelance writer and cultural critic whose music reviews can be found on Examiner.com. He also works as a publicist for Valence Communications Group and is a contributor to the health and wellness magazine, Hybrid. Chris currently resides in Sacramento, California.