Growing up I remember Hood River doing lots of fund raising to have a skate park. I remember all the wooden ramps and boxes and everything being made as cheap as they could but I always thought it was an awesome place to be during my teen years. Now I look at the parks here and think, WOW! They have since upgraded the Hood River park and it’s super nice, I’ll have to take my boys there some time. No I didn’t skateboard, I wasn’t that cool, I loved my roller blades though. I actually still have them in my closet now. Maybe I’ll bust them out and take them to the park with the boys, after I buy knee, elbow and any other pad I can find along with a helmet. Getting hurt sucks but the healing process is worse now that I’m older.
My boys, mostly Damien at the moment is obsessed with riding his scooter at the skate park. So much so that he is now on his third and most expensive one. This summer we decided that we would try out as many different parks as we could and while we only ended up making it to 6 new ones, I think they had a lot of fun exploring the new places. Google didn’t give us a lot of new places. I think only two popped up in our search and one wasn’t even a skate park lol. This is what made me decide to write about our local parks. I know there’s got to be other Moms and Dads who want to take their kids to the parks but want to make sure they are 1) safe and 2) have a bathroom, or maybe that they are big enough their kids won’t get bored in 5 minutes.
Here’s what I found. Hope it helps someone out. Plus I enjoy sharing pictures and videos of my handsome dudes 😉
Address: 1000 E 4th Street, La Center, WA 98629
Water Fountain: Yes
Other Amenities: Yes, playground, picnic tables, splash pad (seasonal), baseball fields, paved walking path.
Our home park, I may be a little partial to this one because it’s so close. All in all it’s got a table top, steps, grinding rails, a gap and a 1/4 pipe. This park isn’t really big, it’s actually more of a strip, sometimes it gets a little crowded. But if you have smaller kids there are other activities to keep the little ones busy with. Since my boys are older I like to take advantage of the walking path and either running or taking my pups on a walk.
Address: 912 E. Main Street, Battle Ground, WA 98604
Water Fountain: Yes
This park is my boy’s favorite! If there’s one they ask to go to it’s this. This park has many ramps, rails, bowls, a dome? looks like a bowl on it’s side (like I said, I’m not the cool kid who knows all the tech stuff,) boxes, stair sets. It’s a good sized park. We’ve only been a few times and it hasn’t been overly crowded. Lots of seating. One thing I’d like to point out is that there isn’t any shade. Which I consider to be a good thing because it’s an open space. Seems like the shaded parks are “shady” and I’m not keen on going to those ones.
Sadly I can’t find the pictures or video I took here. I’ll work on getting some again. Until then, this is a picture that I found on Google maps taken by Nick Williams.
Address: Rolling Freedom Skatepark, Lakeshore Dr, Woodland, WA 98674, located on the corner of Park Rd and Lakeshore Dr.
Water Fountain: Not by skate park but near playground.
Other Amenities: Park is located right next to Horseshoe lake, paved walking path, playground within walking distance, covered picnic areas, plumed toilets at park.
This would be my boy’s second favorite park. Could be because it’s only a 6 minute drive from our house. I see us spending more time here next summer. This park has a large bowl, multiple boxes, a step set, rails and a few ramps. They even have a few benches to sit on instead of sitting in your car, although, you could sit in you car and watch from there because the parking is right next to it, which will be good for colder dry days.
Address: 108 N 3rd Ave, Ridgefield, Wa 98642
Water Fountain: No
Other Amenities: Basketball hoop, gazebo, picnic table and benches.
This is a small park. It’s a fairly blank slate with only a small grinding box, one set of stairs and a few small ramps. There is lots of room for kids to scooter around on the pavement though. Probably not for kids looking to bust out big tricks. One thing I forgot until I watched this video, it’s very loud! Lol.
We visited a few different parks in Vancouver. I figured there would be a park closer to down town Vancouver but I still haven’t found one. Seems like a logical place for one but I guess not.
Address: Swift Skate Park, 2361 E 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98663
Bathroom: Possibly but we didn’t need one.
Water Fountain: No
Other Amenities: Paved walking paths, picnic tables.
Typical skate park, lots of graffiti and the people were hanging out smoking cigarettes. Wasn’t very clean. Thankfully the day we went there were only a few people there. My boys were the only ones using the park. Has a few stair sets, 2 bowls, table tops and lots of ramps. There was one short rail my son could use, I believe there is a hand rail to use too, but I can’t remember for sure.
Address: Park at Endeavor Elementary School, 2701 NE Four Seasons Ln, Vancouver, WA 98684
Water Fountain: Yes, but it wasn’t working when we were there.
Other Amenities: Small playground, soccer field, paved walking path, picnic tables.
This park was SUPER small! It was nice pit stop before we went to get groceries. There was a small rail, and two boxes with a small ramp to table top in between. Definitely nothing to write home about.
Address: Pacific Community Park, 1501 Ne 164th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684
Water Fountain: Not sure
Other Amenities: Playground, soccer field, basketball court, covered picnic area, dog park across the parking lot.
The boys really liked this park, they had some really big drop ins but I didn’t like all the language and the kids smoking cigarettes next to me. One little boy, between the boys ages was swearing while talking to me, who does that? We went there during a peak time I think but all in all the park was really neat. Big bowl and a small course with steps, rails and ramps. James jumped his first stair set here. I think next time we come here it will be during school hours, one of the many benefits of homeschooling.
That’s all Folks!
If you live in the Vancouver area and know of a park that we haven’t been to yet, get in touch with me here or on Facebook. I’d love for you to share. If you see that there is some equipment I forgot to mention at any of the places I shared, let me know, like I said I’m not a pro. Just a mom excited to see her kiddos conquer new things!