Vancouver Area Skate Parks

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 😉

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La Center

Bathroom: Yes

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.

Battle Ground

Bathroom: Yes

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.

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Woodland

Bathroom: Port-potty

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.

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See, I’m there too!

 

Ridgefield

Address: 108 N 3rd Ave, Ridgefield, Wa 98642

Bathroom: No

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.

Vancouver

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.

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Address: Park at Endeavor Elementary School,

Bathroom: No

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.

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Love that Damien was showing his brother something. Love when they get along, even if it’s only for a minute or two.

 

Address: Pacific Community Park, 1501 Ne 164th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684

Bathroom: Yes

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!

 

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Pumpkin Spice without the Latte 

No Latte???

I’ve recently decided to cut coffee out of my life, again… I can honestly say I hadn’t missed it until all of the pumpkin spice latte talk recently! Why have I decided to quit coffee again? There are a couple reasons, the biggest is I love the cream and sugar. The problem with that is cream and sugar cause fat and I’ve been working hard in my home gym to burn that stuff off. Why should I keep replenishing the storage gut? The second reason, no caffeine means I get a headache. That means it’s something my body is addicted to. I don’t like feeling like I have to have something to feel good, I don’t even like to take Advil for crying out loud. So not only have I quit coffee but I quit using my pre-workout also. I haven’t removed it completely from my diet but will only be using it when I have a REALLY strenuous workout ahead (cough, Spartan Race, cough.)

And so, the search for a no coffee version began. It seemed that all the recipes I found have milk in them and since I’m vegan that didn’t work either. I found a recipe on allrecipes.com and tweaked it to work for me. The recipe I found was for a bigger batch, I scaled it down to a one cup treat because I have the self control of a toddler when it comes to sweets! I’d drink the whole batch in one sitting because there are only 2 pumpkin pie lovers in my house. Only downfall I’ve found with doing it this way, means I have a lot of left over pumpkin to use. I’m thinking pumpkin oats, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin Shakeology! #winning

No Latte, Pumpkin Hotte!

Ingredients:

  • 1 C Coconut Milk (or other milk of your choice)
  • 1/4 C Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Tbsp Agave
  • 1/4 tsp Pumpkin Spice
  • Optional: 1 tsp Coconut Oil, use if blending to make it extra frothy, gives it that coffee house feel ❤
  • Optional: 1 tsp Vanilla Extract, honestly I forgot to use it and thought it was good enough without it. Adding it might give you more of the pumpkin and whipped cream flavor.

Step 1: Measure all ingredients and throw them in a pan. Heat it up and enjoy!

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Bonus Step: If you decide to use the coconut oil, throw it in the blender to get a little bit of foam. Yum!