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11 of the best skate parks for beginners
Maggie Gray | July 7, 2020
The Gold Coast is home to more skate and BMX parks per capita than any other city in Australia. That’s wheely good news for those looking to kick-flip their way through the school holidays.
With so many skate parks and precincts to choose from, we’ve tracked down the best parks from northern to southern Gold Coast for skate groms looking to hit the pavement this winter. Don’t forget, the City’s Active and Healthy program offers a range of free skateboarding lessons and workshops year-round. Click here for more information.
The Ormeau skate park is great for all ages and skill levels. There is a lot of smooth concrete and smaller style transitions for beginners, as well as a range of street style features for those looking to work on their tricks. There are plenty of shelters and seats scattered around the park, so you can sit back and enjoy the action and maybe even learn some moves from the pros!
Location: Pascoe Rd, Ormeau
The recently refreshed Jacobs Well skate park includes a four foot bowl with a linked jump, and a small table top section suitable for BMX riders, scooters or skateboarders. There’s a flat street-like area with a manual pad and three foot quarter pipe, perfect for beginners.
Location: Bay Dr, Jacobs Well
The Pimpama ‘spine ramp’ consists of two halfpipes back to back. It can be less busy than other surrounding skate parks because the halfpipes are its only feature. There are some benches to sit on, and a small shelter. There’s also a dog park a short walk down the hill for your fury friend to join in on the day out.
Location: Rifle Range Rd, Pimpama
With plenty of flat concrete and small slopes on offer, Pacific Pines skate park is perfect for little ones learning the ropes. This park can get quite busy so be sure to keep an eye on surrounding skaters. There’s a nearby soccer field and basketball court if you feel like going for a kick or a dunk after you’re all skated out!
Location: Cnr Pitcan Way & Brockman Way, Pacific Pines
Helensvale skate park is best suited to BMX riders, but scooter riders will also enjoy the facility. The transitions are relatively flat, making it a popular park for beginners. The park is situated right next to a tennis court and has plenty of shade and seating.
Location: Discovery Dr, Helensvale
Arundel mini ramp
Arundel mini ramp is designed for beginners, with smooth concrete extensions and a mini concrete halfpipe. The surface is smooth and has plenty of small hips and drops for those looking to find their feet.
Location: Olsen Avenue, Arundel
Varsity (Mattocks Park)
Varsity skate park has undergone a number of upgrades over the years, and is well-loved by seasoned skaters as a result. The park consists of a large street section, complete with bowls, hips and street obstacles catering to everyone from first-timers to seasoned veterans.
Location: Cassia Dr, Varsity Lakes
Large and full of smooth transitions and flat concrete, Mudgeeraba skate park is great for learning the basics. There’s a small two foot bowl and various hips and banks for practising tricks. There’s plenty of shade from nearby trees keeping you nice and cool on a summer’s day.
Location: Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba.
Miami (Pizzey Park)
Pizzey Park is the largest and one of the most well-known skate parks on the Gold Coast. It is frequented by skilled skaters and certainly has some features that are not for the faint hearted. There is also a broad range of transitions in all shapes and sizes to help build confidence levels – so don’t be put off by more advanced skaters whizzing past.
Location: Bardon Avenue, Miami.
Tugun is one of the largest skate parks on the Gold Coast. There’s a range of ramps with different angles and heights, bound to suit your skate grom.
Location: Boyd Street, Tugun
Located just a few blocks from the beach, Coolangatta skate park is a street style design that has long smooth runs, ideal for beginners. The park features rails, ledges, and gaps and is a unique design to other parks in that various sections of the park are made up of brickwork.
Location: Goodwin Park, Coolangatta
Remember to use appropriate safety gear and give way to more experienced users of the park especially during peak times.