Long Beach-California has more skate parks than any city in the world today. One could say they love skateboarding or at least an active engaged community around something positive. There are 7 officially recognized skateboard parks scattered around town and all cover some type of skateboarding niche. All skate parks are free and unsupervised which is how they all should be.
1) Houghton Park @ 6301 Myrtle Ave. near Jordan High School is the largest and most diverse of all the LB parks catering to all facets of skateboarding. The large bowled area flanked between some ledges and a questionably placed half pipe offers skaters their best option for bowl skating in the city. Its painted and slippery, but wide enough and deep enough to generate some momentum and blast if you so desire. The steep waterfalls and vertical extensions offer a critical element in an otherwise uncritical situation. The street area (if not blown out with kids)is fun to carve around and blast some ollies and and get your grind on!
2) California Recreation Park behind Long Beach Polytechnic High School is the latest park to open in LB and one of the sickest. A hybrid blend of street and bank style skating with rails and ledges commemorating some of our local spots no longer skate-able. This place is a favorite of the local bmxers who coincidentally film on skateboards.
3) Micheal Green Skatepark @ 14th St between Pacific & Pine Ave. is located in a center median and has the sickest half pipe of any park I have seen anywhere, but the inline skaters need to seriously lay off the wax (just go faster!). Its a blend of concrete obstacles like the LA High School bank and some really good modular ramps and weird ledge setups. In addition, things like a wallie bar and small concrete wave are elements that make this place fun and interesting.
4) Orizaba Park reminds me of a modernized version of Huntington Beach’s Murdy Park, only better and fenced off.
5) Drake Park @ 951 Maine Ave. is modular ramps more street oriented with some quarter pipes and a flat bar, pretty bare bones, but fun.
6) El Dorado Park @ 2800 Studebaker Road is the oldest of the lot and has some issues but also some really fun combo opportunities if you can figure them out. Its lumpy, has bulging coping in some spots, 2 bowls connected with a rudimentary spine and some generally challenging conditions when you factor in the proximity of obstacles and your average skaters.
El Dorado Skatepark in Long Beach, California
7) Bixby Park @ 130 Cherry Ave. is a full on street skating plaza type situation a block from the beach. A refurbished shuffle board area now lays claim to one of the most consistently sessioned spots in the city. Bring your A game, the level of skating down there is high.
I may have left something out since they seem to open before I hear about it. There are rumors of another park to get built so let’s hope it goes through, we need a real world class park that encompasses all elements appropriately, namely a world class bowl/pool area next to a large flow section and a large street area. A skateboarding complex like Bonsor in Vancouver British Columbia is what this city needs to take their stance on skateboarding to the next level. We have all the entry level skate stuff covered, what is really needed is an arena that allows for the younger generation to become professional level to contribute and compete. The City of Long Beach prides itself as an active community and this is the latest in its efforts to modernize the city and makes things more enjoyable for the residents. But yeah a world class facility would flip this town upside down in terms of rocketing into the future.