Are you looking for ways to entertain your skateboarding teenager this weekend? Or somewhere to take your scooter-riding kids these school holidays? Or you love to skate yourself and are looking for the best park in Canberra?
Canberra has seven impressive Skate Parks around the city and suburbs, as well as twelve parks around Canberra that have skating facilities incorporated into playgrounds.
Although I know very little about skating, I have been to all of these parks with our little girl and her (even smaller) scooter to play on and ended up chatting with local skaters. Most are happy with the facilities in Canberra and depending on your location, there isn't one far away...
North of Canberra's CBD:
If you are living or staying north of Canberra, there are two impressive skate parks to choose from, starting with the Belconnen Skate Park.
Often described as the best in Canberra, this Skate Park is located at Emu Bank on Lake Ginninderra. The older part of the park was built in 1990 and when it was upgraded in 2011, it was the biggest skate park in Australia at the time. As you walk towards it, the sheer size of the area is huge - a "must do" for skateboarders in Canberra, generally regarded as the favourite.
Yerabi Ponds Skate Park in Gungahlin has skate park as well as a toddler playground, flying foxes (not for the faint hearted!), basketball court and undercover and outdoor BBQ areas for the rest of the family as well.
Crace in Gungahlin also has a popular skating area in Narden Street near the tennis courts with ramps and rails to slide down. Also great for kids scooters, it has a popular playground nearby.
South of Canberra's CBD:
If you are South of the City there are four to choose from with Eddison Park in Phillip (Woden) the largest.
This Skate park will impress any skater and it is easy to see why this is seen as possibly the 2nd most popular park in Canberra. The area can get very crowded after school, weekends and school holidays so keep this in mind when planning your visit. With a BBQ area nearby and plenty of undercover seating, many hours could be spent here enjoying this facility.
Also down south is the Tuggeranong Skate Park. Located minutes from Tuggeranong Centre, this Skate Park is another popular park for local's with Tuggeranong Lake, children's playground and BBQ's nearby. This Skate Park is enjoyed by all ages and abilities and is large enough to accommodate all.
Tuggeranong Skate Park, minutes from Tuggeranong Town Centre.
Wanniassa also has Erindale Banks Skate Park with access from Grattan Court. This area is hidden behind Erindale shopping centre and is earmarked to be demolished when the council starts redeveloping Erindale, however the timing hasn't been confirmed. The sign at the edge of the bowl says that is for a high level of ability. Tuggeranong Skate Park (above) is the preferred park and is only five minutes drive away and larger in size.
If you are in the City, the Yard Skate Park is located at Ballumbir Street, a short walk from the Canberra Centre Shopping Centre.
Source: ACT TAMS website
Also not far from the CBD is Westside Acton Park - a pop up village made from shipping containers. This village has ramps that can be pulled across into the centre of the village to be used for BMX competitions and shows. They will soon be opening Adrenalin Boardstore which sells skateboards, so it is possible that the BMX ramps could also utilised by skaters. Keep an eye on their website and facebook for updates for when their store will open.
Ramps can be pulled out into the centre of the village.