[ADVERT]Waterloo was the first full street style skate plaza in Sydney and has become an iconic local spot for beginners and skilled skaters alike to hone a variety of skate skills.
The park features perfect super smooth concrete surface with three open plan flat areas for rolling and flatland tricks, three levels of ledge, and a mini step for those still getting a grip on their ollie and more experienced skaters flipping in and out of transitions.
There are some nice 45 degree fringes to the mini steps for creative skating and a corner bank for fast roll ins, power skids and whatever else. The middle section has a nice mini ramp you can transition onto from behind and the top has stairs, rails, manual pads, and blocks everywhere.
The best thing about the park is the flow of its design. The stigma and intimidation of a lot of skate parks stems from the architecture enforcing bottle-necks and hot spots, won with skill or notoriety by those who a lot of us might rather avoid. Waterloo avoids this feeling with the plain variety it offers, naturally spreading and dispersing it's riders based on style and preference rather than skill level.
Waterloo has the added bonus of night-time lighting. The schedules are always changing and for some reason the council doesn't advertise how or when so you'll have to take a chance.
As a beginner skater myself I strongly recommend it as a park to try out a whole bunch of things with a degree of confidence and safe anonymity.
Was getting really keen to take my sons to the Waterloo skate park. Till I realised that according to the map, we would need tickets to the US and a car to drive out there from Rhode Island.