BENNETT PARK AKA LIBERTY SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Liberty, MO.

ADDRESS:
Behind the LDS Church at 1130 Clayview Dr. Liberty, MO 64068.

DESCRIPTION:
Outdoor, unattended. Wood/Skatelite obstacles; prefab 4 ft quarters. 2 ft box with bank on one side and kicker on the other. And another structure like the first box with a ledge going over it.

PROS:
It has those plastic highway-dividers all the way around it so you can move them around and skate them.

CONS:
Rough asphalt and on a slight hill, didn’t use continuous piece of coping on quarters and gaps don’t meet up too well, grommets galore.

PADS:
Not at all

COSTS:
Free as a bird

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.0/5 (537 votes)

BURRUS OLD MILL PARK AKA BLUE SPRINGS SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Blue Springs, MO.

ADDRESS:
112 NW Woods Chapel Rd., Blue Springs, MO 64015-3370.

DESCRIPTION:
Outdoor, unattended. Pre-fab obstacles by Skatewave, a company that obviously knows little about skateboarding. Poorly designed obstacles (mini ramp has kinks), there’s a quarterpipe with a 4 ft deck straight into a handrail (you basically have to just launch to it if you’re nuts or simply don’t care about yours). A handful of decent obstacles though (16-inch 5 ft long ledge, pyramid quarters, banks, and of course, a kinked flatbar.

PROS:
A few fun obstacles. Decent if you live close.

CONS:
Mini ramp is super narrow and has kinks where the trannies meet the flat. Usually over crowded.

PADS:
Nope.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.3/5 (364 votes)

CENTENNIAL SKATEPARK AKA LAWRENCE PARK  
LOCATION:
Lawrence, KS.

ADDRESS:
8th & Rockledge Lawrence, KS 66044.

DESCRIPTION:
Outdoor, unattended. Concrete obstacles, asphalt ground. A stage with banks, hubbas and a low flat wide handrail going down a 4-stair. Concrete boxes/ledges in three heights with good angle iron. 3 ft pyramid with tiny ledges. Concrete 4 ft tall 28 ft wide quarter and two 4 ft tall 8 ft wide quarters forming a 135 degree hip. A bank with two 135 degree hips, and a 6-inch escalating to 12-inch flat wide steel flatbar. What makes this park worth the drive is a wooden 5 ft tall 28 ft wide perfect mini ramp surfaced with Skatelite Pro (a little slippery when its cold or humid).

PROS:
Mini ramp jams with the homies. Good manual pad. Lit.

CONS:
Hubbas are way too small. Why does every park have a wretched kinked flatbar? Make it all one height!

PADS:
Nope.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Dawn ‘til 10:45 every day unless you are one of those bat-eyed kids who can skate in the dark. When the “extreme zone” lights start flashing you’ve got 15 minutes so make them count.
RATE THIS PARK

2.5/5 (380 votes)

DEANNA ROSE SKATEPARK AKA SOUTH PARK AKA OP PARK AKA OPP  
LOCATION:
Overland Park, KS.

ADDRESS:
135th & Switzer Overland Park, KS.

DESCRIPTION:
One of only two lit skateparks in KC metro. Recently reconstructed/reopened. Really similar to the old layout, but improved (despite some flaws that weren’t at the last park). Really smooth concrete park. 4 to 5 ft tall quarter, about 60 feet wide with bowled ends. Nice manual pad/box that unfortunately has round coping on 2 sides. Two flat bars: one 12 inches tall, the other 15 inches. Pyramid with hubba ledge flat hubba. Really fun 2.5 ft tight bowled quarter (think Neil Blender). A 6 ft tall spine with a short deck between each tranny. Nice 6 stair with handrail and a bank to wall.

PROS:
Rules for flatground and games of SKATE. Lit.

CONS:
A few minor flaws, especially the kink at one end of the manual pad. All the trannies are really quick, which could be a pro or a con, depending on your preference.

PADS:
None.

COSTS:
Free.


HOURS:

Daylight.
RATE THIS PARK

2.9/5 (453 votes)

EDGERTON SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Edgerton, MO.

ADDRESS:
Just south of Z Highway & B Highway.

DESCRIPTION:
Pre-fab metal and/or plastic obstacles on a smooth concrete slab. Somehow pretty decent for Skatewave, but maybe we’re just overlooking the quality of the park cause we’re giddy that it has lights and low traffic. Super long manual pad (bump about mid way through though), a few plastic benches that can be adjusted in height, a kicker, picnic table, huge barrier, and third street.

PROS:
Lights, not crowded. T.F. steez.

CONS:
Bump in the midway through the manual pad.

PADS:
None.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Dusk ‘til 11:00 (if lights aren’t on when you get there skate around until you trigger the sensors).
RATE THIS PARK

2.2/5 (318 votes)

EMPORIA SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Emporia, KS.

ADDRESS:
Corner of South St. & West St., Emporia, KS 66801.

DESCRIPTION:
Haven’t been there, anybody?

PROS:
We’ll let you know.

CONS:
We’ll let you know.

PADS:
Nada.

COSTS:
Zilch.

HOURS:

Not sure, but there are lights.
RATE THIS PARK

2.3/5 (308 votes)

GRANADA SKATEPARK AKA ROELAND PARK SKATEPARK AKA ROPO  
LOCATION:
Roeland Park, KS.

ADDRESS:
Smack dab on the corner of Granada & Sycamore (behind McDonalds).

DESCRIPTION:
A really small park, but with a lot packed in. This one

PROS:
Built well, makes you be creative (i.e. Ryan Pearce & J-Lo’s playground).

CONS:
If there are more than 5 people skating at a time that's too many. No tranny. Lurkers.

PADS:
None.

COSTS:
Nope.

HOURS:

Daytime (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

3.0/5 (441 votes)

GRANDVIEW SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Grandview, MO.

ADDRESS:
13610 Byars Rd. Grandview, MO 64030.

DESCRIPTION:
True Ride park, the best "pre-fab" equipment available. All wood/Skatelite park consisting of a super fun 24ft wide mini w/ extension, a pyramid, bank, hipped quarters, rails and 16 ft long round flatbar that's really fun on its good days, when it’s not too sticky or the roller bladers wax the crap out of it.

PROS:
Smooth and most of the obstacles are perfect in size/height/length.

CONS:
Ground can be pretty slick. Sun blindness when the sun is going down.

PADS:
Not required.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.8/5 (392 votes)

HARMON PARK AKA PRAIRIE VILLAGE SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Prairie Village, KS.

ADDRESS:
77th Pl. & Mission Rd.

DESCRIPTION:
First public park to have the guts to build something taller than 5 ft in the Kansas City area! That alone makes this park exciting! Features a nice bowl varying from 7 ft tall to 10 ft tall, with a lot of pockets, hips and even a loveseat. really smooth and fast. The deep end has real pool coping and the other end unfortunately has some sort of faux pool coping re-creation that chalks/breaks up really easily, so be careful on those grinds. The street course is a little small but still pretty decent in size, especially if it's not crowded (which is rarely). Features a small mellow 4-stair rail (wobbly), tall hubbas, cornered ledges, and some banks, banked hips, and a pyramid connected to a weird wallride obstacle. Not the greatest design as far as the street course goes, but it's made up for in the bowl.

PROS:
Bowl gnarler’s dream.

CONS:
Poorly designed/constructed street course. Put real pool coping on the smaller end of the bowl.

PADS:
Not required.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Dawn - 11pm (but there are no lights so basically it closes when the sun goes down).
RATE THIS PARK

2.6/5 (374 votes)

HAYS SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Hays, KS.

ADDRESS:
1733 Hilcock Hays, KS 67601.

DESCRIPTION:
Outdoor. Concrete bowl, mini ramp, street course, and vert ramp in a cozy fee-free environment.

PROS:
Lights.

CONS:
Not close to KC.

PADS:
Nope.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Anytime (Lit).
RATE THIS PARK

2.3/5 (298 votes)

HILL SKATEPARK AKA INDEPENDENCE SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Independence, MO.

ADDRESS:
21st & Maywood Ave., Independence, MO.

DESCRIPTION:
Probably the best concrete park in the KC metro area, featuring a huge bowl (varying from 6ft to 11 ft) and solid street course featuring a few handrails, nice size hubbas, flatbar, etc. Designed by Site Design so you know it's a solid design, but the local contractors obviously didn't know what they were doing when it came to the bowl...many imperfections (lumps, dips, kinks, no lip on the coping), but still definitely one of the better KC parks.

PROS:
Good sized ledges...none of that 6-inch high crap here.

CONS:
Dangerously slick. Lurker factor very very high. Can you believe that the contractors who build Pleasant Valley actually were hired again? Me neither.

PADS:
Not required, but watch your noggin in those bowls!

COSTS:
Might cost you a knife jab, but otherwise it

HOURS:

Daytime (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

3.0/5 (451 votes)

KC INDOOR SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Merriam, KS.

ADDRESS:
9701 W. 67th St., Merriam, KS. (913) 262-1234. www.kcskatepark.com.

DESCRIPTION:
22,000 square foot recently reopened indoor park. Pyramid, 6 foot quarters, 9 foot quarter, euro gap, handrails and a nice double set and a separate smaller course for the kiddies. In a separate, heated room is a super mellow 4ft mini ramp with an extension.

PROS:
Indoor!

CONS:
Crash course on busier days. Lip of the coping on the mini is rather large.


PADS:
Check with park for more info.


COSTS:
$10.00.


HOURS:

Monday – Wednesday Closed, Thursday 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 4:00 - 10:00, Saturday 11:00 - 10:00, Sunday 12:00 - 9:00.
RATE THIS PARK

3.0/5 (323 votes)

KENAGY PARK AKA RAYTOWN SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Raytown, MO.

ADDRESS:
Kenagy Park 79th & Arlington, just west of Raytown Rd.

DESCRIPTION:
Pre-fab metal ramps by Arc on a tennis court. What’s amazing about Arc is that the owner has skated yet still doesn’t realize they’re making bad obstacles. Most of the park is impractical…ever heard the expression “less is more”? Well, sometimes it’s true. Anyway, quarter pipes, speed bumps, small spine, pyramid, large banks, small manual pad and the obligatory kinked flatbar. Better than nothing I guess, but why can’t cities start using their money on skateparks and are actually fun to skate?

PROS:
Uh, it’s near your house?

CONS:
Metal surface; loud and slick. Poorly designed.

PADS:
Nope.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.2/5 (357 votes)

LEA MCKEIGHAN AKA LEE’S SUMMIT SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Lee’s Summit, MO.

ADDRESS:
125 NE Chipman Rd.

DESCRIPTION:
Concrete skatepark featuring a 6 ft bowl that hips out into the rest of the park, which features a 20 ft wide 9 ft quarter, multiple banks, hips, hubbas, euro gap, bank to ledges, flatbar and a great concrete bench with metal edges.

PROS:
Smooth and fast. The concrete bench is pretty much perfection.

CONS:
Banks are pretty steep and large to get used to. Collision factor is pretty high if it’s crowded.

PADS:
Not required.

COSTS:
Free

HOURS:

Dusk til dawn.
RATE THIS PARK

2.3/5 (282 votes)

LENEXA SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Lenexa, KS.

ADDRESS:
87th & Greenway, Lenexa, KS.

DESCRIPTION:
Terrible, don't go there unless you like tiny outdoor plots of random wavy concrete and little bits of steel surrounded junior high school Johnson County gang bangers on scooters smoking to look cool. There are a few fun things to hit, but unless you live close save yourself the trip.

PROS:
No, but who cares if you can skate without pads on something that's totally unskateable?

CONS:
Decent pyramid and long metal edged ledge.

PADS:
Horrid concrete mini ramp complete with kinks and bad coping.

COSTS:
They should pay you to skate there, but for the record it's free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.3/5 (417 votes)

MEMORIAL PARK AKA BELTON SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Belton, MO.

ADDRESS:
16400 S. Mullen Rd.

DESCRIPTION:
Smooth concrete pad with some Skatewave concrete and/or plastic or metal pre-fab obstacles. You’ve got a concrete bank, super small concrete quarter, concrete third street, concrete manual pad that wobbles, a really good metal picnic table, a good long round flat bar (could be a little higher though), and a two tiered manual pad with metal edges that are really fun. Yeah, you’ve gotta question what they were thinking of some of these obstacles but somehow the good obstacles, smoothness and low traffic make this park pretty fun, although some obstacles are getting pretty beat already.

PROS:
T.S.T.F. (Top Secret Training Facility) for ledge tricks. Not overly crowded.

CONS:
Abrupt roll up on bottom of bank, wobbly manual pad.

PADS:
Nuh uh.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.3/5 (306 votes)

MOUSETRAP SKATEPARK AKA TOPEKA SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Topeka, KS.

ADDRESS:
801 NE Poplar Topeka, KS 66616.

DESCRIPTION:
Outdoor, unattended, all concrete. Three nice quarters ranging 3 ft to 6 ft, 2 ft half pyramid against a 4 ft half pyramid with an angle ironed box thingy on top (useless), various little angle ironed flat manual pads/ledges, 4 ft half bowl and teardrop, flat wide handrail, ledge off the 8-stair, double parallel banks with a deathdrop between them and ledge extending across the drop from bank to bank (grind from one bank over the gap and onto the next), strange wedge bank to bank (no flat on top) with angle ironed ledge, wide flat 12-inch escalating to18-inch wide flatbar, and a couple of other weird things. This is a fun park and the tranny and coping is the best combo of any of the concrete parks in the Kansas/Missouri area (i.e. not wavy and coping is set right for a change). It is tough to get speed from one side of the pyramids because they are a short distance from a fence. Worth the drive.

PROS:
Super smooth daddio. Lights.

CONS:
Park flow isn’t the best.

PADS:
None.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Dawn til 11:00pm, Lit.
RATE THIS PARK

2.4/5 (306 votes)

O-TOWN SKATEPARK AKA OTTAWA SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
LOCATION: Ottawa, KS.

ADDRESS:
3rd St., Ottawa, KS 66067.

DESCRIPTION:
Metal obstacles on a tennis course. Surprisingly smooth and fun…good trannies and obstacle heights. Super wide 6 ft quarter connected to an 8 ft quarter, pyramid with fat wide rail over and down wide bank with quarter in the middle and bench running the distance along the top. Round kinked flat bar that would be so sick if it was just all the height of the higher end (i.e. stop making kinked flatbars!). Oh yeah, a pretty decent manual pad.

PROS:
Smooth. Good radius on trannies, Arc actually made something decent.

CONS:
Metal is pretty rusty. Tennis court is cracking and breaking up in spots.

PADS:
No.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.3/5 (273 votes)

OLD DOWNTOWN BONNER PARK  
LOCATION:
Bonner Springs, KS

ADDRESS:
246 Shadyside St., Bonner Springs, KS
66012

DESCRIPTION:
Located in old downtown Bonner, just in the backyards of the small town, lies a skatepark that most would deem as a joke. Although the metal ramps may throw you off, the park is actually pretty fun. 6 ft quarter leading to the fun box with mini-euro, bump to bar, and small handrail. That then puts you on a Rosedale-esque bank. From there you can go to the other side of the park with a picnic table, low to high kinked flatbar, or the infamous 2 foot spine (so fun). Don’t let the black metal ramps fool you, the flatground is abundant and smooth, and you’ll almost want to come back to this park.

PROS:
Smooth, open flatground, flatbars, mellow atmosphere.

CONS:
Metal ramps, Bonner springs none-skateboarder lurkers.

PADS:
None.

COSTS:
3rd degree burns if you fall on the ramps in the summer!

HOURS:

Sun up to sun down.
RATE THIS PARK

2.2/5 (222 votes)

PENN VALLEY AKA DOWNTOWN PARK  
LOCATION:
Kansas City, MO.

ADDRESS:
2900 Penn St. Downtown Kansas City.

DESCRIPTION:
Amazing, city officials finally realized not only do you have to have someone pro design it (Site Design), but that who actually does the construction is even more important (California Skateparks). Now if they only didn’t use the rest of the funding for something else and actually finished the street course. Even still, this park is sick. Flawless bowl with 6 ft, 10 ft and 8 ft pocket sections with metal coping except for the pool cope in the pocket (with tile to boot). “Street plaza” is fairly limited since it’s only half done. Some hips, rails, huge euro gap, short flatbar (with no rollaway cause the park’s not done) and two natural grass gaps (a nice addition not found in many skateparks).

PROS:
Couldn’t ask for a smoother park. Coping is set perfectly.

CONS:
Street course incomplete and limited. No restrooms.

PADS:
Might want them for the bowl, but not required.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (they skimped on the lights that were in the original plans).
RATE THIS PARK

3.4/5 (549 votes)

PIERSON PARK AKA TURNER PARK AKA LOVELL LAND  
LOCATION:
Turner, KS.

ADDRESS:
59th & Oak Grove Rd.

DESCRIPTION:
Outdoors, in the hometown of Ryan Lovell and Joseph Lopez, Joseph actually graduated from the high school right down the street. A pre-built skatepark that asks for nothing but gives everything. Many various quarterpipes, the tallest one being 5ft so unless you’re Andy Mac leave the pads at home. A rather large pyramid, not large as in tall but large as in wide. It takes about two minutes to ride to the top to bust your Muska flip. On the pyramid is an across-and-down flatbar, no need for ollie skills here kid, all you gotta do is lift that nose and you’re set. The MEGAminiRAMP (ditch) is a 3 ft tall (maybe) ramp with coping that grinds for days. That not good enough for you? There’s also an extension on the side to get extra epic on. Various bank ramps for you to get tech on and even a handrail that’s almost too tall but still shredable.

PROS:
It’s just a good time.

CONS:
What?! None at all.

PADS:
Optional.

COSTS:
Give your dues to Lovell. The man built the park himself.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.7/5 (336 votes)

PLEASANT VALLEY SKATEPARK AKA NORTHPARK AKA UNPLEASANT VALLEY  
LOCATION:
North Kansas City, MO. (Closest park to ESCAPIST NORTH).

ADDRESS:
1 mile east of N. Brighton on Pleasant Valley Rd., Kansas City, MO 64155 (behind baseball fields).

DESCRIPTION:
Outdoor, unattended, concrete. Biggest park in Kansas City area, several 4 ft bowls with bad coping, two bowled ends have a funny little ledge on top of them with angle iron rather than round coping, big 4 ft pyramid, 8-stair with square handrail and hubbas with round coping (go figure), bank to 9-inch ledge (difficult to get too), bank to pop out, 6 ft taco, a big funbox with hubbas and round handrails going down the banks, 4 ft spine with a single piece of coping which spreads to a tear drop with smaller coping, 2 ft flat ledges with round coping placed around the perimeter of the park, steel 6-inch tall 24 ft long square flatbar, steel 15-inch tall 24 ft long square flatbar, steel 18-inch tall 24 ft long square profile flatbar. This park has a lot of lines and is good for older guys who like to go fast (though there is way too much flat bottom), but it gets overrun by little kids on tricycles and scooters and other lame toys during the dusk hours of nice weather days.

PROS:
A lot of space and a little bit of everything. Flat bars are fun; long and not kinked. Lights (although 5 years too late).

CONS:
Wavy trannies with brushed concrete, huge gaps where rubber has come out of expansion cracks, shifting and cracking of seams, round coping welded on top of angle iron in about half of the bowls (huge lip), horrible graffiti, trash, bees, lurkers.

PADS:
Nope.

COSTS:
Nada.

HOURS:

Dusk ‘til midnight (lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.7/5 (446 votes)

PLUNKETT SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Mexico, MO.

ADDRESS:
Corner of Hendrix & Plunkett.

DESCRIPTION:
Plunkett Park has a well-built mini-ramp, about 32-feet wide, half of it is 5 1/2 feet tall, the other half about 5

PROS:
Mini rampness.

CONS:
Street course is busted.

PADS:
Not required.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.2/5 (256 votes)

REGENT PARK AKA EXCELSIOR SPRINGS SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Excelsior Springs, MO.

ADDRESS:
Marietta & Richmond.

DESCRIPTION:
Yet another skatepark by Arc. Pre-fab metal ramps so if you’re a fan of metal riding surface you might enjoy it.

PROS:
We’ll let you know.

CONS:
Arc.

PADS:
Not Required.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.2/5 (281 votes)

RENNER BRENNER SITE PARK AKA RIVERSIDE SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Riverside, MO.

ADDRESS:
NW Vivian Rd & NW Gateway

DESCRIPTION:
Tucked away in Riverside, this park has your basic pre-fab obstacles (small narrow quarter, nice mellow pyramid, some bank ramps, the dreaded kinked flat bar, a small handrail that

PROS:
Smooth surface, fun street obstacles.

CONS:
Could have added more ledges and boxes instead of a spine 4 ft. spine ramp that you can

PADS:
Nuh uh.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.7/5 (359 votes)

RIDGEVIEW SKATEPARK AKA OLATHE SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Olathe, KS.

ADDRESS:
117th & Ridgeview.

DESCRIPTION:
Someone please put the people who made this disgusting excuse for a skatepark out of their misery. We think they also built the Lenexa Park. It's nothing more than a pre-teen kegger. We wish they would let skaters (who didn't start within the past year) design parks. Concrete mini (horrible, kinks, wavy, bad transistions), kinked flat bar that goes from 6-inches to 18-inches (yay!), super small pyramid and some other stuff I can’t even remember. Now if we could only erase the rest of the park from our memory.

PROS:
You could be dead I guess.

CONS:
Besides every obstacle being completely useless, even the flatground is wavy.

PADS:
No.

COSTS:
If you drive there, you

HOURS:

We wish it never opened.
RATE THIS PARK

2.2/5 (324 votes)

ROBERTS SKATEPARK AKA OMAHA SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Omaha, NE.

ADDRESS:
78th & Cass St.

DESCRIPTION:
Outdoor, concrete. Snake run, an 8-stair w/ rails, pyramid with ledge up top and hubbas, banks, ledges and hubbas and a keyhole style bowl.

PROS:
Free.

CONS:
Snake run is sort of strange to skate, should be tighter.

PADS:
None required.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.3/5 (258 votes)

ROSEDALE SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Rosedale, KS.

ADDRESS:
42nd & Mission Rd. in Rosedale Park.

DESCRIPTION:
Pre-fab skatepark built by a company that obviously doesn't know the first thing about skateboarding (Huna). Although these ramps feature a nice Skatelite surface and solid metal framing, they are very poorly constructed in that the metal riding surface at the base of the ramps is not only very abrupt, they're starting to separate from the Skatelite creating a gap. The layout of the course is even worse than construction of the ramps. Whoever designed the course layout has been playing too much Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and has no grasp on the concept of what's possible on a skateboard: for instance there's a 6 ft quarter that's really hard to get to the lip of, let alone transfer from it to the 4 ft wide hip attached to it. The flat bars have clunky bases that really hinder any kind of fun you could have on these, plus they’re starting to come loose and are wobbly. Basically, the park sucks, bad. If you live close it's kind of fun messin' around on the fun box and skating the flat ground (super smooth).

PROS:
Flatground T.F.

CONS:
Huna.

PADS:
Nuh uh.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.3/5 (293 votes)

SANTA FE TRAIL SKATEPARK AKA NEW INDEPENDENCE SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Independence, MO.

ADDRESS:
29th St & Santa Fe Rd., Independence, MO.

DESCRIPTION:
Really, really small concrete park featuring 3 ledges/manual pads about18 inches high and a shorter curved ledge/manual pad about 15 inches high. There’s a long 4 or 5 stair with some tall mellow handrails about 2.5 inches square. Small street plaza-type parks are a cool idea for cities who don’t want to drop a ton of cash but this could have been executed better. Some obstacles are really hard to hit cause there’s absolutely no flow and the kinks at the bottom of the bank is really abrupt.

PROS:
Good to see obstacles made at challenging heights.

CONS:
Poorly laid out – no flow.

PADS:
Nada.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.3/5 (274 votes)

SHUNGA GLEN SKATEPARK AKA NEW TOPEKA PARK AKA BEATLEJUICE PARK  
LOCATION:
South Topeka, KS.

ADDRESS:
27th & Burlingame in Shung Glen Park.

DESCRIPTION:
Quite possibly the smoothest outdoor concrete park you'll ever skate, it's a shame that it's not designed very well. Consists of a 6.5 ft bowl that spines into a 7.5 bowl with a 9.5 foot wall opposite the spine that hips into some banks that put you into the "street course." The lines aren't great by any means and the bowls are really tight with very little flat. I've heard it called a "BMX park" more than a few times due to the way it's laid out, a statement solidified by the fact that the majority of the use comes from BMXers.

PROS:
Smooth daddy.

CONS:
Poor design, no flow.

PADS:
Not at all.

COSTS:
None.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.2/5 (255 votes)

SPRINGFIELD SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Springfield, MO.

ADDRESS:
945 W. Meadowmere St., Springfield, MO 65807. (417) 868-8758. www.sk8springfield.com.

DESCRIPTION:
Indoor/Outdoor combo. Indoor is wood (birch surface). Super wide 5 ft mini that was fun until bikes got a hold of the coping. Quarters varying in height (3 ft to 10 ft), pyramid with hubbas, third street with rail over and down. Good amount of space but surface is scary slick. Kiddie area as well. Outdoor concrete area with a perfect bowl courtesy of Site Design and a small concrete street course…eh.

PROS:
Somewhere to go when it’s cold out.

CONS:
Too slick. Coping ruined by pegs.

PADS:
Not unless you’re under 12 years old.

COSTS:
$5 each session ($10 for non-members. Membership $20/year).

HOURS:

Closed Monday. 4:00 - 10:00 Tuesday - Thursday, 2:30 - midnight Friday, 10:00 - midnight, noon - 11:00 Sunday (bike night 6:00 - 11:00).
RATE THIS PARK

2.5/5 (290 votes)

SWARNER PARK AKA SHAWNEE SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Shawnee, KS.

ADDRESS:
63rd & Lackman Rd., Shawnee, KS.

DESCRIPTION:
B-U-R-L-E-Y! By far the largest bowl in Kansas City. Pretty unique design, features a full pipe capsule, extensions, and varying heights of bowled walls. Street course is not all that and will probably be too crowded if more than 5 people are skating it.

PROS:
Time to man up.

CONS:
Nobody is doing good street courses.

PADS:
Might want them, but they’re not required.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

As long as it’s light outside, shred.
RATE THIS PARK

2.8/5 (330 votes)

SWOPE PARK MINI RAMP  
LOCATION:
Kansas City, MO.

ADDRESS:
Meyer Blvd. & Swope Parkway.

DESCRIPTION:
Outdoor, 6 ft. mini ramp with 8 ft. set back extensions, 36 ft. wide. Wood framing with Skatelight surface, really solid.

PROS:
Fast, free, and no pads.

CONS:
A little steep for some people's tastes (time to man-up!), lip of the coping can be big in spots.

PADS:
Not required.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.5/5 (276 votes)

UPPER BANNER PARK AKA LEE'S SUMMIT PARK  
LOCATION:
Lee's Summit, MO.

ADDRESS:
Just north of NE Noeleen Ln & Columbus Rd in Upper Banner Park.

DESCRIPTION:
It's ironic, really. Parks are popping up left and right in town, some dropping tons of cash, and this tiny park consisting of a mini ramp, a small manual box, and two flat bars is more fun that most. First off, the mini ramp is one of the best in the KC area…5.5 ft tall, quick trannies (FINALLY) although sort of abrupt transition to the flat, 24 ft wide, good coping with a good lip (amazing, someone did it right!). There's a round flat bar, about 12 inches tall...could use another few inches in height but it's still pretty fun. Then there's the dreaded kinked flat bar...why every single park has to have one of these pointless obstacles is beyond me, but the higher part is actually a pretty decent length in itself (about 6-7 ft) and the low part isn't as low as some, so admittedly it is pretty fun, but if the entire 20 ft length was 18 inches like the high part it would have been so much better. There’s also a 4 ft wide 8 ft long 12 inch high manual pad. Ah, the simple pleasures in life...

PROS:
Good mini and design adheres to the fact that less can definitely be more.

CONS:
Asphalt surface is pretty beat in spots, no lights.

PADS:
Nope.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.2/5 (266 votes)

WALKER SCHOOL SKATEPARK AKA BLUE SPRINGS CONCRETE PARK  
LOCATION:
Blue Springs, MO.

ADDRESS:
14 SE Walnut St., Blue Springs, MO 64104.

DESCRIPTION:
This park is small and to the point, which in a way is a nice change from all the parks trying to fit too many obstacles in a small area. This 4500 sq/ft concrete park is basically a back-and-forth park featuring your basic street obstacles. Good sized hubbas, a few rails (one is good height, one is too small and fat), a long 4-stair and a nice 3 flat 3 double set. Sure it can get boring really quick but the idea is it’s like a spot, you move on after a while. Let’s hope we see a lot of smaller street plaza-like parks pop-up throughout the city.

PROS:
Good street-like obstacles. Fast, smooth concrete that’s not too slick.

CONS:
Can get crowded quickly. No flatground manual pad or ledge.

PADS:
Nope.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.3/5 (264 votes)

WICHITA SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Wichita, KS.

ADDRESS:
645 S. St. Francis St., Downtown Wichita.

DESCRIPTION:
A concrete park with the solid combo of Site Design and California Skateparks. Three bowls varying in height and radius. Metal coping throughout, tile on some. Street plaza style street course…stairs, handrails, hubbas, ledges. Can’t wait to skate it.

PROS:
Impeccable design/contractor team responsible for the better parks in the country. Super smooth, lip on coping flawless. Majority of the park is covered from the elements by the highway overpass overhead.

CONS:
We’ll let you know if we find any.

PADS:
Not required.

COSTS:
Free.

HOURS:

Dusk ‘til Dawn.
RATE THIS PARK

2.5/5 (278 votes)

WYANDOTTE COUNTY PARK AKA BONNER SPRINGS SKATEPARK  
LOCATION:
Bonner Springs, KS.

ADDRESS:
Leavenworth Rd. & 91st St.

DESCRIPTION:
Pretty much identical to Rosedale Skatepark, same playground equipment “skatepark” company. Although miraculously this one manages to be even worse due to the asphalt surface so you don’t even get the flatground blissfulness of Rosedale.

PROS:
Uhhh…it’s free?

CONS:
Artists.

PADS:
None.

COSTS:
They should pay us to ride it.

HOURS:

Daylight (no lights).
RATE THIS PARK

2.1/5 (279 votes)


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