Where to Skate: Skateparks

A listing and other information about city-operated public skateparks, located NYC Parks Dept. properties, can be found at www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/skateparks. That list will be longer than what you read below. Since around 2018, the city has made an effort to add small skateparks to existing parks all around town, and we can't keep up!

There are also two skateparks in Hudson River Park, which is operated by a public trust on behalf of the city and state.


Working from south to north...

Brooklyn Banks
Pearl St. under the Brooklyn Bridge

Iconic spot directly underneath the Brooklyn Bridge that was extremely popular amongst aggressive inline skaters, boarders and BMX bikers, and was considered the iconic skateboard spot in the city until the actual skateparks started to pop up around town during the inline boom of the 1990s.

There are some rails here plus a ramp-like area known as the Wall, but also a lot of brick surfaces and broken glass strewn liberally about. Unfortunately, the area was closed and fenced off since 2010, when DOT started rehabilitation work on the bridge. It was supposed to re-open in 2014, but it wasn't until May 2023 that it partially re-opened.

Coleman Skatepark
LES/Coleman Skatepark

Lower East Side/Coleman Skatepark
Manhattan Bridge at Monroe St.

City Parks Dept. facility located directly under the Manhattan Bridge and adjacent to Coleman Playground. The park is reported to have been rebuilt/renovated in 2012. Also known as the Coleman Square Skatepark and as the Chinatown Skatepark.

The park has been very busy when I have skated by on weekend afternoons in 2018-2019, but seemingly every user was on a skateboard.

Hudson River Park - Tribeca Skatepark
Pier 25 in Hudson River Park, West Side Hwy. at N. Moore St.

This is the one of two skateparks opened by the HRP trust since 2010. Also called the Pier 25 Skatepark, it is a skate "plaza" right alongside the river. Closest access is the N. Moore St. intersection on West St. It is also about three or four blocks north of Stuyvesant High School and Chambers St. Plenty of concrete ledges and such, but no ramps or pipes.

The park requires a helmet and recommends other padding, but the facility is unsupervised. Admission is free and the park is open 8 a.m. until sunset, year-round.

Hudson River Park - Pier 62 Skatepark
Pier 62 in Hudson River Park, West Side Hwy. at W. 22nd St.

This is the first permanent skatepark opened (in May 2010) by the HRP trust after experimenting at a couple other locations to the south in Tribeca around Vestry St. and then further north at 30th St. near the heliport. This park is out on Pier 62 at 22nd St. by Chelsea Piers. Actually, this is the same pier where Chelsea Piers operated a skating rink and skateparkn in the 1990s, but the new facility is publicly owned and there is no adjoining rink.

The facility is concrete and has a variety of skate toys, all designed to fit into an ovular shape with "natural" curves. The website described it as "California-style".

The park requires a helmet and recommends other padding, but the facility is unsupervised. Admission is free and the park is open 8 a.m. until sunset.

Andy Kessler Skate Park
Riverside Park, Riverside Dr. at 108th St.
212-408-0265 (office of Riverside Park administrator)

The first of the new public skateparks to appear in the mid 1990s. It opened about Labor Day 1996 and for a while was one of only two public parks in the city, along with Mullaly in the Bronx. The park was renovated in 2013, but subsequently redesigned and rebuilt. The street course section opened in autumn 2020, but as of August 2021, the separate concrete bowl was far from being completed. The park had been called the Riverside Skate Park since it first opened, but with the 2020 renovation, it was officially renamed in memory of skateboarder Andy Kessler, who was a major force behind the original creation of the park.

In terms of the "three-tier" description of Riverside Park, the skatepark is on the lowest tier. It is immediately adjacent to the Henry Hudson Pkwy., but between the highway and the rest of the park rather than alongside the river. Enter the park at the stairs on Riverside Dr. at 108th St. and keep heading downward and toward the river. (Alternatively, enter at the 99th St. steps, then skate north and to the left.) The skate park is in the midst of a strip running from 101st St to 112th St. that includes basketball courts, beach volleyball courts and a softball diamond.

Admission was free at last report. Full armor (helmet, kneepads, elbowpads and wristguards) and signed waiver are required. The park is open from mid April to late October, and perhaps into November if weather permits. Hours vary.

East Harlem Skatepark
Thomas Jefferson Park near East 114th St. and Pleasant Ave.

Small skatepark that opened in November 2017. The site is tucked away in the northeast corner of Thomas Jefferson Park, in between a couple basketball courts and the FDR, and right outside the south entrance of the MCSM high school.

Hamilton Bridge Skatepark
Hamilton Bridge Skatepark

Hamilton Bridge Skatepark
Highbridge Park, Amsterdam Ave. at 181st St

Also known as the 181st St. Skatepark.

A long time in the making, this skatepark opened late 2013 and is said to be the largest park in the city. It's a bit tricky to find because it's tucked away in an out-of-the-way location under a bridge. Head for the Washington Bridge at Amsterdam and 181st and look for a bikepath on the south side heading down into Highbridge Park. Follow the path and you should find the skatepark underneath the Hamilton Bridge at 179th St. Unfortunately, there is a stairway and the path asphalt is not great, so you'll likely want to walk to the park and put your skates once you get there.


Canarsie Skatepark
Canarsie Park, at Seaview Ave. and Paerdegat Ave N.

Small neighborhood skatepark, located at the west end of the park by the cricket grounds. No enclosing fence or other barrier, so skateable at any hour.

City Line Skatepark
City Line Park, at Wells St. at Chestnut St., East New York

Small neighborhood skatepark, located in the middle of the park just north of the tennis courts and adjacent to P.S. 615. Opened August 2019.

Golconda Skatepark
Gold St. and Concord St., under the BQE, Downtown Brooklyn

Skatepark near the Manhattan Bridge that opened November 2016, located at what has been the informal "Fat Kid Spot" park. Obstacles are described as being "street-style".

Ickes Playground
Van Brunt St. and Hamilton Ave., Red Hook

Plans were announced late September 2017 to replace some or all of this playground (located across Van Brunt from the Tesla dealership) with a skatepark. The design was completed by early 2019, but cosntruction didn't begin until 2023, and it finally opened at the start of 2024.

(As of early May 2024, the city Parks Dept. website for this park has not been updated to show skatepark info.)

Linden Park
Stanley Ave. at Van Siclen Ave., East New York

Addition of a skatepark was part of the plan for a complete renovation of the park playground area alongside Gershwin Jr. High School, which began 2019. We haven't heard yet what progress has been made on the skatepark.

Millenium Skatepark
Millenium Skatepark at Owl's Head

Millennium Skatepark at Owl's Head
Shore Pkwy. at 68th St., Bay Ridge

A mostly concrete outdoor skatepark that opened in summer 2001. This is a public park, and admission is free. At one time the schedule seemed to differentiate between skateboard and BMX times. When we've skated past on weekend afternoons in recent years, users were split about half and half between skateboarders and scooter riders.

The skatepark is on the north side of Owl's Head Park. Easiest access is to head to the corner of Colonial Rd. and Wakeman Place, then follow the bikepath into the park about a hundred yards. Alternatively, head for the corner of 68th St. and Shore Road and take the bikepath north past the dog run.

Ocean Hill Playground
Bergen St. at Rockaway Ave., Bed-Stuy

Street-oriented skatepark of about 10,000 sq feet that opened late 2023 in the playground adjacent to Brooklyn Collegiate School.

St. Mary's Playground
Smith St. at Luquer St., Carroll Gardens/Gowanus

Neighborhood park that underwent reconstruction after being closed for many years to facilitate subway work. When it re-opened in May 2018, it included a small skatepark.

The Bronx

Bronx Park
Bronx Park, Bronx Park East at Britton St., Allerton

Public skate park that opened in summer 2008 alongside a new soccer field. Area is about 6000 square feet. It is located about a block north of Allerton Ave., and there is a loop off the Bronx Park East bikepath that passes alongside.

Bruckner Skatepark
Bruckner Playground, Brinsmade Ave. at Cross Bronx Service Rd., Schuylerville

Also known as the Throggs Neck skatepark. Small city Parks Dept. skatepark tucked away behind MS 101 in the far eastern Bronx.

Mullaly Park
164th St. and River Ave., Concourse

This park just across 164th St. from new Yankee Stadium was in the early 1990s the only place in the city that could be called a skate park. On chilly autumn mornings, you could find kids sneaking in and wiping the dew off the decrepit mini-ramp so that they could get a few runs in before the gates were opened and a line formed.

The park has been renovated at least twice since then, including early 1998 and late 2003. Neither renovation has catered to inline skaters, and a visit in late 2016 suggests that the park users are almost entirely BMX type bikers. So aggressive bladers will have their gripes about the orientation of the park features. Nevertheless, the park seems to be in good condition and running smoothly.

Playground 52
Kelly St. at Avenue St. John, Longwood

New skatepark opened September 2018 after the neighborhood park underwent reconstruction.

River Ave Skatepark
River Ave. Skatepark

River Avenue Park
157th St. and River Ave., Concourse

Opened in 2010 and located across the street and south of the old Yankee Stadium site — and four or five blocks south of Mullaly Park. Mostly open air, with just a small part under the elevated subway tracks. The site is all concrete, so there are ledges and such, but no ramps or pipes.

Wlliamsbridge Oval Skatepark
Reservoir Oval East btw Holt Place and Reservoir Place, Norwood

New skatepark opened August 2019.


Photo of Maloof Skatepark
Maloof Skatepark

Maloof Skatepark
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Large public skatepark originally built in 2010 for a skateboarding competition. Located about a quarter mile south of the Unisphere and adjacent to the old New York State Pavilion.

Forest Park Skate Park
Forest Park, Woodhaven Blvd. at Myrtle Ave.

Public skatepark that opened summer 2003. Located at the Greenhouse basketball courts. Photo ID and waiver required.

Lomdon Planetree Skatepark
London Planetree Playground, Atlantic Ave. at 88th St., Ozone Park

Located on the border between Ozone Park and Woodhaven, about a mile south of the Forest Park facility. Outdoor public skatepark that opened in summer 2013. Basically a "skate plaza" with various features.

Rockaway Skate Park
Shore Front Parkway at Beach 91st St., Rockaway Beach

An outdoor public skatepark that opened in September 2004. Local skaters and boarders were able to contribute suggestions during the design process, so we expect it turned out to be pretty skateable. There are ten ramps and several rails. Armor and waiver required. Open mid April to mid October.

Staten Island

5050 Skatepark
354 Front St., Stapleton

Reputedly the only indoor skatepark in the city, located about a mile south of the Staten Island Ferry landing at Richmond, and just around the corner from the Stapleton train station. Privately owned facility of about 8000 square feet that opened in 2012. The owners decided to open the spot after the city messed up Ben Soto Skatepark.

Ben Soto Skatepark
Midland Beach Playground, Father Capodanno Blvd. at Graham Blvd.

Public skate park that opened in April 2005. However, the city Parks Dept. removed and threw out all the equipment in April 2011 saying it was no longer in acceptable condition. A few rails and ledges were reported to have been left in place, but that's it.

Faber Skatepark
Faber Park, 2175 Richmond Terr., Port Richmond

Public skate park that opened in 2015 adjacent to Faber Pool and close to the Bayonne Bridge.

Long Island

Skateparks on Long Island used to come and go practically with the seasons. Things stabilized for a while with the opening of a several publicly owned parks, but one of the few remaining privately owned parks closed in 2017.

Baldwin Skatepark
Baldwin Park, Baldwin, Hempstead

Publicly owned outdoor park that opened 2002. About 11k square feet, open to boards and inlines but no bikes. ID and protective gear required. Website also says proof of residence required, without indicating whether non-residents can use the park at all. Located about 2 miles south of the Baldwin station on the LIRR.

Greenport Skate Park
Moores Lane, Greenport

Free public outdoor skate park almost all the way to the east end of Long Island. Located on Moores Lane about a block north of Front St. and about 3/4 of a mile from the Greenport train station.

Huntington Skatepark
Greenlawn Park, Broadway and Cuba Hill Road, Huntington
631-351-3089 (office of Parks Dept director)

Publicly owned park that opened May 2004. About 9k square feet.

Entry fee and season pass pricing varies depending on whether you are a local resident.

Inline 1 Sports Center
Hallock Ave. / Route 25A off Crystal Brookhollow Rd., Mount Sinai

Outdoor park. Over 14k square feet. Open seven days a week weather permitting, and open after dark. Located about a mile east of the Port Jefferson Station on the Long Island Rail Road.

Rockland County

Drop In Skate Park
#143 Route 59 East, Hillburn Industrial Park, Hillburn, NY

Formerly located in New Jersey but now moved just barely across the border into Rockland County, close to I-87.