If your youngster lives in a helmet and is glued to a skateboard, scooter, bike, or longboard you may already know where the best skateparks in Central Ohio are located! Just in case you are new to this extreme sport, or your kids are bored with their favorite spots and want to mix it up, here’s a list of the best skateparks in Columbus…as rated by a young skater friend with mad skillz.
Each skatepark offers something different and unique, so visit a few to get a feel for what you and your skater are looking for. Parents may want to make sure there’s seating for them, shade for hot days, and different areas for differing levels of difficulty. Skaters are deeply interested in whether there are pipes (half or quarter), rails, bowls, and other features. We have tried to list everything important to the whole family, but parks change, update, and even close sometimes. This list was as complete as we could make it at the time of publishing, and you’ll want to double-check the information for yourself. We strongly recommend appropriate safety equipment be worn at all times, and that a parent accompany children of any age to all of these skateparks. Skate at your own risk, as safely as possible, and have fun!
The park is located south of Perimeter Drive just north of the Dublin Justice Center, which is located at 6565 Commerce Parkway.
260 Village Park Drive
Powell, OH 43065
Great little backyard bowl, perfect for serious bowl riders. It has a street area, euro gap, ramps, and a quarter-pipe. Some areas are very good for beginners, but most of the skaters here are older and more expert. A great place to watch serious skating, the slower and younger kids will need close supervision to prevent poor riding etiquette on their part and to avoid clashes and crashes with the fastest and oldest riders. There are a few benches, but little shade here. We recommend a picnic blanket or folding chairs and maybe a tall, cool drink.
Olentangy River Parklands
600 West Wilson Bridge Road
Worthington, OH 43085
This is a tiny park with an even smaller skatepark, located on foot behind the tennis court, just follow the path. Mini but mighty fun, this park features a bowl, hubbas, ledges, a quarter-pipe, and pyramid. More for street riders than verts, it attracts quite a few beginner to moderately talented riders. There are benches along the fence, some in shade, for parents. The park is built into a hill so you can also put a chair or blanket above the park to keep an eye on young ones. Being a walk-to-ride spot, and with the walking trail right next to the skatepark, parental supervision of all but the oldest riders is a must.
Inniswood Metro Gardens
Park Meadow Road
Westerville, OH 43081
A small area of street ride, with hubbas, snake run, banks, fun boxes, a euro gap and a bowl, too. The bowls is functional, but not spectacular. Intimidating for the youngest beginners, older and more experienced riders enjoy the vert and some good lines. It isn’t amazing, but decent rides are certainly to be had. Not much seating here for parents, so bring a blanket or chairs, also lacking in shade.
Dodge Park and Rec Center
667 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
This park was designed by Tony Hawk’s dad, and includes quarter-pipes, 3 drop-in bowls of different sizes, a snake run, and one of the bowls can function as a half-pipe. Bikes, blades, and boards are all welcome here. It also includes some shallow rolling surfaces perfect for beginners. Built in the 90’s, there is some wear and the concrete is a little lumpy and uneven in places. Pads are strongly recommended, as the unusual surface is a little too smooth and gives you mondo road rash (as though it were rough fiberglass) if you fall. There are a very few benches inside the skatepark on the blacktop, but right outside the fence is tree-shaded grass perfect for picnic blanket or folding chairs, within easy sight of all but the deepest bowls.
Jeffery Mansion Park
At the corner of College and Main Street, behind City Hall.
Bexley, OH 43209
Less impressive than others on the list, but a good choice for beginners. Composed of portable ramps and pipes and other equipment, hours are limited. Contact the Bexley Recreation Department for info on availability. Due to the limited availability and the portable nature of the equipment, our info is also limited.
230 Granville Road
Gahanna, OH 43230
The ramps, quarter and half-pipes, rails, pyramid fun box, ground rail, and grind box are all wooden. Well kept and easily used by beginners as well as experienced riders expanding their tricks repertoire. No bowls, and no good seating for parents. The park area is completely blacktopped, so bring folding chairs and cool drinks. A view from your car in the parking lot is possible if you get a good space. Bikes, blades, and boards are all permitted.
7232 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Kennedy is a mixed media park, with wood, metal and concrete elements all togethers. Most of the edges in this park are rolled steel. They have a large fun box with rail and ledges, a pyramid with a ledge, ramps, banks, and quarter-pipe, and a grind box. Flat surfaces with mixed media features can be much less intimidating for young beginners than even the shallowest bowls. All street ride and now bowl, Kennedy is not for bowl enthusiasts, although street tricksters will love it. There is some seating for parents, although not much shade, and there is a water fountain available, too. Bikes, boards, and blades are all welcome.
4252 Groves Road
This private for-pay park is permanently closed, despite social media misinformation.
50 East Lincoln Avenue
Great for all ages and abilities. Rails, ramps, and a large pool style bowl. Do keep a close eye on young ones to enforce good skatepark etiquette and to prevent crashes and crankiness with older, faster, and more impulsive riders. Not a lot of parent seating or shade available, but lots of grass to place a picnic blanket. There is a shelter within view, with shade and tables. Delaware welcomes skates, bikes, and blades.
500 Hereford Drive
Pickerington, OH 43147
Sycamore is mixed media rolled steel and concrete. Great for beginners, the ramps are seated in flat concrete, and there are rails, a fun box, banks, and ledges. Not super exciting for the experienced skater, and nothing interesting for bowl skaters, but a good solid starter for street rides. Also, because the features are almost entirely metal and dark in color, they heat up on a hot summer day. If a rider falls, he/she can be burned by the hot metal, so we strongly recommend pads at this and other mixed media parks. Limited seating and no shade for parents. Folding chairs and a cool drink are recommended.
Grove City Skate Park
3728 Hoover Road
Grove City, OH 43123
This skatepark has awesome bowls ranging in depth from 5 to 11 feet. They have a love seat in one section, and an 11 foot clam shell, coping, and great lines. The street section isn’t stellar, but it’s still good, with a granite ledge, euro and texas gaps, hips and a bank-to-ledge. Adored by expert skaters, the street ride area is fine for beginners, but close parental supervision is required to ensure good skatepark etiquette from young ones and to prevent crashes and crankiness from older skaters. This is a true city favorite, and well worth visiting. There are shaded shelters for parents to sit, and a few benches. On crowded days, though, you’ll be in the sun for sure.