Here’s what you need to know about the new skate park in Des Moines
The Lauridsen Skatepark is an 88,000 square feet attraction showcasing Olympic caliber park and street courses. It will be the largest open park in the country. The skate park is located on the north end of the Principal Riverwalk next to the Des Moines River. Features include a promenade, flow bowl, amoeba pool, snake run, and a skateable art piece entitled WOW.
2. Who is the park named for?
Philanthropists Nix and Virginia Lauridsen donated $1.6 million to build the park. Other donors include leaders in the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, the state’s Community Attractions and Tourism program, and many other private donors.
3. What events will be at the skate park?
Expect to see major events hosted at the park, especially with skateboarding being added as a new sport in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo later this summer.
4. When is the Dew Tour?
Adventure Sports Network Group is having its annual summer Dew Tour skateboard competition and festival in Des Moines, May 20-23, 2021, at the Lauridsen Skatepark. It will include World Skate sanctioned men’s and women’s skateboarding Street and Park competitions, making it the only U.S.-based global Olympic skateboard qualifying events for 2021.
The event will feature more than 300 of the world’s top male and female skateboarders competing for a chance to win the Dew Tour title and earn points toward the Olympic skateboarding team.
5. When can you use the park?
After the Dew Tour departs on May 26, the skatepark will be open every day from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. free of charge.