I’m a Skater-Mom: Skate Parks in Des Moines

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Hello, my name is Mary and I am a skater mom.

My 11-year-old daughter has been skateboarding for over a year now and I must admit this has become one of my favorite hobbies of hers. It has been so great to watch her gain confidence and independence as she gets better at skateboarding. In addition, it has been awesome to see more avid skateboarders be supportive of her as she is working on getting better. Almost every time she is out skating, she picks up tips and pointers from others. 

It is a very exciting time to be part of the skateboarding community in Des Moines right now; did you know that Des Moines is about to become the home to one of the largest skateboard parks in the nation? 

Lauridsen Skatepark is opening on May 22nd. Located on the north side of the downtown riverwalk, Lauridsen will boast an Olympic-quality skate experience for skateboards at all levels. To help kick off the opening, the 2021 Dew Tour will be held in our very own city from May 20-23rd. You can read more about that exciting event here. My daughter and I are very excited to try out the new park and we are hoping we can catch some of the Dew Tour action.

In preparation to skate at the new park, we are hitting many of the metro skateparks this spring. I have compiled a list for you so you and your kids can enjoy the spring weather while getting some exercise and making new friends. 

Des Moines Skate Parks + Map

Lauridsen Skatepark: 901 2nd Ave, Des Moines

Four Mile Skatepark: 3711 Easton Boulevard, Des Moines

American Legion Skatepark: 301 Vine St, West Des Moines

Crossroads Skatepark: 5205 Ashworth Road West Des Moines 

Walker Johnson Skatepark: 9000 Douglas Avenue Urbandale

Grimes Skatepark: 750 S James St, Grimes

Altoona Skatepark: 1000 Venbury Drive, Altoona

Prairie Ridge Skatepark: 1400 NW Prairie Ridge Drive, Ankeny

Indianola Skatepark: North G Street, West Euclid Avenue, Indianola

Skateboarding Tips

If you and your kids do plan to hit the skatepark this spring and summer make sure that you have a good quality skateboard–it really does make a difference. In addition, make sure your little skater is protected with a tight-fitting helmet, knee, elbow, and wrist pads to hopefully help prevent serious injury.

There are a few local skateboard shops in the metro, allowing you to support local businesses while you get your kids decked out for summer. The Dark Slide skate shop is located in Merle Hay Mall and is our favorite. Subsect Skateshop is located on Walnut Street in Des Moines and has a great selection of products. 

Are there any skateparks that I missed? Please share them as I would love to add them to our rotation! 

Des Moines Skate Parks

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