|Oak Harbor Skatepark - Photo by Terril Semecki|
|Oak Harbor Skatepark corner - Photo by Terril Semecki|
|Oak Harbor Skatepark Elbow - Photo by Terril Semecki|
|Oak Harbor Skatepark Half Pipe - Photo by Terril Semecki|
|Oak Harbor Skatepark Square Rail - Photo by Terril Semecki|
|Oak Harbor Skatepark small pyramid - Photo by Terril Semecki|
|Oak Harbor Skatepark phase 1 - Photo by J. Greenwood|
Hey how's it going? I have some pictures of the finally completed skatepark out here. This took about 6 years from start to finish. I think the last bit of concrete was poured about two and a half years ago. I was a sophomore in highschool when the first phase was built and was already graduated from college when it was finally completed. All the skaters in town, with the help of a volunteer architect, a concrete company and a few other people, helped raise money and do actual labor on the park. The city wasn't especially helpful at first, but we got the first few phases built, and eventually they finished off the rest of the concrete. Lights are in the original plan, but the city has not made any progress towards this. We are trying to get them going again on the project because once the last section of concrete was poured they haven't really done anything. This is a good street oriented skatepark with two pyramids, hips and bumps all over the place, and there's a square rail and round rail that are mellow and not too high or low, just right. They are very similar to good street rails. The different sections of the park connect to each other pretty well so you can flow all over the place. The newest section in the back of the park was has a bump to manual pad and some good ledges and hips. There is a curved ledge and a long hubba ledge with a short runway, but its doable. There is also a bowl and a 4 foot halfpipe which escalates into a 6 foot pipe. The tranny section of this park isn't too bad but its not the highlight of the park, if that's what you are looking for, head north 20 minutes to Anacortes and catch the ferry to Orcas Island. To get here from I-5, take the Burlington/Anacortes exit and head west for about 20 minutes, then head south on Highway 20, just before Anacortes. Cross Deception Pass Bridge and head about 10 minutes into Oak Harbor. Take a left on Whidbey Ave. (at Jack in the Box), then take a right onto Jerome St. There's swimming pool/senior center/baseball field parking lot on the right. Park there and walk behind the baseball field and you are there. There's a skateshop, Gizmo's Boardshop, about two blocks north on Midway Blvd. if you break a kingpin or something. Have fun.
Oak Harbor Skatepark is about 18,000 sq. feet and has everything. The park has been around for about 5 years. All concrete, it has two pyramids, a 6 ft and 4 ft halfpipe connected with and escalater, good ledges everywere, Goldweld Grind rails helped out with the park, by donating and replacing some of the existing rails. This park is a good place to learn. Two five stair rails, one round, one square, real mellow and low. In back corner of park there as a Euro step-up to manual pad, and a really smooth hip next to it. Great flow around the park, lots of hips eveywhere. No lighs so come during the day. the park is located Two blocks south of Gizmo's Boardshop, off of Whidbey avenue of Jerome St. If you are coming in on highway 20, take a left on whidbey ave. then a right on Jarome st, and park in the Pool parking lot. It is located behind the pool in the feild. Most poeple don't know about this park because it is on Whidbey Island, and it is a good 30 minute! drive from Mt. Vernon.
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Arnold Gallows Oak Harbor, WA
8:31pm on Saturday, February 5th, 2011
Best. Skatepark. In. The. World. Great skaters skate here like Alex Prouty!!!!!