Downtown Austin is home to one epic skatepark, 15,000 square feet of cement that is perfectly organized for some serious skateboarding fun.
As with most US Skateparks we’ve visited, Austin offers a great mix of both street and ramp. Starting at the south east end you’ll find a truly beautiful bowl that’s uniquely dynamic in both shape and design. It’s kind of two largish bowls that meet with a nice little hump/hip in the middle. It’s mostly around 6ft but extends to 7ft in places and also has a 10ft rounded extension that hits vert. As well as being awesome for carving out smooth, fast lines, there’s also some great sections that work perfectly as a mini. The coping and surface are in near perfect condition making this bowl a total joy to ride.
Exiting the bowl will lead you down to a large, open street area that is cleverly filled with all kinds of rampy, streety goodness. It starts with series of banks, transitions, rails and staircases (9 & 6) that lead down to an open flat area full of interesting boxes, pyramids, rails and other oddities. At the southern end is some larger quarters and a 40ft long 3-4ft mini that’s a lot of fun. Scattered around the perimeter there’s even more boxes, edging and kinky little 2ft transitions. Everywhere you turn there’s something to use and the diversity of shapes and sizes means this skatepark is awesome for all skill levels.
If you know anything about Austin you’ll know it gets very very hot here so make the most of the small shaded areas and big trees around the bowl end. There’s also a viewing area that’s partially shaded and other seating scattered throughout.
The locals here are awesome and the park is well used by skaters and BMX’rs of all ages who really respect their park. A really great vibe.
Plenty of free parking and the park also has good restrooms and bubblers. Apart from the August heat this skatepark is a real cracker, highly recommended.Check out some more historical detail here.
3 Replies to “Mabel Davis (Austin) Skatepark”
I am looking for advice my son is 12 wants to learn how to skateboard correctly. Is there someone that would be able to help/teach/train him the basics is this skatepark a good place to start? Thanks
Id say this is a perfect place to start, it has a good mix of smaller things to learn on and all of the locals were really welcoming. We are actually based in Australia and are documenting all of the skateparks we visit on our travels so Im not sure about lessons in Austin. There is a really good skateboard store just near this skatepark and they would be able offer you good advice on lessons and getting started. its called No Comply and you can find them here: http://www.nocomplyatx.com/
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