A Skatepark for San Francisco

When The Trust for Public Land surveyed an empty patch of land in the southeast corner of Balboa Park, we saw an underutilized area with tremendous potential. So we got to work with the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department and installed what just may be the best skateboard park in all of San Francisco. No longer a lonely corner, the Balboa Skatepark is fast becoming the most popular feature of this newly transformed city park.

Designed by SpeerCo Skatepark Services, with guidance from neighborhood skater Chris Campbell, the skatepark is attracting kids from all over the the Bay Area. The innovative park isn’t just a concrete slab with rails—it’s fully loaded and constructed of Skatelite wood, a grippy surface material preferred by the world’s top action sports athletes.

Watch the grand-opening excitement, courtesy of San Francisco Parks & Recreation:

The skating community and local neighborhood are rallying around the skatepark, which offers kids a healthy and safe place to play—and a good reason to get off the couch.

“The skatepark is a great way to get kids of all ages involved in their community and it’s conveniently located right next to the Balboa Park BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station so it’s very accessible,” says The Trust for Public Land’s Trudy Garber. “It’s a great amenity for the city of San Francisco and the next generation of skateboarders.”