Top 5 outdoor skateparks in Houston, Texas

Skateboarders who are headed through the City of Houston, Texas, may want to make a note of where the top five outdoor skateparks are so they can get their skate on. There are only five that I know of and most are free and open daily, year round. Here they are:

1. Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark

The 30,000 square foot Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark is located on 103 Sabine within Buffalo Bayou Park. It is open daily, year round, from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Considered to be the jewel of Houston's skateparks, it features a massive cradle, kidney bowl and street course area. It was also created by the well respected Gridline Concrete Skatepark Design. One of the nice things about this park is its location. The Buffalo Bayou Park offers a lot of additional recreational opportunities and amenities like a disc golf course, boat ramp, playground, sculpture garden and drinking fountains. Admission is free.

2. Watonga Skatepark

The 12,070 square foot Watonga Skatepark is located on 4100 Watonga Boulevard. It features a series of pipes, street spine, grinding surfaces, jump box, pyramid and bank ramp with a kicker. The park is suitable for skaters of various skill levels and admission is gratis.

3. Clinton Skatepark

The 12,070 square foot Clinton Skatepark is located on 200 Mississippi. It is open daily, year round. Like the Watonga Skatepark, it features a bank ramp with a kicker, a series of pipes, kinked grind box, kinked grind rail, jump box and more. Skaters, regardless of their abilities, should find something within the park to keep them entertained at least for a few hours. There is no admission charge.

4. Dylan Duncan Skatepark

The 5,402 square foot Dylan Duncan Skatepark is located on 3950 Rustic Woods. It features a kinked grinding rail, mini ramp, bank to stair with a rail, kicker ramp and benches. Out of all the skateparks in Houston it is purportedly the oldest. It was renovated in 2006 and is located within the Kingwood Community. In order for skaters to use the skatepark they must be Kingwood Community residents and be able to prove it. Otherwise they could receive a hefty fine if caught.

5. Eastwood Skatepark

The 4,928 square foot Eastwood Skatepark is located on 5020 Harrisburg. It features a mini ramp with a wedge, concrete benches, grind box, grind rail and a pyramid with a planter. Families will enjoy this skatepark because it is located within Eastwood Park. Eastwood Park features a public swimming pool, playground, shaded picnic area, barbecue grills and ball fields. It is open daily, year round and admission is free.

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Updated Monday, Sep 26, 2011