A CC Skateboarder’s Guide to Colorado Springs

Memorial Skate Park

Address: 1315 E Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Memorial Skate Park is the largest skate park in the area surrounding the Colorado College campus. It boasts three different sized bowls, each with their own unique shape. In addition to these, Memorial has an extensive street course and both a mini ramp and a vert ramp. The park is mainly built from concrete which provides a smooth surface for learning new tricks and perfecting old ones. The skating opportunities are endless at this park for both beginners and long-time skaters.

Pros: Lights go on in the evening until 9 p.m; there are endless skating options; it’s close to campus.

Cons: The park can get too crowded on weekends or after school; there are a lot of little kids scootering around after 3 p.m.

Cartoon by Cate Johnson

Manitou Springs Skate Park

Address: 101 El Paso Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

While technically in the greater Colorado Springs area, the Manitou Springs Skate Park is fewer than five miles from campus and offers a hidden oasis for skateboarders looking to cruise around on a sunny afternoon. Although the park is roughly a 10th of the size of Memorial, about 4,500 square feet, the unique layout of the park outweighs its smaller scale. The skate park is home to two different half bowls, a spine, and two pyramids. An added bonus to visiting this skate park is the eclectic mosaics on and around the features of the park.

Pros: This skate park is generally empty and it’s great for beginners, especially skaters learning to drop-in.

Cons: If locals are there, a “locals-only” vibe is definitely apparent. There are not many features; the park can get boring quickly.

Goose Gossage Skate Park

Address: Mark Dabling Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Goose Gossage Skate Park boasts another unique layout accessible to both experienced and novice skateboarders. There is a large, shallow bowl, which is great for learning how to carve and it is usually empty during the morning or around lunch. There is also a great box feature for manuals and ledge grinds, as well as pyramid features around the corners of the park.

Pros: It has unique features; it’s quiet during school hours; and it’s a fun park for learning new tricks.

Cons: The concrete is not as well maintained as concrete at other parks. The park can be too small for more advanced skaters. There are many bikers there.

Julie Penrose Fountain

Address: 126 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

While “The Fountain;” as it’s affectionately known, is not a legitimate skate park, Colorado College students have turned it into a regular skate spot. Situated in the America the Beautiful Park, The Fountain sits at the back of a quiet, grassy lawn; only a few know it as a laid-back skate spot. Under the massive concrete structure is a concrete lampshade of sorts, surrounded by a secondary concrete loop. The spot offers a great opportunity to practice flat ground tricks and is a fun place for just skating around.

Pros: The only people there are the people you came with. Also, there’s beautiful architecture to skate under.

Cons: Because there are no skate park features, creativity is key.

Other local skate parks and spots

The curbs outside the Adam F. Press Fitness Center, the steps outside the north entrance of Tutt Library, the Gold Camp Road hill bomb, and Acacia Park.

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