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10 free skate parks to shred at this summer

From Arlington to Prince William County, here’s where to practice skating in Northern Virginia all summer long.

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Whether you’re new to the sport or looking to strengthen your skills as a skater, there’s something for everyone at the various skate parks sprawled across NoVA. Here, we share what each park has to offer, ranging from freestyle to competitive courses. 

Powhatan Springs Skate Park
7 a.m.-10 p.m.
New to Arlington as of May, the Powhatan Springs Skate Park offers something for everyone. The entirely renovated park, which was a community effort to build, features retro and modern elements across 16,300 square feet, including two bowls, a snake zone and a street area for younger skaters to practice basic skills. // 6020 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Wakefield Skate Park
Monday-Fridays, noon-9:30 p.m.; Weekends, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wakefield Skate Park is a great spot for competitive skaters who want to challenge themselves, equipped with a euro gap, bank ramp, roll-over radius and more. In addition, there is a freestyle course within the park, giving those who are still learning the basics of the sport the chance to practice. // 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale

Lake Fairfax Skate Park
8 a.m.-9:20 p.m.
Sprawled across 15,000 square feet, this outdoor facility features various hurdles, including a manual pad, a shark fin, ledges and rails, for experienced skaters to test out their moves in a safe, secure setting. // 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston

Manassas Skate Park: Dean Park
Sunrise-sunset
Whether you’re looking to get some air on a skateboard or perform a twist on a trick bike, Dean Park is the site for you. Equipped with several half pipes, rails and also benches for friends to watch as you shred, all skaters are sure to have fun. // 9501 Dean Park Lane, Manassas

Scott D. Eagles Skatepark
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Located within Veterans Memorial Park, this facility consists of a 60-foot kidney bowl, as well as a 6,30- square-foot open-flow course, equipped with grind rails, ramps, several ledges, stairs and jumps. Visitors are encouraged to wear protective equipment at all times and be supervised by an adult if they are 12 years of age or younger. // 14300 Veterans Drive, Woodbridge

Eric Brown Skate Plaza
Dawn-dusk
Unlike most skate parks in the NoVA region, this one stands alone without any other park amenities available, making it a complete skate zone with no other distractions. Features include vertical walls, benches, rails, a bowl and other street elements. // 141 Catoctin Circle SE, Leesburg

Schuyler Hamilton Jones Skatepark
9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Consisting of half pipes, quarter pipes and rails, this spot in Alexandria is great for relatively advanced skaters who need to strengthen their kickflips and ollies in a secluded setting. // 3540 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria

SkatePark at Trailside Park
Dawn-dusk
No matter your skill level or choice of equipment, ranging from rollerskates to skateboards, Herndon’s skate park is welcoming to all. The outdoor space consists of bowl and street elements all made of smooth concrete, making it a great location to practice with friends. // 1022 Crestview Drive, Herndon

Dulles South Skate Park
Dawn-dusk
Maintained by Loudoun County, this skate park stays up to date with the seasons, making it readily accessible to skaters of all ages and skill levels. All athletes are required to wear appropriate safety equipment while practicing on the ramps, rails, stacked ledges, pump bump and other features. // 24950 Riding Center Drive, Chantilly

Van Dyck Park
Dawn-dusk
While small, this fenced-in skate park has everything beginner skaters need to take them to the next level, including features like launch ramps that are helpful for getting air and quarter pipes, allowing skaters to reach their peak height of a jump. // 3720 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

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