1. RAD Skatepark – Menden, MA. It’s the kind of skatepark where you’re pretty sure the dudes put all their money into it and are living in the back. Every piece seems like it went in a bit at a time as they made a bit more money, the park flows nice, but it’s segmented out enough that 50 kids can fit in without it being a Haven session.
2. The Shelter – Albany, NY. It’s a bike park. It flows like a bike park. There’s a 20×50 area in the corner for flat ledge grinding, which is all you need for that.
3. Haven – New Haven, CT. But just the bowl. The bowl is amazing. Actually, the rest is cool too but there are always ten thousand kids and only one person can ride the main line at once.
4. Rye Airfield- Rye, NH. Rye is big, but it’s mostly stock park obstacles. The new hip/spine/mini/oververt section in the back is awesome, and the clover bowl is always empty and easy to go really fast in.
1. Penticton, BC. I didn’t actually ride there this year, but it’s still the best park ever.
2. Wethersfield, CT. A testament to the fact that you don’t need a ton of money to build a rad cement park. It’s small but it has great flow and a killer pool.
3. Greenlake – Seattle, WA. The bowl has a great speed line and there’s a pool out back to keep the skaters happy. The main section is pretty standard, but there’s a nice tombstone for wallrides and sub box fun.
4. Windsor Locks, CT. I have a baby at home, so a park that’s ten minutes from my house will always be near the top of my list. It’s a pretty simple layout, a place you go to learn stuff, and that’s fun.
5. Killingly, CT. Another small and cost effective cement park. The quarter channel/vert wall setup is so much fun to air. I like that a lot of the ramps have no coping. It makes you do different lip tricks.
6. Bondville, VT. It’s super weird and small, but that’s what makes it fun. Figuring out lines is tricky, but once you do it’s really interesting to ride.
7. Hudson, MA. It has regular six foot transitions, which makes it an anomaly aorund here. It also has the best cheater skatepark rail that’s almost full-sized.
8. New Poco, BC. If I was more adventurous I would totally love this bowl. It has lots of big lines, which makes it really fun to watch Travis Sexsmith ride, but I can’t do much in there. The main secton has a great steep bank feature and there are a lot of fun little jibs.
9. Northampton, MA. The bowl is fun for speed lines, and there are a couple other things to do there. The transitions are six feet and nearly vert, which is kind of nice for airing, but terrible for hangups. One of my favorite things to do is lean into a hip hanger and carve the whole deep end.
10. Green Manor – Enfield, CT. This park is so fun that several people I know are there every day for most of the day.