Located in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Bakersfield skaters is a city of 380,000 people that was home to a solid skate scene and plenty of talented skaters, but no skateparks.
Luckily, city leadership has gotten on board with idea that skateparks as a terrific public investment, and now Bakersfield is now home to several killer skateparks, including Planz Park, North Beardsley, and others that we’ll highlight below.
Planz Park Skatepark
Planz Park Skatepark is a 7,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark in Bakersfield, California, that opened in 2014. Designed by Spohn Ranch Skateparks, Planz Park does a nice job of blending transition and street terrain.
North Beardsley Skatepark
North Beardsley Skatepark is an 8,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark in Bakersfield that opened in 2018. Another Spohn Ranch design, the skatepark, located on the northern side of the city, offers a mix of street and transition terrain and includes a bowl, snake run, and street plaza.
Beach Park Skatepark
Beach Park is the oldest of Bakersfield’s concrete skateparks and has a long history in the area. The park offers a large street plaza and concrete bowl. It’s big and burly. Put on your big kid pants.
Currently, Heritage Skatepark is modular skatepark located on the east side of Bakersfield. In 2021, the city announced plans to remodel the entire park, including the skatepark, but we haven’t come across updated plans for the park. Heritage Skatepark on the south side of the park at: 8636 Bernard St, Bakersfield, CA 93306.
RIP: Kernside Skatepark
Named in honor of Portland, Oregons, famed Burnside Skatepark, Kernside Skatepark was a DIY skate spot built by local Bakersfield skaters. Unfortunately, the park was demolished by the city in 2018.
This video gives a nice tour of some of Bakersfield’s skateparks: