Carmel Valley Skatepark is a 13,500 concrete skatepark in the Carmel Valley neighborhood of San Diego, California that offers a street plaza and vert combi bowl.
|Location||Carmell Valley, San Diego|
|Address||12600 El Camino Real|
San Diego, CA 92130
|Features||Vert bowl, street plaza|
|Size||18,500 square feet|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards, scooters, skates|
|Designer||SITE Design Group|
|Hours||10 am to 8 pm|
Carmel Valley Skatepark Overview
Carmel Valley Skatepark is located in one of San Diego’s most affluent neighborhoods, just down the road from Paseo One, an upscale mall. The park, which opened in 2008, was designed by SITE Design Group with help from vert skating legend, Chris Miller.
As you’d expect from a park in a well-heeled area, Carmel Valley skatepark has all the amenities: bathrooms, shade, an observation area with bleachers, and lights for night skating. It’s a popular park and can get busy after school and on weekends. It’s located right next to the local police station.
The elephant in this park is the combi bowl. It’s pretty gnarly. The bowl has two round pockets and a vert square section that will make you think of the combi pool and upland that Miller was known for ripping. The Carmell Valley version is scaled down, but the square bowl is still pretty intimidating with little flat bottom and tight corners. The combi has pool coping and tiles all around.
The street plaza portion of the park offers a number of fun features, including two platforms with banks coming off their sides, one of which has a brick surface, reminiscent of the famed Brooklyn Banks of new york.
Getting to Carmel Valley Skatepark
From Interstate 5 south exit on Del Mar Heights Road. Turn left and travel east to El Camino Real where there is a traffic light. Turn right on El Camino Real. At the intersection of Elija Court, turn right into the parking lot.
From Interstate 5 north take the Carmel Valley Road exit. Turn right at the end of the exit and travel to El Camino Real. Turn left on El Camino Real. At the intersection with Elija Court, turn left into the parking lot.
The skate park is accessible by bus via SDMTS Route 89 (weekdays only).
For information on other nearby parks, check out our guide to San Diego skateparks. If you are looking for a good nearby coffee place, we recommend Philz which is located at One Paseo (it ain’t cheap, but it’s delicious!).