The David Armstrong Extreme Park is a 40,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skate park located in Louisville, Kentucky that first opened in 2002. The park underwent a massive reconstruction project in 2014 after 33% of the park was demolished to construct new ramps to the Abraham Lincoln Bridge that spans the Ohio River.
After the park’s reconstruction project was complete, the city renamed the park from the Louisville Extreme Park to the David Armstrong Extreme Park in dedication to the former mayor.
|Address||531 Franklin StreetLouisville, Kentucky 40202|
|Features||Halfpipe, 24-foot full pipe, flow bowl, two 11-foot bowls, two 8-foot bowls, a 6-foot bowl, spine, funbox, stairs, hubbas, handrails, ledges, banks, corners, and a manual pad.|
|Size||40,000 square feet|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards, in-line skates, BMX bikes, and scooters.|
|Hours||Open 24 hours a day|
David Armstrong Skatepark Overview
One of the main features of the David Armstrong Extreme Park is the full-sized 12-foot wooden vert-pipe. The vert-pipe contains a nice elevated roll-in and a super tall 13-foot extension for skaters wanting an insane amount of speed flowing down into the pipe.
Imagine the speed you can get dropping into a vert ramp from 25 feet up. You must either be completely crazy or a crazy good skater to drop in from that height. Fly down the massive drop-in and to the other side of the ramp to see how high you can get up and out of the pipe.
Another feature that the skaters of Louisville and the surrounding Ohio River Valley have grown to love is the massive 24-foot full pipe sitting at the end of one of the 11-foot bowls. Feel free to skate the 11-foot bowl in the wider open end or flow down into the narrower end where the full pipe awaits you. If you plan to get inverted in the full pipe, watch out for the circular cutout at the apex of the pipe.
In addition to the 11-foot bowl with the 24-foot full pipe, there are three other bowls. The three other bowls vary in depth from 6 to 11 feet. They contain plenty of pockets, hips, flow sections, and metal coping to keep any bowl skater occupied for days.
One of the bowls also has a good mix of street terrain scattered in and around it. The street terrain is almost completely surrounded by 6-foot corners and quarterpipes. You will find several hubbas and ledges creatively placed to allow skaters to through together runs from one end of the bowl to the other.
This shallower half street plaza, half open bowl, also contains a small run that flows up and then down into a much larger elongated bowl that contains an 11-foot deep pocket and a few additional hips of varying depths.
Although the bowls are the main attraction of the David Armstrong Extreme Park, there are plenty of street elements that completely surround the park. There are quarter pipes, sets of stairs, a nice pyramid funbox, and several handrails scattered about.
The David Armstrong Extreme Park is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week located below the Abraham Lincoln Bridge in Louisville, Kentucky.