The Etnies Skatepark located in Lake Forest, California is one of the largest skateparks in the United States. The park is now a 57,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark that was first constructed in 2003 and then expanded in 2011.
One of the best skateparks in Orange County, Etnies was designed and constructed by SITE Design Group with guidance from Etnies, the city of Lake Forest, and the local skateboarding community. The park is free to all residents of Lake Forest and the nearby Foothill Ranch.
Non-residents are required to pay a one-time $15 fee to obtain an identification card that gets them access to the facilities.
|Location||Lake Forest, California|
|Address||Etnies Skate Park of Lake Forest20028 Lake Forest Drive Lake Forest, California 92630|
|Features||Multiple bowls, mini-ramp, open bowl, jump box, cradle, spine, wall ride, bars, stairs, banks, ledges, flat rails, gaps, handrails, kickers, poles, funbox, London gap, manual pads, quarter pipes, corners, curbs, hubbas, and roll-ins.|
|Size||57,000 square feet|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards, in-line skates, BMX bikes, and scooters.|
|Hours||Mon: 11:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m.|
Tue: 11:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Wed: 11:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Thu: 11:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Fri: 11:00 a.m. — 10:00 p.m.
Sat: 10:00 a.m. — 10:00 p.m.
Sun: 10:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m.
|Fee||One-time fee of $15 for residents to receive an identification card for entry. |
Residents of Lake Forest and Foothill ranch can get an identification card for free.
|Design/Build||SITE Design Group|
Etnies Skatepark Overview
The Etnies Skatepark, with its sprawling concrete and endless sea of bowls, can be kind of intimating if it is your first time visiting the park. Many skaters may be dumbfounded about where to even begin.
If you are a bowl skater, then you are going to be impressed by the selection of bowls that the Etnies Skatepark has to offer. Starting in the far corner is a massive bowl with six different hips, an off-shoot elongated rounded rectangle bowl, and an over-vert capsule in the center.
The entire bowl contains grindable ceramic coping and the top edge of the over-vert contains a creatively placed handrail for only the bravest skaters.
Next to that bowl is a small diamond-shaped clover leaf bowl and a waterfall bowl that flows down from the smaller shallow end section to the circular deep end of the bowl. A little past that and you have one more waterfall bowl that flows from the shallow end into the deep end which is comprised of two different large circular bowls.
After that you have one extremely large open bowl with hips, pockets, volcanos, and quarter pipes that border the entire open bowl. Outside the open bowls, you will find a mini-ramp with bowl edges and the street plaza section.
The street plaza section contains two massive stair sets and plenty of ledges, hubbas, and rails to grind. The street plaza section is quite large and its unique shape and combination of street-style obstacles make it a favorite among skaters all over California.