Eucalyptus Skatepark (aka Chula Vista Skatepark)
Eucalyptus Skatepark is a 21,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark in the San Diego County town of Chula Vista, California.
|Location||Greg Rogers Community Park, Chula Vista, California|
|Address||1301 Oleander Avenue|
Chula Vista, CA 91911
|Features||Street plaza, bank plaza, bowl|
|Size||21,000 square feet|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards, scooters, skates, BMX|
|Hours||8 am to dusk|
|Design/Build||Spohn Ranch Skateparks|
Eucalyptus Skatepark Overview
Chula Vista’s skatepark has lived a few lives. It first opened in 2003 as the privately-owned Chula Vista Boys & Girls Club, making it one of the older San Diego skateparks currently in use. It was closed in 2017, due to cost and maintenance issues. In early 2018, the city took over the park, did some cleaning and repairs, and reopened it as the Len Moore Skatepark. Later it was renamed the Eucalyptus Skatepark, and so it remains.
“Kids in the community really wanted a place to skate,” said Shaun Ellis, city principal recreation manager, when the park reopened. “So rather than them breaking in, we want it to be more of a positive thing — a place where adults can skate or where parents can go with their kids.”
Located in Greg Rogers Community Park, Eucalyptus Skatepark is surrounded by a fence and has restrooms on-site. Walking through the gates and into the skatepark feels like entering the Roman Coliseum.
The park has several distinct sections, including a street plaza, vert bowl, and an old-school style bank plaza (not sure what it’s called to be honest).
The skatepark’s central feature is a large street plaza with gladiator-sized features. The plaza is surrounded by large quarterpipes and has a fun box in the center with a table-top, hips, rail, and hubba ledges. There are also lots of other street skating areas dispersed throughout the park.
The bowl is an interesting shape–shaped like an eight with some unusual bends in the walls and copying. I didn’t get a chance to skate it and could be totally wrong, but it looked like it would be tricky to keep speed in, as the deck is sloped and the shallow end was higher than the deep end. The bowl has steel coping all the way around.
The “bank plaza” is interesting. I’m guessing it was intended as a place for less advanced skaters to ride, but that’s just a guess. It had some interesting hips and a flat rail in the bottom. I could see some adventurous types doing interesting things with the surrounding fence–maybe airing over it or airing to stall and back in…