Gardner Skatepark (Jackson Playground Skatepark)
Gardner Skatepark, also referred to as the Jackson Playground Skatepark, is a 4,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark in Gardner, Massachusettes, that opened to the public in 2017. The Spohn Ranch skatepark design team designed and constructed the smaller-sized park in collaboration with the city of Gardner.
Gardner Skatepark Details
|Address||School Street & Cross Street|
Gardner, Massachusetts 01440
|Features||Quarterpipe, bowl, hubbas, ledges, banks, handrails, and flat rails.|
|Size||4,000 square feet|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards, in-line skates, BMX bikes, and scooters.|
|Hours||Sunrise to sunset|
The smaller city of Gardner, Massachusetts is home to a uniquely-designed Spohn Ranch skatepark that offers the local skateboarding community an outlet for blowing off some steam and practicing their skateboarding skills.
One of the main attractions of the Gardner Skatepark is the kidney-shaped bowl. The bowl contains two separate sections, a shallow and a deep end. The shallow end of the bowl flows effortlessly down into the deep end with a waterfall feature that divides the two sections.
Most days during the Massachuttess summer months you will find this bowl occupied with local skaters all taking their turns to shred the extra-smooth concrete and grind and slide the coping.
Aside from the kidney bowl, there are two-quarter pipes on either end of an elongated runway. In the middle of the runway, you will find a small street plaza section with a ledge, banks, a low-sitting flat rail, and a grindable bench-like structure.
At the entrance of the park, there is a taller quarterpipe that you can drop in on. Drop in from this quarterpipe and you can either grind the ledge or ride up a bank and drop in on the kidney bowl.
If you decide to hit the first ledge, after that you will immediately roll up on the low-sitting flat rail that is perfect for practicing your crooked and 5-0 grinds. After the rail, go down a nice bank to find another quarterpipe that you can hit with some speed to practice some of your favorite vert-style air tricks.
If the rail is not to your liking, just hang to the right and you will find a stand-alone hubba that you can either grind, slide or pop up on it and roll down.
Although the park is small, the place is ideal for younger skateboarding enthusiasts and those looking to practice their bowl skating skills. The kidney bowl is a great introduction to bowl skating where you can quickly develop your skills, and once you have mastered this small bowl, you then will be ready to find a park with a much larger bowl.
The Gardner Skatepark located at Jackson Playground is open from sunrise to sunset seven days a week as long as weather conditions permit. The park closes when there is rain or snow because the concrete can become incredibly slippery and unsafe.