McBride Skatepark is an 11,000 square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark in Long Beach, California. The skatepark, which opened in 2012, is a street plaza-style park
|Location||Long Beach, California|
|Address||1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue|
Long Beach, CA 90813
|Size||11,000 square feet|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards, scooters, skates, BMX|
|Hours||9 am to 7 pm|
|Design/Build||Spohn Ranch Skateparks|
McBride Skatepark Overview
McBride Skatepark is officially named McBride Skate Plaza. Located north of Long Beach’s Cambodia Town, the skatepark is situated within Ernest McBride Park, and was the city’s first public skatepark to be built in modern times.
The 11,000-square-foot park is a large square street skating plaza with a gravel and tree island in the middle. The park has a large China wall on one side with an LBC sign embedded in the center of the wall.
The skatepark includes a stair and bank set with a handrail and hubba included and another bank and stair set with a hubba and a curved table-light ledge in the middle.
Another area includes ledges, benchs, and manual pads. There are also a couple of flat rains, a small transition area with hips, and a gap.
Designed by California-based Spohn Ranch Skateparks, funding for McBride Skatepark was in part provided through the Tony Hawk Foundation (now the Skateboard Project) and the park opened with lots of hoopla, including a visit by Tony Hawk himself.
“It’s an excellent street-plaza design, with just enough transitions to make it well-rounded,” Hawk said at the time. “It has something for all skill levels, and is exactly the type of project, area, and advocacy that we want to get involved with. It should be an example for other communities to follow.”
The opening was attended by pro skaters Geoff Rowley, Ron Chatman, Riley Hawk, Danny Gonzalez, Daewon Song, Chad Tim Tim, Clive Dixon, and Danny Montoya, plus BMXers Aaron Ross, Dakota Roche, and Gabe Brooks
Here’s a video tour of the park, shot in 2013: