Monitor Park Skatepark
Monitor Park Skatepark is a 6,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark in the Watts neighborhood of East Los Angeles. The skatepark is a street plaza-style park with banks, transitions, stairs, and other features.
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
|Address||1810 E 114th St|
Los Angeles, CA 90026
|Size||6,000 square feet|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards, scooters, skates|
|Hours||Dawn to Dusk|
|Design/Build||Spohn Ranch Skateparks|
Monitor Park Skatepark Overview
Monitor Park Skatepark, or just Monitor Skatepark, is located in the East Los Angles neighborhood of Watts, sandwiched between a children’s play area and some train tracks. The park is just north of Highway 105, off Monitor Avenue.
Built by Los Angeles-based Spohn Ranch Skateparks, the park is triangular in shape overall, with elevated platforms running along the perimeter that transition to the lower flat area via quarterpipes, banks, and stairs.
The park, which was a collaboration with the landscape architecture firm, EPT Design, and the Trust for Public Land, a non-profit that seeks to get people outdoors, does a nice job of mixing small-scale transition features with street skating elements.
When you first walk into the park, you’re on an elevated deck and can drop down to the flat below via a stair/bank combo with a handrail between. A curved quarter pipe flows along this side of the park, eventually leading into a mini-ramp/square bowl that has an extension.
A long bank runs along the other side of the park, opposite the stairs and curved quarterpipe, and includes a distinctive hip that juts out into the flat bottom. A couple of ledges along the top of the bank and the hip offer some options to get creative.
A pump bump in the middle of the park helps skaters keep speed as they travel between the sides.
A bonus of this Monitor Skatepark is that the children’s play area nearby is terrific for younger kids, who can play while older siblings or parents skate. The park is also called Willowbrook Skatepark, a reference to the nearby train stop.
While not the biggest or most feature-packed of LA’s many skateparks, Monitor Skatepark is a solid addition to the city’s park lineup.